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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.

And if it doesn't work, I'm gonna finally sell this stupid mic I've been storing for 16 years.

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@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.

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@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.

audio/recording gearmongering 

@mayor @Jazzaria I have the older version that was meant for the Pro Walkman. It's always worked rather well with any Mic input I've ever tried.

I've never met a Mac with a proper mic input. I bought a Griffin iMic with my first iBook, and it's been handy ever since.

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@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 🤔)

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@mayor its Mic/Line switch is a lifesaver

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