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      10-07-2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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iPhone Recording with External Microphone (No Wind Noise)

Most recently I've switched over to just using my iPhone for all recordings. Although it lacks a wide angle lens, the HD quality is pretty good and most importantly it allows me to run my lap timer software simultaneously hence I don't have to go through the hassle of overlaying an external video. But I still wanted to be able to run an external microphone with the phone to avoid the wind noise I get from my first generation GoPro.

I did a quick search and found you can purchase a standard 1/8" 3.5mm non-powered microphone and some adapter to run an external mic. Here's a test using iPhones standard video internal mic vs external mic with adapter:

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The only question now remains if my Lap Timer software can recognize the external microphone. I've raised the question to the software developer as it currently does not but hopefully it should be a quick fix seeing how the iPhone is clearly capable of doing so.
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What are you trying to accomplish?
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What are you trying to accomplish?
The goal is to capture sound using an external microphone to avoid wind noises which is a common issue during track days since you must run windows down. Rather than have to buy a price 2nd gen GoPro with external mic jack, you can accomplish the same for $25 using your iPhone.
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I am from NJ - but live in KY now. Where in NJ do you track your car?
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I am from NJ - but live in KY now. Where in NJ do you track your car?
New Jersey Motorsport Park (NJMP) is in Millville, NJ (South Jersey). However I'll go as far north as Watkins Glen in NY and south as Summit Point, in West Virginia. I've gone to VIR before but doubt I'll do that trip again anytime soon.
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