Mini microphone for iPhone is a kind of microphones that are specially designed for iPhone to capture sounds. Compared to inbuilt mic of cellphone, it features more advantages such as clearer voice transformation, less self noise and being ideal for more situations like video calls. But how can we use it to get better video calls since it is more and more common to have online conferences? The followings are some tips you can follow.
Choose a suitable microphone
To better involve in video calls, an iPhone microphone is a must but not the most. Just keep in mind that not every mic is compatible with your iPhone and record the best sound. So it is of great significance to choose a suitable, or the best microphone. But how? Here is some advice for you.
1. Decide the microphone type
The iPhone external microphone market includes various types of microphones, and the commonly used types are:
- Lavalier mic: Lavalier mics, also known as lapel mics, can be clipped on your clothes. It is usually compact and cannot be noticed when having video calls.
- Desktop mic: As its name suggests, desktop mic can stand on the desk by itself or with the help of mic stand. It is useful to free your hand.
- Handheld mic: Obviously it should be held in hand. To some extent it is not ideal for video call since sometimes you need to make some notes for the conference.
- Attached mic: It is a kind of mini microphone for iPhone that can be attached to your phone, making itself unseen in the video frame.
- Wireless mic: It consists of a transmitter clipped on your collar and a receiver connected to your phone. It has no physical cable so it is convenient when you need to be away for a moment without taking the phone.
From the above we can know that except handheld mic, other mics are ideal for video calls. Therefore, it is up to your using habits and budgets to choose a type from them.
2. Determine how to connect
Connection is also important when choosing an external iPhone microphone. There are two ways of connecting, one is via Lightning socket and the other is earphone jack.
No matter what iPhone you use, a microphone with Lightning connector can work well. Therefore, you needn’t concern about the connection issue.
But if you look in mic with 3.5mm output, it is crucial to know that there is no earphone jack on iPhone above 7. So if you want to use it, you are supposed to buy an iPhone microphone adapter meanwhile. If you have iPhone 6 and want to buy a microphone, make sure that it is a TRRS output, which matches the earphone jack.
3. Check the compatibility
Although most microphone for iPhone recording start working as soon as the phone is plugged in, certain mics require software to perform well. When looking for mini microphone for iPhone, keep this in mind.
Choose a good recording surroundings
Anytime you are in video call or other recording scenarios, taking surroundings and the affects they have on your audio into consideration is necessary.
Reverb or echo will be introduced into your audio in rooms with a lot of reflective surfaces, such as wood floors, concrete walls, or tall ceilings, making your video chat difficult to listen to on the other end.
So how to deal with this problem? Choose a space with plenty of soft surfaces, such as rugs, drapes, or bookshelves, if at all possible. Bedrooms and offices, for example, are appropriate for smaller spaces.
To hear others on the other end clearly, wearing a earphone is necessary, which helps you to have a smooth call. Maybe you are thinking how to make it since the mic has taken up the place. Actually, most smartphone mics feature a 3.5mm jack for earphone to plug in. For example, G1L, a wireless microphone for iPhone at SYNCO, features a 3.5mm jack on the receiver end. Just plug the earphone into it and you will hear others clearly and smoothly.
Position your mic close to your mouth
It is also important to pay attention to the distance from your mouth to the mini microphone for iPhone. In general, if your mic is 20-30cm away from you and towards mouth, you can be heard much better. This is really simple to achieve if you own SYNCO G1, a kind of wireless microphone. With an omnidirectional transmitter staying on your collar, you won’t be worried about the sound quality since it will catch all you say within this distance.
Set the mic level correctly
To alter the volume of your microphone for iPhone, go to the level control in either your phone's audio settings or your conferencing app's settings. Before jumping on a call, check your volume to make sure it isn't too loud or low – around two-thirds of the way across the level meter is a decent place to be. You shouldn't need to adjust your microphone if you're talking close to it in a relatively quiet room.
Mute the mic when no talking
Finally, while you're not speaking, mute your microphone. Most conferencing apps will feature an easily accessible mute option that will rapidly turn the audio on and off.
There will be a notable reduction in background noise, such as chairs scraping on the floor, knocks on a table, air conditioners, or traffic outside, if everyone on the call observes this rule. When there are more than two individuals on a call, the background noise can become highly distracting and cause the audio to sound choppy.