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Zoom gets serious about audio/video capture for OS X, iOS

Sections: iDevice Accessories, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone, iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, iPod touch, Macintosh/Apple Hardware, Peripherals, Video and Digital Cameras / Video Capture

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Last week, Zoom North America announced the release of three new products to improve the audio and video capture capabilities of your Mac and iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

The Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone is a Lightning-compatible microphone for iOS, the Zoom Q4 Handy Video Recorder provides high def audio and video, and the Zoom TAC-2 Thunderbolt Interface brings blazing speed and ultra-low latency for the ultimate in high-resolution audio.

More specifically:

Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone

ZoomThe iQ5 attaches to the iOS device Lightning connector and provides two microphone elements in a mid-side configuration. Mid-side (MS) recording is an advanced technique that allows the capture of crystal clear stereo audio which is fully mono compatible. Affordable yet loaded with advanced features, the iQ5 can be used in either portrait or landscape mode, with a unique rotating mechanism that ensures correct left-right stereo orientation. It offers 16-bit/44.1kHz recording and provides an analog-type Mic Gain wheel for precision adjustment of input level, along with three Auto Gain presets, built-in limiting, an automatic recording function, and a dedicated headphone jack.

The Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone costs $99.99, and works with any iPhone 5 (or later), iPod Touch (5th gen or later), iPad 4th gen or later), or iPad mini running iOS 6 or newer.

Zoom Q4 Handy Video Recorder

Zoom Q4The Q4 records directly to SDXC cards up to 128GB, in a variety of HD, WVGA, AAC and WAV file formats, up to 1080p/30fps video and 24-bit/96k audio. It offers a wealth of advanced features such as a detachable full-color LCD and a built-in speaker for instant monitoring, as well as a stereo mic/line-level input and line-level/headphone output with dedicated volume control. A built-in 120° X/Y microphone ensures stunning stereo with wide coverage and crystal clarity, and a three-position Mic Gain switch with Auto-Gain control and Peak LED help prevent signal overload. The Q4 is compatible with three prong action camera mounts and comes with a supplied tripod mount, hairy windscreen and low cut filter, allowing use both indoors and outdoors. An optional mic stand mount and guitar clamp adds the ability to shoot video from unusual angles such as a band’s live perspective onstage.

It’s also worth nothing that the Zoom Q4 Handy Video Recorder features a USB port that enables live streaming to DAWs, iMovie, Final Cut Pro or the included HandyShare software. It’s available now for $299.99.

Zoom TAC-2 Thunderbolt Interface

Zoom TAC-2The 2-in/2-out TAC-2 uses the latest Thunderbolt technology and supports up to 24-bit / 192kHz audio. It permits vocals and instruments to be recorded into DAWs such as the included Cubase LE, as well as enabling audio playback during live performance and easy connection to editing software. The TAC-2 can also be used to enhance the listening experience of users, allowing high-resolution streaming audio to be enjoyed in full fidelity.

The lightweight and portable TAC-2 has a simple user interface, with a single large rotary knob controlling all parameters. Two combo XLR/TRS input jacks allow the connection of mic- and line-level signals, and a handy front panel 1/4″ high impedance input is provided for the direct connection of instruments such as electric guitar and bass. 7-position LED metering is provided for input, output and headphone volume, and +48V phantom power can be applied to each input. Monitoring is available via dual balanced TRS outputs and a dedicated 1/4″ stereo headphone jack. The TAC-2 utilizes high-performance Burr Brown mic preamps and offers up to +60dB of amplification. It is compatible with all Thunderbolt-equipped Macintosh computers running OS X 10.6.8 or later.

The TAC-2 is available now for $399.99.

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