Fostex AR101 Audio Retriever

Our Price $199.99 Regular Price $299.99
No Longer Available

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  • Two Mic/Line Inputs
  • Stereo Line Out
  • USB Out for PC Audio Recording
  • Independent L/R Level Meters
  • Rotary Encoder
  • Headphone Out
  • Cold Shoe Rail
  • Aluminum Hand Grip


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The Fostex AR101 Audio Retriever is designed to improve the audio quality of an iPhone 4/4S, 4th generation iPod touch or 2nd/3rd generation iPad when recording audio with video. This interface is ideal for ENG purposes and any other applications where higher quality audio recordings are required. A USB to 30-pin cable is included to make the connection. It will also work with an iPhone 5 or iPod touch 5th generation, but requires a separately sold Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter. Or, use it as an audio interface for a PC by connecting a separately sold mini USB to USB type A cable.

The interface features two microphone/line inputs for the included condenser microphones or other user-supplied microphones. A rotary encoder and LED level meter allow easy adjustment of the input level of each channel, pan, headphone out and more. A headphone monitor output allows you to monitor the input and playback signal.

The interface doesn't require a battery, since it's powered by your connected device via USB. When feeding power via micro USB, the unit also feeds power to the connected iOS device. The chassis features a cold shoe rail for mounting various camera rigs. A device holder is included which can be used in portrait or landscape mode, and features screw holes on the horizontal and vertical sides for the included hand grip or separately-sold tripod or other standard support.

  • Improves the audio quality of iOS devices using the supplied USB to 30-pin dock cable
  • Input 1 and 2 are stereo line/mic (maximum of four channels can be fed)
  • Two plug-in power condenser microphones are included
  • Rotary encoder and LED level meter for setting the input level of each channel, pan, headphone out and more
  • Downloadable app allows you to control pan, low cut, limiter and output level
  • Headphone monitor out to monitor the input and playback signal
  • Analog out (line-mic selectable) to output input or playback signal, or mixed
  • No battery required - powered from the connected iOS device via USB
  • When feeding power via micro USB, it also feeds power to your connected iOS device
  • Chassis features a cold shoe rail for mounting various camera rigs
  • Includes a device holder, pair of earphones and aluminum hand grip


More Information
Stock Status No Longer Available
Manufacturer Fostex
Mfr Part No AR101


iPhone 4/4S
iPod touch 4th generation
iPad 2nd, 3rd Gen

Requires separately sold adapter:
iPhone 5
iPod touch 5th generation

Windows XP or later / Mac OS X 10.6 or later


1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini x 2

Input Signal

Line / mic


-12 to 159.5 dB

Level Metering

LED, 11 dots

Load Impedance

16 ohm or more

Maximum Output Level

15 mW (32 ohm load, THD less than 0.1%)

Noise Level

Less than -93 dBV (Mic - St Out / Input Gain Max)

Frequency Response

20Hz - 20kHz +/-30dB (Line In - St Out / 15mW / 32 ohm load)

Power Consumption

200 mW

Dimensions (WxHxD)

3.3 x 1.2 x 1.3" (83 x 31 x 33 mm) without mics, holder and grip


2.1 oz (60 g) without mics, holder and grip


Condition New
Refundable / Cancelable? Yes
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