Right after apple released garageband I bought a Sony ECM-MS907 stereo condenser mic which I attempted to use with a variety of hardware for a few years, but I didn't really know anything about digital recording, and never really got decent results from it.
It's got a 3.5mm TRS connector and was clearly intended mostly for field recording-type situations on a class of devices that are far less common these days, assuming you'd be plugging it into a DAT or minidisc recorder (which were the high tech tools when this mic was first rolled out, I think in the 1990s). I don't remember what the input configuration on the apple hardware I had in 2004 was but I was under the impression that the mic *ought* to have worked, but the signal was always suuuuuper quiet no matter what I tried.
Eventually picked up a cheap dynamic mic and preamp that I got slightly better results from and used for a while, and finally a few years ago I got an actual audio interface and a decent large diaphragm condenser mic, which was life-changing.
It occurred to me last night that in the 12 years I've been using iOS devices, I've never actually attempted to connect the ECM-MS907 to an iphone or ipad.
A bit of googling would *seem* to suggest that iOS devices support external mics via a TRRS adapter which usually takes the form of a splitter with a one connector for a mic, and one for headphones.
Similarly, it looks like you can do Stereo 3.5mm mic TRS -> TRRS -> lightning adapter, but in my case I'm already using my iPad's lightning port for my audio interface, and my interface only has one XLR input + one Hi-Z input, so 3.5mm jack it is for now.
I just ordered a $9 adapter, I'll be very interested to see if it works... fun to contemplate being able to get a good track from my large diaphragm mic plus a stereo track (maybe mic'd a bit further away to get some room ambience), or mic instrument + vox separately if I ever get to that point.
@mayor It most likely expects plug-in power, a terribly underdocumented and unsearchable technical detail for some microphones (*not* the same as phantom power).
TLDR - it's basically made for professional camera users who want better sound but still high portability. Distressingly little music gear provides plug-in power, though some gear that lets you tune the input gain *may* be workable.
@Jazzaria yeah, it's hard to say; the manual certainly doesn't mention it. It's definitely a mic for the DAT/camcorder era; the manual I found online has a copyright of 1996.
It does have its own on-board 1.5v (AA battery) power, so we'll see.
@scruss @Jazzaria 🤯 I think I actually have an imic somewhere that I completely forgot about, I’m going to have to go rummage through a couple of attic bins of random cables and tech gewgaws. I don’t have any memory of using it regularly and I’m not sure why (or when in the chronology of my recording attempts I got it; like, I don’t remember using it with the sony mic 🤔)
@mayor its Mic/Line switch is a lifesaver
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