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Zoom iQ5 Professional Stereo Microphone for iOS

A Revolution In Stereo Microphones The iQ5 For the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

The Zoom iQ5 is a high-quality mid-side stereo condenser mic, perfect for recording music and compact enough to be slipped into your pocket. Simply connect it to the Lightning connector of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and get ready to do some serious stereo recording any time, any place.

Up Your Impact

The iQ5 enables you to create anywhere and stir the world around you. Blur the line between observer and instigator by matching significant content with quality sound.

Versatility For Audio And Video

The iQ5 employs a unique rotating mechanism that enables audio recording with correct left-right stereo orientation whether used vertically or horizontally. Use it in standard “audio” position or simply rotate it to the “video” position in order to record video with the attached iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch held horizontally.

Zoom iQ5 Professional Stereo Microphone for iOS - Top left closeup

Mid-Side Stereo Made Easy

Mid-side recording makes it easy for anyone to record in realistic (and fully mono-compatible) stereo. The iQ5 contains two microphone elements: a directional “mid” mic that captures audio coming from in front, and a bidirectional “side” mic that covers ambient signal.

Stereo width can be customized to the precise recording situation: Set it to 90° to hone in on an individual sound, or 120° for a wider image that includes the surrounding ambience and reverberation. For even more control, record the mid and side mic signals as raw MS data so that you can later adjust the stereo width from 30° to 150° with Zoom's free Handy Recorder iOS app

Zoom iQ5 Professional Stereo Microphone for iOS - Video recording

Control + Monitor

Precision gain control

The iQ5 makes it easy to capture great sound no matter what type of material you’re recording. Dial in the exact input level you need with the analog-type MIC GAIN wheel, choose Auto Gain to automatically set the perfect recording level, or use the Limiter setting to avoid overloads.

Headphone monitoring

The iQ5's dedicated headphone jack enables direct monitoring during both recording and playback.

Zoom iQ5 Professional Stereo Microphone for iOS - both sides

The Zoom Handy Recorder App

Zoom's free Handy Recorder app is specially designed for use with the iQ5. Simply download it from the App Store and install it on your iOS devices. The Handy Recorder app allows you to record in linear PCM (WAV) 16-bit/44.1kHz format for CD-quality audio that accurately captures the full subtlety of acoustic instruments and spaces. When you need to conserve storage space for long recordings, you can instead record in compressed AAC format for smaller file sizes and faster data transfer.

Effects to shape the sound

The Handy Recorder effects presets enable you to easily shape and control your sound. Add reverb for extra richness, or dynamics processing to give performances more punch. Six-band EQ enables full tonal control, and there's also a normalization feature that allows you to increase the volume of your recordings to the maximum possible level.



File division

With the DIVIDE function, you can separate files into their important components. By deleting unnecessary sections, you can increase the amount of open space on your iOS device and extend the available recording time.





Automatic recording

The Handy Recorder's automatic recording function can be used to start and stop recording when a preset level is reached—convenient when recording meetings or speeches and in other situations when you want to capture sound only when it rises above a certain level.


A World Of Possibilities

The iQ5 can be used with most iOS apps that support audio input from an external microphone. Use it with the standard iOS Camera app to record high quality audio to go with your video and then use streaming apps to broadcast live performances. Record vocals and instruments with music apps like Apple’s GarageBand and take your Instagram and Vine creations to a new level of excellence.

Media

Video

Zoom iQ5 - Product Information Video
Zoom iQ5: How to export files from iOS device

This guide will show how to export files recorded with the Handy Recorder App onto your computer. Remember, always unplug the iQ5 from the iOS device before attempting to upload files.

B&H's look at the iQ5

The Zoom iQ5 is a lightweight, inexpensive Mid-Side stereo microphone for lightning iOS devices.

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Automatic Recording

The iQ5's automatic recording function can be used to start recording when a preset level is reached—convenient when recording meetings or speeches and in other situations when you want to capture sound only when it rises above a certain level.

Mid-side recording made easy

The iQ5 actually contains two microphone elements: a directional "mid" mic that captures audio coming from in front and a bidirectional "side" mic that covers ambient signal. Stereo width can be set to 90° or 120° according to the recording situation, or you can opt to record the mid and side mic signals as RAW data and then use Zoom's Handy Recorder iOS app to adjust the stereo width from 30˚ to 150˚.

Specs

Microphone:

Mid-side (M-S) stereo condenser mic(90°/120°/M-S)

Output connector:

Stereo mini jack (combined headphone/line level output)

Audio quality:

44.1kHz/16bit , 48kHz/16bit

Input gain:

+ 0 to + 40dB 

Maximum input sound pressure:

120dB SPL

Connector:

Lightning connector

USB:

Mini-B connector (only for recharging the connected iOS device)

Power:

Powered by the connected iOS device

The connected iPhone/iPod touch should be powered with the genuine Apple power adapter that was included with it. (iPad/iPad mini does not support this function.) 

Compatible devices:

iPhone (5, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad mini

Supported OS:

iOS 6.0 or newer

Dimensions:

58.6 (w) x 62.4 (d) x 38.5 (h) mm

Weight:

30.5g