iPad® is an excellent device for vlogging, podcasting, etc. So iPad® microphone is a must to get high quality audio. Maybe you are confused:
- Why is external mic better than inbuilt one?
- What should be considered when seeking for a great one?
- Which type of connector can fit your device?
- How to achieve the connection?
Today let’s talk about these topics.
Why should you use an external microphone for iPad®?
The biggest reason is the sound quality. The built-in mic doesn’t always provide the range or depth of sounds that you desire, and the quality is at best average. Regardless of whether you’re podcasting or filming video, a top external one will undoubtedly increase the quality of your audio.
An external microphone for iPad pro also offers more shooting possibility. It is functional and portable. Some feature low cut and gain control so you can adjust the audio to excellent level while recording, which reduces the time to editing. Others are built with voice changing chip to offer various voice effects. In this way, you are able to mask the voice of speakers and make it sound different.
What features to look for in a good microphone for iPad®?
To capture high quality sounds, there are some features that you need to take into consideration. Below we list six factors.
Check the way that the microphone connects to your tablet. There are several questions to think about. Is it a wireless microphone for iPad® or wired? Is it the Lightning or USB C microphone for iPad®?Can it stay firmly? Is the connection suitable for your recording content and environment?
It is critical to have strong signal transfer. You should make sure how reliable is the electrical connection so you can record sounds without much latency and pause.
Select an iPad® microphone that has the exact audio quality you want. Although it is better than inbuilt mic, the audio quality differs among different models and price range. There is no need to invest in the most expensive one. You can see some reviews and decide which one is ideal for your recording.
A natural frequency response helps to capture nature and clear sounds. In generally, the best iPad® microphone should feature a range from 20Hz to 20,000Hz.
Find a microphone with solid construction and long-lasting battery. It is really helpful when you record outside especially in the bad weather condition or keeping recording for a long time.
It should be simple to set up and utilize. When shopping for a recording microphone for iPad®, keep a few things in mind. Does it block the lens of camera? Is there other functions like gain control to help improve recordings if needed?... All of these questions should be taken into consideration if you want to have an incredibly ideal microphone for iPad®.
What kind of microphone connector is compatible?
To figure it out, we need to have a look at the Apple’s connector. This helps we decide which kind of connector is suitable.
All Apple iPhones, the latest iPhone 13 Max included, is equipped with Lightning connector, which is introduced a decade ago. And there is no 3.5mm headphone jack.
The current iPad® also uses Lightning port. And it is the only model that uses 3.5mm jack. But pay attention, other iPads such as iPad mini®, iPad Air® and the iPad Pro®, feature USB-C. So you should pay attention to the connector of your podcast microphone for iPad Pro®.
Therefore, the compatible iPad® microphone is not always Lighting-connector-equipped. The suitable microphone connectors can be followings.
- TRRS: It goes for iPad® only and is common seen in the lavalier microphone for iPad®. You can also use it with your computer and Android smartphone since some of them also feature 3.5mm jack.
- Lightning: It fits iPad® and iPhone®. It is really simple to use a microphone for iPhone® or iPad® that equips with Lightning connector, just plug and play.
- USB-C: It can work well with iPad mini/Air/Pro. It is also suitable for your desktop and laptop.
There are a large number of microphones on the market for you to choose from. Besides making sure the compatible connector, it is also recommended to do some research before you shop for a specific one. And you can also check the compatibility information on the official website.
How to connect external microphone to your iPad®?
You have two options to connect your microphone.
One option is to plug it directly into the port. This goes for the plug in microphone for iPad®, which has the same connector as iPad®. For example, if you own a 3.5mm microphone, you can enjoy the convenience of plug and play.
The other option is using an adapter to assist in connecting. For example, a USB to Lightning adapter plays a role in connecting. With one end into the USB microphone and the other end to the Lightning port, the connection is conducted successfully.
If you have a Mac and want to use it to make recordings, it will be important to know how to set it up. Just check the article How to set up Mac mini microphone? to get the guideline.
How do I record with microphone for iPad® video?
It is as simple as attaching your iPad® microphone. The system will recognize it as the sound capturing device. You just need to open your camera or recording software and then start your filming.
What’s the best recording app?
Professional recording and editing apps are also the key to an outstanding video. You can use apps like Music Studio, AmpliTube, etc. to improve your output.
How can I get better audio when I forget to bring my microphone?
It is feasible to use mobile phones to help you. Try the following tips. You can record the video as usual and place the smartphone closely to the target sound to record the second track via the voice memo at the same time.
When recording is done, open the editing app, mute the audio track of video, and change it with the smartphone audio track. Syncing this track can be difficult at times, but after you get everything set up the way you want it, you’ll notice that your audio is far better than the distant, hollow sound you get from the built-in mics.
This method may not be optimal for everyone, but it is still a viable choice if you forget your iPad® microphone or need to record anything fast on the run. It’s also cost-effective, because you are making use of what you already have in your pocket.