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Belkin announces Universal Microphone Adapter

picYou can now achieve high quality recordings on your iPod player. By connecting your own external microphone via the Belkin Universal Microphone Adapter ($39.99) to your iPod, recordings of your conversations, lectures, interviews, or memos will be cleaner and clearer. You can also listen to these recordings with your headphones or powered speakers. This Adapter will begin shipping on March 17 in North America. The Universal Microphone Adapter connects to your iPod and to any audio microphone with a 3.5mm plug. You can use the iPod player’s abundant storage capacity to store hundreds of hours of audio, and easily review your audio notes using the built-in 3.5mm jack with headphones or your computer. Copy recordings to your computer for easy storage, editing, or to send in e-mail.

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Is this any better than the iTalk?

Posted by Nate in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 9:34 AM (CST)


Apparently it records at 8Khz

Absolutely useless… Why isn’t there a good adaptor available that will record at 44.4Khz Stereo?

Posted by Jack in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 9:51 AM (CST)


i dont honestly know, nate. there were lots of problems with the first belkin voice recorder, but i dont know about this one. i was a strong beleiver in the iTrip beforei discovered the Digiana Audiax. maybe the same will happen again. however a few main points:
-iTalk has speaker
-Belkin has pass-through headphone
-iTalk will “ship in april”. griffin technology is infamous for really late shipping, and missing deadlines.

in conclusion, i say buy this one. i wish there was one with a built in speaker and microphone. but yeah, i think its a personal choice.


Posted by Peter Burkimsher in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 9:55 AM (CST)


When recording with an iPod, the A/D conversion takes palce in the iPod, not in the input device.  Therefore, it’s the iPod that limits the recording quality to 8kHz, not the input device.  So, don’t blame Belkin.  I’m guessing that this built in limitation from Apple won’t change soon.  Maybe they’re afraid of bugging the record companies after probably having to kiss a lot of a$$ to get them all onboard with the iTunes Music Store deal?

If we could record 16bit, 44.1kHz (or 48kHz) stereo with the iPod, it would be an extremely great concert bootlegging device…

- JonYo

Posted by JonYo in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 9:58 AM (CST)


i just got the voice recorder from belkin and today is the 1st time i use it to record lecture..  sorry but i have to say i am quite satisfied with the result.

Posted by well in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 10:26 AM (CST)


The Digiana Audiax is the same thing as belkin’s digital fm transmitter, at least it looks just like it. 

But yea i bought the belkin voice recorder way back when . . .works/worked decently, i don’t ever use it, if it had a line in i sure would though. . .

Posted by J in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 10:27 AM (CST)


JonYo, the built-in circuitry *is* capable of recording stereo at 16bit, 44.1kHz. Apple limited the recording quality in the firmware.

Posted by DrWebster in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 12:41 PM (CST)


line in?
lets hope

Posted by Luke in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 1:03 PM (CST)


So, does that mean if Apple allows it in the firmware, the Belkin and Griffin recorders would all AUTOMATICALLY work at a higher bit rate and in Stereo!?

if so…bring on the update!  Gosh! :) it’ll be the best recorder ever… down with Minidisc!

Posted by pb1212580 in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 1:04 PM (CST)


DrWebster -

That’s what I just said.  Apple has put an artificial limitation of 8kHz on the sample rate of the A/D conversion for recording on the iPod.  My point was to let Jack know that the limitation had nothing to do with the Belkin device.  I doubt Apple will ever change this artificial limitation.  They don’t want to deal the fallout that would inevitably ensue from record whining companies and the like.  (By “artificial” I mean NOT a limitation of the hardware, just a limitation purposefully introduced via the firmware, as DrWebster said).

- JonYo

Posted by JonYo in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 1:18 PM (CST)


Apple may have put in the 8Khz limitation but there may be other limiting factors.  I believe the ipods hard drive has a max 4200 spindle speed.  I have heard that at that speed latency issues can occur.  The fuller the hard drive the more latency problems.  I would love the ipod to replace my mini disc recorder but it may not be possible.  As a side note, the mini HD spindle speed is around 3600.

Posted by cougardew in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 1:30 PM (CST)


What is the spindle speed of MD recorder then? Faster or slower? I think they limited this function because there’s no (speedy) way to name the recorded tracks on the ‘Pod - considering the UI is super simple and are designed with simple select/deselect actions, with Track/Artist/Album/Genre/ to enter (compares to MD simple track and artist only info) it just makes everything too complicated - Apple just want you to use a computer (more so, iTunes) to do the above easily and faster

Posted by voodoo in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 1:48 PM (CST)


Though remember, the iPod will play AIFF’s and WAV’s… and though I myself have never tried it, if you can play back and have no glitches, then why would you have more issues recording at the same quality?

Basicly, I don’t see how the HD is too slow. It will most likley discharge your battery faster if your recording, but that would be a price I would be willing to pay.

Latency might be an issues, but you do have a buffer for a reason. But again, if you can playback, why would recording suffer more than playback?

hmmm…. non-apple firmware anyone?

Oh well, I can dream can’t I?

Posted by [email protected] in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 2:15 PM (CST)


  Because you’re playing back a compressed stream (less data to read).  What’re recordings stored as?

Posted by gosh_d in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 2:43 PM (CST)


he was talking about alying uncompressed .wav files at 16/44.1khz.  recording at that would not be a problem of hd speed.  most laptop hd’s are 4200rpm drives.  on mine i’m able to play back and record 6-8 mono 24/96khz tracks without a glitch.


Posted by eric in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 2:58 PM (CST)


This should work really well with a PC headphone/mic combination setup like this:<>

Posted by wired in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 3:37 PM (CST)


Well, what about Linux for iPod then? Can that record yet?

Posted by sellars in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 4:43 PM (CST)



To heck with you bootleggers…

I want this at 48 khz for a audio source replacement.  Imagine a movie that’d have it’s audio tracks recorded on an ipod instead of on a reel to reel audio recorder or minidisc or DAT recorder.

Posted by ajservo1 in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 8:13 PM (CST)


iRiver can record analog or digital onto MP3 or uncompressed WAV up to 48KHz. So it can be done with tiny hard drives.

Even the 3-year-old Archos can record analog or digital 48KHz, but MP3 only. Only up to 192 Kbps though…

Posted by 48KHz in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 9:05 PM (CST)


FYI - technical specs on the iPod’s chipset available here:

A few extra enhancement requests probably wouldn’t hurt the cause either:

I’m a radio student, and would love to have a portable, high-quality, all-digial recording solution.

Posted by dan in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 9:27 PM (CST)

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