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  iPhone 1/4 inch microphone or guitar and 1/4 inch headphone adapter - 3.5mm 4 conductor TRRS Male to 1/4in TRS Headphone Jack and 1/4in Microphone Jack
iPhone 1/4 inch microphone or guitar and 1/4 inch headphone adapter - 3.5mm 4 conductor TRRS Male to 1/4in TRS Headphone Jack and 1/4in Microphone Jack


 
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Product Code: KM-IPHONE-43FF
 

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Description:
This adapter allows you to connect a standard microphone, guitar or instrument with 1/4 inch connector to the iPhone/iPad/iPod or other compatible device for quality recording. This adapter incorporates passive components which provide DC blocking/isolation between the microphone input for device protection, as well as, impedance matching components for allowing a wide variety of microphones and instruments to be used with the device.  This adapter works with microphones  and instruments that have a mono (TS) or stereo (TRS) 1/4 inch connector.  This adapter also includes a 1/4 inch stereo headphone jack which allows you to connect standard headphones. The headphones typically work for playback of recordings and not to monitor the microphone while recording unless you use a recording app with the monitoring feature (see FAQ section below for more details).

Types of microphones that work with this adapter:
  • Dynamic Microphones
  • Battery Powered Condenser microphones
  • Battery Powered Lavaliere Microphones
  • Wireless Microphone systems
  • Electric Guitars
  • Acoustic Guitars
  • Guitar Pedals and effects processors
  • Electric Pianos, Drums and other instruments

Types of microphones that will NOT work with this adapter:
  • Line-Level outputs, like headphone jacks (Use KM-IPHONE-43FF-A22 for line-level)
  • Lavaliere microphones (without batteries)
  • Condenser microphones (without Batteries)

How it Works:
Plug the adapter into the iPhone (or other device) headset jack and then plug your microphone or instrument into the adapter. The iPhone will recognize that an external mic is connected and turn its internal mic off allowing you to record using the external microphone or instrument. This adapter works with all audio/video recording apps and other functions just as the internal mic would.

Plug standard headphones into the headphone jack to listen to recordings. The headphone jack normally works for listening to recorded audio only and not to monitor the microphone input while recording, unless you use a recording app that has a microphone monitoring feature.

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Product FAQs:

Q: Will this adapter work with a stereo mic or instrument?
A: The combined headset jack on the iPhone and other devices only has a mono mic input so you cannot record in stereo. Most recording apps split the mono signal into both left/right channels when recording so the audio will play back in both ears. There is a new stereo microphone product available which will allow for stereo recording using the docking connector; this is currently the only option available for stereo recording, Tascam IM2 stereo mic.

Q: Why do I need a different adapter for a lavaliere mic that does not have batteries?
A: Lavaliere mics, PC mics and headset mics are typically ECM mics (electret condenser mics) and all ECM mics require power to operate. If your ECM mic does not have batteries then you need the –ECM version of the adapter which allows the iPhone (or other device) to power the mic.

Q: Can I connect a microphone with a different style connector if I use an adapter?
A: Although you can adapt various microphone connectors to work with this adapter, the XLR connection needs to be hooked up as “Unbalanced” and most XLR to 3.5mm adapters are balanced connections. You can either use our XLR version of this adapter, or you can connect an XLR mic to this adapter by using an XLR to 3.5mm mono (unbalanced) adapter.

Q: Can I connect two microphones or instruments at the same time?
A: Yes, you can use a standard 1/4 inch splitter adapter to connect two microphones which will combine the signals from both microphones into this adapter. Alternately, you could use a small mixer to combine the signals from multiple microphones and instruments into this adapter.

Q: Why can't I use the headphones to hear (monitor) the microphone while recording?
A: The microphone signal is too weak to be heard in the headphones without being amplified. The mic signal would need to be amplified by the software (App) and played back through the headphones live for you to be able to hear while you are recording. Most recording apps, including the4 built-in recording apps, do not have a monitoring feature so the headphones will only work for playback of recordings with these apps. If you use a recording app with monitoring, like StudioMini or Fire by AudioFile, then you will be able to monitor while recording.


Compatibility List:

  • iPhone - all versions
  • iPod - all versions
  • iPad - all versions
  • iPad mini - all versions
  • Android Phones and devices
  • Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and Cameras
  • Apple/Mac computers and laptops having the combined headphone/mic jack.

Compatible with most mobile devices that use the combined headphone/mic connection.

Not Compatible with some devices using the combined headset connection like versions of Motorola Droid phones and earlier versions of the Samsung Galaxy phones. and; some Manufacturers use a different method for wiring the headset connection.

Q; How do I know if this adapter will work with my phone or device?

A; Due to the massive number of new phones, versions and devices being released we are not able to test the adapter with all devices;     however, if your device works with an iPhone headset (headphones and microphone) then this adapter will also work on your device. 

  • Test your phone/device with a iPhone headset (perhaps try it with a friends iPhone headset)

              OR

  • Look up a new headset for your phone/device and check the compatibility list to see if it is also compatible with iPhone.

       

iPhone external 1/4 inch microphone adapter connection - KM-IPHONE-43FF


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