Here is a list of stores which I have found on my travels around the interweb. All of the proper stores make up these lead themselves so they tend to look less professional but this is the least you should worry about. Contact the supplier and see if they will help choose the right lead, the companies that are on the ball will know exactly what to tell you. If you know of any more let me know and I’ll add them to the list.
KV Connection – http://www.kvconnection.com/category-s/8682.htm
This is one of the best sources for iPhone/iPad external microphone adapters out there, they are based in the USA but will send world wide, when I ordered mine it arrived in about a week. Build quality is very good to, not the cheapest around but about the best you can buy, unless you know any more.
Jan 2015 EDIT – I have had a few people asking about if the iPad Air and Air 2 will work with an external mic. Well the Ipad Air and Air 2 are really just new names for the iPad range, the orginal series went up to the iPad 4 so the Air would have been the iPad 5 and Air 2 the iPad 6. Now as to the ability to use an external mic, there is little difference between the Air models and the previous ranges.
I spoke with the guys at KV connection and they said that if you had an adapter lead that is more than a couple of years old it may not work with the Air models BUT if you bought a new one now they are fully backwards compatible and will work on all the ranges from the iPad 1 all the way up to the Ipad Air 2.
Conversor’s eBay Shop – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-5mm-jack-socket-cable-connecting-audio-source-iPod-iPad-and-iPhone-/200983664024
Now contrary to the warning I give in the video, this is one of the ones on Ebay that do work, I have used one of their adapters for non powered mics and that works well, this one is for powered mic like the Audio Technica ATR3350.
Micronic.co.uk – http://www.micronic.co.uk/store/item/734/standard-3.5mm-microphone-adapter-for-ipad-ipod-iphone-This is another one which have an Ebay store but also they have their own webstore, they cover quite a lot of different adapters for iPhone and Android products, I haven’t tried any of them but they look like they know what they are doing.
Ebay stores to be wary of : Some of the white and very apple looking products from China are the biggest problem. I bought one which was advertised as a Mic/Headphone splitter, it was cheap and looked good, however on trying it out, could I hell as like get it to work with any mic, so I decided to cut the thing open and see just how it was wired. Low and behold it wasn’t even connected to the mic, it was a dual headphone splitter for two headphones to run from one iPhone/iPad output. The fact that it didn’t have any indication as to which was the headphone output and the supposed mic input should have been a tell tale sign but that was a bit after the fact.
Ho hum we live and learn…. hopefully. 🙂
Are you looking to use external mic with your iPhone or iPad , then spare the next few minutes , it could save you a lot of time and aggravation.
With the ability to record high-quality video many people use iPhones and iPads as a video cameras to make videos for business, home, or just pleasure. But like most devices with built in microphones, the audio can leave a lot to be desired. If you want to put over a professional image then your audio is just as important as your video, if not more so.
Like it or not if you want good audio you going to have to use an external mic and for vocal work of the most popular types is a lapel mic, Iike i’m wearing now.
Now you would think it is simple just by a lapel mic, plug it in and start recording. But like so many seemingly simple things in life it turns out not to be so. You can’t just plug any mic into an iPhone or iPad. Apple don’t use the usual connection method of a connector for mic and another for the headphones, instead they’ve combined them together into one connector.
Now unless you buy microphone that is specifically made for the iPad or iPhone your going to need one of these. It’s an adapter that allows you to plug your microphone into an iPhone or iPad. Sounds simple, yes it should be but here comes another but there are two types microphones, ones which work with an external battery like this ATR3350 from Audio-Technica. You can tell these could have a small container with a battery lives somewhere along the lead. And then there are the self-power ones these get their power from the device itself, they have a mic at one end and a connector at the other and nothing else in between.
Now the problem if you can’t use the same adapter lead for both microphones you have to get on a different adapter lead for each mic otherwise your microphone will not work.
Now just add even more confusion into the mix, the iPhones and iPads are configured to carry on using the internal mic when it doesn’t recognise the external mic correctly.
Unlike most normal audio equipment, if you had the wrong connector you normally get no sound recorded but in this case you still may get an audio recording but of a somewhat poorer than expected quality because it’s still going to be recording from the internal mic.
If you don’t know about this it will have you pulling your hair out and wondering just what the hell is going on when your iPhone continues to use the internal mic even when you have an external one plugged into it.
When it happened to me I was lucky I have both types of mic available, so when are battery- powered one didn’t work I tried the self powered one and that worked fine and that’s when I realised it down to the type of mic that causes this problem.
There are a few suppliers out there selling these adapter cables but before you buy anything you should make sure that the company or person you’re buying from knows about this and offers two types of adapter cable, one for battery- powered mics and one for self-powered mics in that they can tell which one you need depending upon the microphone you have. Check on our website at video-alchemy.com or it is there is a link under this video click on there and we have a list of suppliers which we have already found.
There is no standard to these, Apple do not make an official adapter so they could look like this or this, so you just have to trust your supplier to give you the right one just beware the cheap ones offered on eBay and Amazon because they don’t always work.
Again look for a supplier which knows you have two different types of Leads.
So that’s it now you know what to look for in adapter that matches your microphone and hopefully your audio will sound great.