adapter allows you to connect a line-level audio source with a 3-pin
connector to the iPhone/iPad/iPod or other compatible device for
quality recording. This adapter is NOT for recording from microphones.
Use this adapter to record from headphone jacks, audio output jacks or
from mixers and soundboards that have line-level outputs. The headset
connections only have a mono mic input so, although you can connect a
stereo signal, it will only record in mono. This adapter incorporates a
built-in attenuator which reduces the line level signal down to a
mic-level signal suitable for input for recording. This adapter
works with line-level audio sources that have balanced or unbalanced XLR
outputs . 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).
the adapter into the iPhone (or other device) headset jack and then
plug the XLR into your audio source. The iPhone will recognize that an
external mic is connected and turn its internal mic off allowing you to
record using the external audio source. This adapter works with all
audio/video recording apps and other functions just as the internal mic
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
Q: Will this adapter work with a stereo audio source?
A:Q: Why do I need a different adapter for a microphone?
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
The iPhone headset mic input is a mic-level input. The mic-level signal
is much lower than a line-level signal which is used in audio outputs.
This adapter has a built-in attenuator which reduces line-level signals
down to mic-level signal strength. If you connect a mic to this adapter
the signal would be reduced to a point that you would not be able to
hear it in a recording. Use the MIC versions of this adapter for
recording from microphones.Q: Can I connect a cable with a different style connector if I use an adapter?
Yes, you can use an adapter to convert from a 1/4 inch output or XLR,
ect. We also have this adapter in those connector versions as well.
Q: Why can't I use the headphones to hear (monitor) the microphone while recording?
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.
- iPhone - all versions
- iPod - all versions
- iPad - all versions
- iPad mini - all versions
- Android Phones and devices
- Samsung Galaxy phones and Cameras
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)
- Look up a new headset for your phone/device and check the compatibility list to see if it is also compatible with iPhone.