No stereo recording on your new iPhone? MikMe will make your 4K videos sound professional, for a price



If there is a weak spot in Apple's iPhone video recording abilities, even the latest "4K at 60fps" crop, it's not the visuals, but rather the sound. While the iPhone has multiple mics for noise cancellation while on a call, the videos are still recorded with mono sound, long after most top-shelf Androids moved to stereo sound recording with an ever-increasing bitrate.

Enter MikMe, the company which has noticed this omission on part of Apple, and has swooped in with a classy external mic to remedy the situation. Its price is not, however, for the faint of heart, but the $499 tag may be worth it if you want to have professional-sounding videos done in a fairly easy manner. MikMe syncs wirelessly with your iPhone's video recording (at 44.1Khz, although the mic is capable of 24-bit 96Khz on its own), and delivers top-shelf recording via an inch of suspended gold-plated condenser inside.

The little box is very compact and easy to carry around, and comes with its own internal memory of 16GB, and a 920mAh battery that is good for three and a half hours of sound recording. You'd better have a good idea what and how are you going to record, as these three hours of recording before a recharge may not be enough for many trial and errors to take a shot at director greatness with just MikMe and the portable 4K video camera in your pocket called an iPhone.

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20 Comments

1. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Cant believe a $1000 phone does have it..

3. Cyberchum

Posts: 1039; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

*Doesn't*, and yeah, it's quite unfortunate.

9. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Even my old Nokia N8 with Symbian was capable to record video sound in Dolby, not just stereo! This with iPhone videos is hilarious. Cheers all Apple fans. Not going to argue your choice, but for what you need 4k 60fps, when the sound is mono?!?

10. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Thanks, just saw my mistake now !!!

12. daniyal_05

Posts: 93; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

13. daniyal_05

Posts: 93; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

I am happy

14. daniyal_05

Posts: 93; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

Excuse any typos

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1500; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Sennheiser Ambeo literaly sounds like a better solution, that Apple created when they used utter garbage mics. Seriously compare almost any other phone with iPhone, it's just sad. Hopefuly Apple can fix it in new version ... hopefuly.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I just write about that, and then I read your post, lol..

17. japkoslav

Posts: 1500; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

A few words slipped away in my OP. Better solution to a problem, that Apple created. Ambeo certainly is interesting product. It can record basic binaural sound and it's incredibly compact compared to this wireless joke. I am realy glad i am not the only one having this opinion. Sound guality realy does matter to me.

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I know iPhone's mic got s**tty quality, but video comparison above is even more s**tty.. iPhone is 2-3 meters away from sound source, while that mikme is just 20-30 cm away, and you don't need "studio quality" mic to record small talk like shown on video, any stand alone mic should do the trick.. Oh.. did it even record in stereo? Sennheiser AMBEO got great stereo recording capability, it's not cheap but still cheaper than this mikme (and it also work as nice earphone too, lol)

8. rsiders

Posts: 1935; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

My LG V20 already has great stereo HiFi recording, a QuadDAC and I can point my phone at a TV in a hotel(which happened to be the case this Christmas) and turn it on/off and change the channels. Can a $1000 phone do that?

11. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I recorded a video yesterday on my Sony. You can clearly hear different sounds like birds, cars and wind. Even if cars are more than 100 yards away. The different sounds do not overlap each other. It is awesome...

15. japkoslav

Posts: 1500; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Sony, LG, Nokia, HTC, Samsung and many others use realy good mics and record in stereo or event try some "binaural magic". Few days ago i tried to record Christmas event in local church. There where a bunch or adults and kids singing Christmas themed songs. I used LG V30 on auto mode, i didn't event use "HiFi" mode and it was still sounding pretty impressive. Miles ahead of what is iPhone capable of. I realy hope Apple will finaly do something about it in next gen. iPhone mics are pure garbage, they can't record one voice talking directly to a phone, let alone multiple sound sources. Try watching for instance MKBHD videos with Tesla, that He recorded with iPhone and tell me, is that accetable in 2017? Grainy, low res and ofcourse mono.

16. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

They never had one. It sounds terrible too.lol

18. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

How long can iphone record 4K? I know that Samsung, Htc and OnePlus limit it to less than 10 min. I do not know about Mi6, V30 and Pixel 2. Sony lets you record as long as there are storage and battery on all SD835 phones.

21. japkoslav

Posts: 1500; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

LG V30 records maximum file size 4GB, but it does not stop the recording proces, it only makes more files. I shot 30+ min long 4K video on V30.

19. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1553; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Kind of funny an expensive phone like this can't do such a basic function. It's not even a hardware limitation, it's Apple being too lazy or too bad at programming to give you the feature.

20. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

It is no good boasting iPhones have the best video, just because it can do 4k at a higher frame rate when there is only mono sound and mediocre stabilisation. It seems biased reporters seem to forget these important facts. This "half-baked" approach is typical of Apples approach to the iPhone X, so far behind, rush to catch-up, half done is fine, we can bullsxxx ourselves out of it.

22. shield

Posts: 834; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG V30 best Audio in camera.

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