So it appears that the insert can take both line level as well as mic level? I would be curious to know whether a very good field mic (say, the Audio Technica 822) would have a decent recording quality. In this case, it's all about the A/D converters.

Posted by Boris34 on April 7, 2006 at 2:27 AM (PDT) Comment 1

simply...Fntstc! wink

Posted by iNandoX on April 7, 2006 at 1:07 PM (PDT) Comment 2

Does the "automatic gain" do fine adjustment, or is it simply switching back and forth between low and high?

Posted by Juneappal on April 7, 2006 at 3:14 PM (PDT) Comment 3

What stinks is that it appears there will be no ability to plug-in external power while recording. They should've included a small battery jack for this.

Looks like once my 3G ipod dies, I'll go to one of the compact flash based field recorders.

Posted by nasukaren on April 8, 2006 at 8:27 AM (PDT) Comment 4

The lack of external power is a definite issue. I have a high-quality set of microphones and a battery pre-amp that I've been using for several years with an Archos, and I've been looking forward to the day when I could junk that and use my iPod. I don't mind the disk space issue of using WAV, although AIF would have been nicer. The fact that it's uncompressed makes the initial editing and separating into tracks much easier. But the 3.5hr recording limit is a definite pain, particularly since I might not always have had a chance to fully charge the iPod before recording. I love Griffin's stuff, but if someone else comes out with one that allows passthru charging...

Posted by KeeHinckley on April 8, 2006 at 12:39 PM (PDT) Comment 5

Since this has an input it could be used to record sound from a DS, like when playing Electroplankton?
This seems like a cheap alt. to a sound capture card. Is it?

Posted by DJgreenLava on April 9, 2006 at 6:45 PM (PDT) Comment 6

Really wish the companies were better prepared for their accessories by Apple. The only reason I WAS going to buy an iPod is for the new recording capabilities.

The fact that this thing is two months away from retail (just checked with a representatvie from the company and was told June) really makes me wonder why even demo the product that we won't be able to use with the current iPod. Since Apple will be releasing a new iPod by the time this is released (very healthy rumor of a video iPod which I don't need), will there even be a reason to buy it or if Apple includes this in their next version?

Also, the fact you cannot pass power through is very disappointing and I will continue to look elsewhere. I could continue to go one about how disappointed I am in the 3rd party vendors for products like this and wish Apple would just start making them since they hold all the cards especially when they change the formfactor of the unit.

Posted by otzenaj on April 12, 2006 at 1:10 PM (PDT) Comment 7

Belkin's "Tune Talk Stereo" will have a usb mini port next to the line-in jack. That means you could plug in a portable battery box and have longer recording times.

Posted by EUPHORBIA on April 13, 2006 at 2:49 PM (PDT) Comment 8

It looks nicely designed, but what is this black-only BS?

And anybody who makes any ipod accessory without pass-through charging ought to be taken out immediately and shot. By this criteria, Griffin would be five times dead by now.

Posted by Countach on April 17, 2006 at 6:02 AM (PDT) Comment 9

No power in is ludicrous. My company uses 3 and 4G iPods daily for recording purposes with the curent iTalk and power in is vital for the 3-4 hours of continuous recording we carry out. 2 iPods have recently died and we are desparate for a new recording solution so that we can use 5G replacements. I can't now consider Griffin. Does anyone have any alternatives?

Posted by gthebash on April 17, 2006 at 1:00 PM (PDT) Comment 10

Hi . I have a 40G Photo . The Griffin iTalkPro Stereo Microphone work for my i pod? If not do you recomend any good Mic?

I like good quality Stereo Microphone fof
my i pod. I 'm singer and travel Worlds now. Also if fit how can I buy it?

Thanks! Love i pod !

Posted by tobinin on May 21, 2006 at 10:48 AM (PDT) Comment 11

Just got the Belkin TuneTalk Stereo attachment for my 5G iPod with Video. Works great, and sounds very good. The Belkin unit has a port for external power supply which is what I was concerned about with the Griffin iTalkPro. Check in with your local Apple Store to get the Belkin product.

Posted by fruitopa on July 16, 2006 at 12:06 PM (PDT) Comment 12

From personal experience, the Belkin TuneTalk is a waste of money. The recording distance is basically non-existant. I wished I hadn't spent the $20 bucks on it and had read other online magazine reviews and gotten the Griffin italk instead. Don't waste your money on Belkin. From working in the PC computer comonents industry for 12+ years, and now with IBM, Belkin products in general are sub-standard and I typically stay away from anything they make. Just my opinion.

Posted by ipoderbob on September 30, 2006 at 7:11 PM (PDT) Comment 13

@ tobinin
If it is for professional use, instead of this accessory, you better go for a Edirol R09 ( which record on SD card up to 48KHz / 24-bit, wav or mp3 and is USB = transfers directly to your computer.
I solved a lot of recording problems with that device and always have it with me.

Posted by niclet on October 26, 2006 at 7:20 PM (PDT) Comment 14

Thanks for the fine review.

As a previous comment noted, the Belkin TuneTalk Stereo has a pass-through connector so that you can record and recharge at the same time. You can hook up an external battery pack and record essentially forever.

Also, if you are recording loud concerts using an external stereo or binaural microphone set, I can recommend the Belkin TuneTalk Stereo over any of the other two new iPod recording interfaces. With a reasonably sensitive set of mics, simply move the Autogain switch to "off"and you'll get a good recording. And since what you're recording is loud, you will not hear the TuneTalk Stereo's micpre-amp noise at all.

So for recording concerts I'd rate the Belkin TuneTalk Stereo product much higher than the XtremeMac MicroMemo. Why? The XtremeMac MicroMemo doesn't have a pass-through charging jack and its external mic input is mono/single microphone only. Mono is simply not an acceptable recording technique for live music.

Posted by LenMinNJ on November 4, 2006 at 5:16 PM (PDT) Comment 15

I know it says above that the iTALK PRO is compatible with iPod 5G (with video), iPod nano (aluminum) but hte photos appear to show it with a legacy monochrome iPOD - which is what I have. Can I use the iTALK PRO with my 40GB legacy ipod??

And if not, what would you suggest I get if I need to do high-quality interviews with people for radio?


Posted by orlynur on November 12, 2006 at 4:15 AM (PDT) Comment 16

Oh! and which mic do you suggest if I want to buy an external mic to attach to it?

Posted by orlynur on November 12, 2006 at 4:26 AM (PDT) Comment 17

The fix for reversing right/left audio is to record with the iPod upside down. If you're using Apple's belt clip (which works great with the 5G), it has to be inverted to access the dock port anyway:

and if you're recording clipped to something, this also puts the microphones on top.

Posted by ElectronGuru on January 23, 2007 at 1:24 PM (PDT) Comment 18

I just picked up the italk pro and am thoroughly disapointed with it. I just tried to record a rehersal, using a sony external mic, and although the overall sound quality is fine, the recording skips almost exactly every 20 seconds. Has anyone else experienced this or is mine busted? My thought is that it's the hard drive resetting or something. This unfortunately makes this product (and possibly all of the other mic. accesories) completely inadaquate for doing any sort of music recording.

Posted by peter_brendler on February 5, 2007 at 8:51 AM (PDT) Comment 19

Hi Peter_brendler, I've been looking around on various forums for exactly the same problem. I lose about half a second of sound every 20 seconds or so. Annoying.

Posted by maxiewawa on June 28, 2007 at 8:20 AM (PDT) Comment 20
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