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Chat about Equipment Info
 #41106  by BlobWeird
 Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:27 pm
Is there such a thing. I have a micromemo ipod voice recorder but the mic isnt the greatest. I mean it does good but I figure id benefit more from a real mic. So I plan on gettin the Shure 57. It says the output is through a male XLR plug. The jack on the ipod is 3.5mm. So anyone know how to go about this and where I could find somethin to make it work? Tried google and came up empty handed.

 #41107  by Tennessee Jedi
 Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:33 pm
Radio Shack my man.
I dont know if what you want is real or not but they could tell you (and/or might have another option ).
Good luck......

 #41671  by jenkins
 Sat Apr 12, 2008 1:26 pm
Have you figured it out yet bro? Thats awesome if u can record right onto your IPOD. seems like it would be great for just putting down song ideas anywhere.

You should be able to get a 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter.
Than you would go 1/4 to xlr. YOu should be able to find those adapters at radio shack, but they might suck sound quality out of the 57.

 #41689  by BlobWeird
 Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:35 pm
Well i can already record straight to the ipod. I have an Ipod mic. But it has a little jack where you can plug in an external mic. So I figured using a real instrument mic instead of just the voice recorder it comes with would be better quality. THe quality with this is pretty sweet though. Just not warm enough.

 #41690  by willmusic
 Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:56 pm
In most cases you can find an adapter for your needs. If you can think of a plug/jack-to-different kind of plug/jack there is probably a cable/adapter out there to accommodate you. Or you can make your own (?)

 #41711  by FretfulDave
 Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:11 pm
there are many cable types and adapters out there. Some from Radio Shack. I have a couple of Radio Shack branded Shure mics from x number of years ago and they have XLR on the mic end and 1/4" phone on the other, rather than XLR on both ends as with most mic cables. The XLR to 1/4" phone adapters seem to add a db loss, at least to my ears, probably due to impedance mismatches, so I don't use them even though it is all supposed to work. Perhaps, from Radio Shack or your favorite parts supplier, get XLR to 1/4" phone plug cables and buy 1/4" to mini-phone adapters, i.e. 1/4" phone to 1/8" (3.5 mm) phone. This would eliminate one conversion point, which would be good for loss and may help the impedance problems I have run into with the XLR -> 1/4" phone adapters.


Good luck,


 #42035  by BlobWeird
 Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:53 am
Wow jenkins I searched and searched and couldnt find it. Thanks alot!!!! And Pete I might have to check that out. Looks like a decent little mic. Depends whether or not I pick up a Multi-track recorder or not. I might just get a Boss BR1200. Anyone know of somethin similar thats better? Hmm maybe ill make a new thread for that.