I would say that the self noise of the recorder is a primary concern for
me. That's why I suggested the SONY M10 rather than the ZOOM H2N. I tested
the iPhone 4 but it was noisier than the SONY. I'd like to test with my
Galaxy S4 as well.
2016-03-30 6:10 GMT+02:00 Bill Kraus [naturerecordists] =
> In a nutshell, yes - (I'm focusing on 16 bit mono here).
> There are, though, a few considerations when using an external mic with a=
> Android device like a Samsung. First, some devices can be finicky when it
> comes to the TRRS plug - e.g. plugging the cable in first before starting
> the recording app rather than plugging in while an app is running,
> Sometimes a cheap mic won't work, etc.
> Second, both Android devices and iOS devices are limited to a top
> frequency of around 24 kHz (sampling rate of 44.1 to 48 kHz, depending on
> the device) thru the TRRS jack.
> Finally, the recording app should turn off any prefiltering of the
> incoming audio - while this prefiltering is fine for music, isn't optimal
> for wildlife recordings.
> At that point, it's just a matter of sampling the incoming data and savin=
> it out to file - the quality of the signal just depends on your mic.
> On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 8:44 PM, Peter Shute
> [naturerecordists] <> wrote:
>> Is it that easy to record with an external microphone on a Samsung? I wa=
>> under the impression that it's not so simple with an iPhone, but perhaps
>> iPhones are different, and perhaps it also depends on the microphone. Do=
>> anyone know if that microphone would be simple to record with using an
>> iPhone? I forget what the issue with them was.
>> Peter Shute
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From:
>> > Sent: Wednesday, 30 March 2016 5:48 AM
>> > To:
>> > Subject: [Nature Recordists] Basic Bird Song/Call Recording Kit
>> > Recommendation
>> > Looks like I found the right group for this... ;-) I am a complete
>> novice at
>> > recording. I did do a search and found post 30490 - "An inexpensive
>> > recorder for birders" - which is what I'm looking for. A basic recorde=
>> > singling out nearby bird songs/calls, mainly for identification and
>> > I was thinking (hoping) that a shotgun-type microphone that plugs into
>> > Samsung S5 could work? I wrote Sennheiser about using their MKE 400,
>> > they replied that it "...has a standard 3.5mm TRS plug and hence would
>> > connect into Samsung smartphone without issue and without the need for
>> > any additional adapters." This mic would have the added bonus that I
>> > use it on my DSLR.
>> > Has anyone used this with a Samsung smartphone? Is it effective? Or
>> should I
>> > look into a dedicated recorder such as a Zoom H2N or TASCAM DR-40 or
>> > PCM-M10 or something else? Not really wanting to spend over ~$250 and
>> > not intending to become even close to a pro bird recorder. The
>> > itself works just ok for recording, but difficult to focus on a
>> specific bird song
>> > or call when there are many going on around you. Thanks!
>> > -Doug
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