PeterDuke wrote on 6/24/2015, 1:51 AM
Why do they call it a microphone and not an audio/sound recorder?
John_Cline wrote on 6/24/2015, 2:14 AM
I don't know, I wasn't in charge of naming the thing.
DGates wrote on 6/24/2015, 3:34 AM
"...Why do they call it a microphone and not an audio/sound recorder?..."

Because InstaAudioSoundRecorder might be a tad too long?
farss wrote on 6/24/2015, 3:48 AM
Whatever it's called it seems more expensive and less capable than the Zoom H1.
It's only plus is it's smaller and waterproof.

cold ones wrote on 6/25/2015, 12:05 PM
John Cline, thanks a million for this!

I've been looking for something exactly like this for years, to replace multiple expensive wireless mics. Prior to this I've demoed a dozen lousy little USB microphone clip-on thingys, which are primarily designed for long recording durations, not quality recordings.

If nothing else, this Instamic will be a great backup when using a traditional mic setup. Thanks again for posting.
Geoff_Wood wrote on 6/25/2015, 8:51 PM
Ha - I read Subject as "Instamatic" !

Byron K wrote on 6/27/2015, 1:00 PM
This is a really cool device and I could see using a couple of these, but do the specs seem a little anemic for 48k/24bit recording?

24 bit audio gives you a theoretical dynamic range of 144, this thing doesn't even come close @ 83db?

The recording time is only limited to 2 hrs @ 48/24? I'd need at least 3-4 hours.

Frequency response is limited at 50Hz. A piano goes down to about 27Hz.
The upper frequency 18kHz. Drum cymbols goes above that.

So w/ these specs, I take it that this device is primarily designed for spoken audio rather than musical?
ChristoC wrote on 6/27/2015, 5:37 PM
.... the specs seem a little anemic ....

Considering the price and size I can't imagine the Microphone parts of these are anything special, indeed very likely quite poor.
farss wrote on 6/27/2015, 7:14 PM
I'm more concerned about the "stick it anywhere" aspect of the device than the specs of the microphone itself.

Byron K wrote on 6/30/2015, 1:28 AM
Another thing to be aware of is since the features of this Insta-mic is controlled via iPhone or Android, you better be sure that the software is compatible with the version of the device you have.

The reason I mention this, a friend just gave me an HTC RE video cam the other day and all the features are remote controlled via smart phone, similar to how this Insta-mic is. I have a Motorola Android and CANNOT load the software because when I install it I get the error: This software is not compatible with your version. I go to the Settings to download the latest version of Android OS and I get a message that my phone IS on the latest version and can't down load the latest Android version!

I can take videos w/ the HTC RE but I cannot get the streaming monitor and access the features. The HTC RE doesn't make a bluetooth software for PC & I don't think the Insta-mic does either. So I'm starting to think, if the next version of Android or iPhone is not compatible w/ these devices we may be stuck w/ gear that are obsolete.

Another thing there's no way to change out the li-ion batteries so when these things die, I guess you'll have to hack the device, hoping not to break it and replace it.

So after the nightmare I went thru w/ the HTC RE "smart" interface I would probably not buy any device that's controlled by a "smart" interface... jus' sayin' (:
ushere wrote on 6/30/2015, 2:41 AM
no way to change out the li-ion batteries

this would be enough to deter me from buying any item, incl smart phone.