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What is a good external microphone for cell phones to record concert audio with?

Preferably something I can get off of Amazon or anywhere that would ship pretty quick. Looking for something in the $30-50 range.

The concert will be a pretty loud rock/metal concert if that helps.

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  • 1 month ago

    This is a recent review of what are supposed to be the best smartphone-compatible mics:

    There are some on the $40 - $50 range.

    Do not expect too much if using anything that connects via a 3.5mm jack, as the microphone input circuits in most phones are not really designed for high quality music recording.

    They are also strictly mono.

    You would need a setup with an external ADC (so USB connected) for better quality (if the mic etc. is up to it) and for the possibility of stereo.

    A dedicated audio recorder such as one of the Zoom models can give massively better results, with an all-in-one device.

    You can get really superb results with a phone or tablet by using a proper audio interface and good mics, but not for $50 and it's not in any way a portable setup..

    If you can stretch your budget a bit, you can get a Zoom H1N from Amazon for about $100

    That's a small all-in-one device that would give vastly better results, both quality (24 bit @ 96KHz, far beyond "CD" quality) and stereo, than any portable setup using a phone.

    You just need an SD card to record on. Make sure it's not a cheap ebay fake, though..

    More info on that device:

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