Hello from Nerdville;
NOTE: George tested the iXZ with an iPod Touch with good results, but it's lousy with the iPhone.
Check out this WAV file (to download to your desktop)
OR this MP3 (this one will stream in your browser)
After the line by line comparision, you will hear the complete reads all the way through..... 1: 416 2: Tascam iM2 3: iphone built in mic. I am favorably impressed.
I set the volume almost wide open......with the limiter on the iM2 switched off. I worked it about 5 inches away to the side, at about a 75 degree angle, to minimize plosives and wind. I have ordered an extension cable, so that I will be able to read a script off the iPhone while recording.
You really have to be careful to hold the mic very still....it is very sensitive to movement and wind. Note: switch the iphone to "airplane mode" or you may pick up some RF noise, and be disturbed by notifications.
In either case, iPhone or iPad, you can start recording and multi-task.......that is, switch to the email client.....by double clicking the home button, and selecting the email icon. Twisted Wave will continue recording in the background with no problem, and will indicate this by the red bar notification at the top of the screen. You then return to TW at the end of your read by double clicking on the home button and selecting the TW icon.
You will not want to try to narrate a documentary with this, but certainly for tags and short promos.......it's not bad at all. And it may save your client's bacon when you are nowhere near a studio and they have an emergency. I had equally good results on the original iPad.
There are a couple of other interfaces in the pipeline that will allow us to use the 416 in the field with iOS ......but the ship dates keep getting pushed back.
In the meantime, for 80 bucks, and something that is truly pocketable, this is not bad at all.