Recording with an iPhone or similar device sounding out of tune

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by mikegug, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. mikegug


    Oct 31, 2011
    Let me first say that I completely understand, the mics in a smartphone likely cost less than a penny, so I shouldn't expect much...

    But does anyone else experience smartphone-recorded vocals sounding way out of tune? During the show, the singer is just killing it and the smartphone makes the vocals sound as if she wasn't able to hear herself in the monitors. ... just WAY out of tune.

    Anyone else experience this?
  2. Rooster009


    Feb 27, 2008
    No I haven't noticed anything sounding out of tune on my iPhone 4S. I use the stock earbuds to record with though. The mic on the earbuds is much much better than the mic on the phone itself.
  3. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Plug the iphone into the PA and crank it
    Does it still sound out of tune?

    It is probably something else out of tune, at the similar frequencies that your phone reproduces or where the singer is singing.
  4. RB50


    Mar 14, 2013
    Your singer is out of tune. An iPhone will not alter her pitch.
  5. mikegug


    Oct 31, 2011
    The device is a Droid Razr Maxx.

    She wasn't out of tune when I recorded her. Believe me, I am the MOST critical of the band.

    I will try to crank it tomorrow when all are awake.