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.