Montebello, CA (November 23, 2011)—Tascam has introduced a pocket-sized iM2 stereo microphone for Apple's iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch.
A pair of condenser microphones—same as Tascam's DR-series recorders—plugs into the dock connector of the Apple device. The microphones reportedly are adjustable over 180 degrees for optimal sound placement. The iM2 contains its own microphone preamp and analog-to-digital converter; according to Tascam, unlike mics that use the built-in iPhone preamp, the iM2 can handle up to 125 dB SPL sounds for concerts and instruments.
Also enclosed in the iM2 is a stereo limiter to "tame sudden loud sounds." The microphone level is adjustable with a knob on the side, so users can adjust without looking at the unit. It's powered through the dock connector, so no battery is required. A USB input is provided to charge the Apple iOS device for long recordings, either through a computer or Tascam's PS-P515U power adapter.
Paul Jenkins, senior vice president for TEAC America, says, "The iM2 stereo mic was a natural succession after our well-received launching of the iXZ mic/guitar interface in September. Anyone can come out with an iOS product, but we want to ensure that our portable devices are of the utmost quality, and I believe this product will be another hit with our customers."
A PCM Recorder app, a companion to the iM2, will be available shortly on the iTunes store at no charge.