How to Record Professional Audio on an iPhone or iPad with an External Microphone

As it comes to recording audio for a podcast, conversations, voice memos, online streaming audios, syncing videos with audios, every time a question comes how to do it professionally on iPhone or iPad.

Over the past years, iPhone and iPad smartphones have amazingly improved in their features and processing speed. But when it comes to iPhones and iPad it comes with limitations like limited connectivity tools, single lightning Port, etc.

The in-built microphone in the iPhone is omnidirectional, which means these kinds of microphones pick up a sound from all directions and of equal accumulations whether a user is speaking from any side of the microphone.

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But, in this 21st century, the era of continuous development in technology quarries comes with an answer. So to rectify this, we can use professional audio equipment which is also known as external microphones.

1 . Shure SM-58 XLR Cardioid Microphone.

The Shure SM-58 is a long-lasting microphone and due to its incredible audio quality and directional recording pattern, it is used for recording stage performance and concerts. A directional recording pattern means room noise and other distractions are eliminated from the recording. It is pocket friendly and can turn your iPhone or iPad into a powerful recording device.

2 . Wireless Lavalier Microphones.

It is usually challenging to get good audio while taking videos using iPhones and iPads. The in-built microphone of a device will be recording too much-unwanted noise.
In such a situation, a wireless external lavalier microphone will solve all your problems.
There are many types of wireless lavalier microphones available in the market place.

These microphones comprise a transmitter, a lavalier microphone, a receiver, and an adapter for lightning

Follow the steps to get your microphone connected;

  • Connect the adapter to your iPhone
  • Connect your receiver lavalier microphone to the transmitter
  • Plug one end of your XLR cable to the receiver and the other end to the other end of the TRRS adapter
  • Join the other end of the TRRS adapter to the Lightning headphone adapter and then to your phone.

3 . Through an Audio Mixer.

For using this method, you need an XLR to XLR cable, mixer, TRS adapter, TRRS adapter, and an Apple lightning cable.

This process consists of more connection and may produce less noise.

You can connect it in the following steps;

  • Connect one end of the XLR to XLR to the microphone and the other end to the mixer.
  • If the condenser microphone is in use, put on the phantom power.
  • Connect one end of the TRS cable to the main audio output on the mixer and the other end to the TRRS adapter.
  • Join the TRRS adapter to Apple Lightning audio adapter and into your phone.

Using a mixer you can listen to the sound as you record it using earphones.

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Who should buy an external microphone for their iPhone or iPad?

If you have an iPhone and are confused about the external microphone for it, it could mean you are interested in doing some kind of content creation.

In this case, you want to want to capture some higher-quality audio for your videos? Maybe you want to start vlogging, looking to use your iPhone for your YouTube channel, want to start a podcast, or even record some audio/music.

Regardless of what you are trying to do, the very first question that continuously strikes your mind is that microphone built into your iPhone is enough to fulfill your every requirement, or do you need something better for that what you want to do?

Here comes the best answer to the question,

YES, of course

Your in-built microphone will work to a certain extent for simple creating, videos, and podcasts. But a keypoints to keep in mind is that the quality of the audio recording is going to be noticeable and amateur.

So the best solution is to buy a microphone and level up your audio quality.

Things to consider before buying a recording microphone for your iPhone.

Condenser vs. Dynamic:-

 A condenser microphone is a far more sensitive tool for recording than the typical dynamic mic used on stage. It is delicate, so must be used with greater care.

As per your use:-

The best recording microphones are often designed for recording particular things. What's good for vocal recording mic doesn't necessarily make it great for a kick drum, or a guitar. So choose accordingly.

Directional or Omnidirectional:-

Directional mics restrain sound capture to a nearly small range. Omnidirectional mics, on the other hand, are designed to pick up sound from all directions. Unidirectional mics are better for recording singular voices, while omnidirectional mics are good for recording multiple people at the same time.

Frequency Response:-

The frequency response of a mic is the range of pitches that it will pick up. Different mics pick up different frequencies with differing types of property.

Bit depth:-

For digital mics, it refers to how many bits of information each sound sample contains. Overall, the higher the bit rate, when the signal is picked up by a receiver the better quality sound we receive.

Conclusion:- Thus, by using multiple devices you can connect an external microphone to your iPhone and can make use full use of the iPhone with better audio and video quality.
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