adapter allows you to connect a standard microphone with a 3-pin XLR
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 Dynamic microphones, wireless microphones and
battery powered condenser microphones. This adapter will not work with
microphones that require phantom power, unless you connect a phantom
power supply inline with the microphone.
This adapter also includes a 3.5mm 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).
This adapter uses a slim 3.5mm TRRS headset plug which will fit through most phone protective cases so that the case need not be removed when using the adapter.
The length of the microphone cable is optional from 1 foot to 25 feet; select the optional length prior to adding to the cart. The default length if you do not select a different length will be 1 foot. The length between the headset plug and the headphone jack is about 10 inches and this is a fixed length no matter which length you choose for the microphone cable.
This cable will work with all versions of the iPhone/iPad and most Android phones. When using it with iPhone 7 or newer phones that do not have the headset jack, use the lightning to headset converter cable that comes with the phone - see picture above.
the adapter into the iPhone (or other device) headset jack and then
plug your microphone 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. 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 monitoring feature.
Q: Will this adapter work with a stereo mic ?
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. Q: Why is an external phantom power supply required for condenser mics that do not have batteries?
All condenser microphones require power to operate. Some condenser mics
supply that power from batteries and some require phantom power from
the device they are plugged into. Since the iPhone cannot supply the
required phantom power, a portable phantom power supply must be used for
these types of microphones.Q: Can I connect a microphone with a different style connector if I use an adapter?
Yes, You can use adapters to connect microphones with 3.5mm or 1/4 inch connectors providing they do not require phantom power.
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
the 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 Garage Band, then you will be able to monitor while recording. For monitoring video recordings try FilMic Pro.
- 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.