An iPhone can be an ideal solution for recording an impromptu vlog or interview when you don’t have your camera and kit. Additionally, if you are interviewing someone in their home or office and just need something simple, maybe on the spur of the moment the iPhone is a great tool for capturing the conversation.
The issue with recording audio on the iPhone is that the built-in mic is not designed for professional-level audio recording. It tends to pick up a lot of ambient noise, and the sound quality, even when enhanced lacks the clarity of dedicated systems. One of the main issues that you’ll notice aboyt the iPhones microphone is that it is very sensitive and can pick up every sound in the room, including background noise and other conversations.
Using a dedicated wireless mic would provide better sound quality, as its designed specifically for sound recording. Sets like the Hollyland Lark C1 will enable wireless audio recording on your iPhone, this means that unlike wired options you can move around while recording, as the microphone is not physically attached to the iPhone. This can be beneficial when you need to record multiple sound sources from different locations.
The Hollyland Lark C1 Wireless Microphones for iOS is an all-in-one solution that will suit anyone looking to use an iPhone for recording professional-sounding pieces to camera. In this review I’ll be taking a look at the iOS version designed for Apple iPhones, but there’s also a version available for Android.
The Lark C1 consists of four parts; a receiver that plugs directly into the lightning socket of your iPhone, two compact transmitters that can clip onto a person or persons doing the talking, like a Lavalier microphone and a handy charging case. The Lark C1 also comes with an app that enables you to adjust many of the camera’s settings.
On paper, the Hollyland Lark C1 Wireless Microphones sounds like an ideal solution for anyone wanting to use their iPhone for recording professional audio. However, we’ll have to give the units a good test before we know if they’re any good.
When it comes to features the small units pack in the essentials, with most option handled automatically by the technology. To access audio input and noise cancelling, which are the two main adjustment you need to use the app, Larksound, installed on your phone.
The features of the Lark C1 that make the units stand-out are adaptive frequency hopping of 2.4GHz, giving a transmission range of 130ft (40m) for non-line-of-sight and 650ft (200m) for line-of-sight. The C1 has a built-in omnidirectional microphone with a frequency range of 20Hz to 20KHz and a maximum sound pressure level of 110dB with an input dynamic range of 86 dB.
The battery capacity of the transmitter is 140mAh (0.518Wh) and the charging case has a capacity of 1400mAh (5.18Wh). The operating time is 8 hours for the transmitter which can be charged up to 3 times with a charging time of 1.5 hours each time.
The dimensions are 48×21.5×10 mm for the transmitter, 48.3X27.6X9 mm for the receiver, and 83x60x30 mm (1.89”x0.85”x0.4”) for the charging case. The weight of the transmitter is 11.5g (0.4oz), the receiver is 7g (0.25oz), and the charging case is 85.5g (3oz).