Tascam is celebrated in the professional audio industry for having provided the world with high-quality audio recording equipment for the past three decades. So when the company made the iM2 digital recorder that attaches to iOS devices, we knew it wasn’t just a toy. The iM2 turns an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into a high-quality stereo recorder, providing it with a pair of condenser microphones that are of the same class as Tascam’s best-selling DR-series recorders. The gadget plugs into the dock connector of your Apple device and allows you to record stereo CD quality (44.1kHz PCM) wave files.
The iM2 works well with pretty much every recording app including your device’s video camera, which means you can take videos with hi-definition stereo sound. The microphone level is adjustable using a knob on the side of the unit so you can record at the right volume whether the source is soft or loud. It can handle up to 125dB sound levels and contains a stereo limiter for taming sudden loud sounds, which means that you can capture even the loudest concerts without distortion. The iM2 has its own microphone preamp and analog-to-digital converter that is way better than what comes with your iOS device, so your recordings will have lower noise and superior sonic clarity.
The twin microphones are adjustable over 180 degrees so you can point them to a desired subject, which adds the needed flexibility in many situations such as recording interviews and podcasts. It’s powered through the dock connector so there’s no need for batteries or charging, and it even includes a USB input so that you can charge your iOS device while the iM2 is attached. The Tascam iM2 is at its best when partnered with its accompanying PCM recording app that has similar controls as Tascam’s range of pro-class audio recorders. The iM2 sells for USD $79.99 (approximately Php 3,360).