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Shotgun mic for iPhone: Four basics you should know

A shotgun mic for iPhone focuses on picking up sound from one direction only, minimizing the amount of background sound to the sides. You would normally use it for a one-mic show, or a one-to-one podcast. In this article, we will talk about the following topics. Read on and see how to get directional sounds for your iPhone recording.

  1. Shotgun mic definition and what are the types
  2. What are the benefits of using shotgun microphone for iPhone?
  3. How to choose the best model for your iPhone recording?
  4. How to record audio on an iPhone from shotgun mic?

SYNCO D30 is used for iPhone audio recording.

What is external shotgun mic for iPhone and what are the types?

Shotgun microphones are distinguished by their long, thin tubular shape. They are highly directional and feature narrow sound pickup, which means they are more sensitive to sound directly in front of it and reject sounds from the side and behind ("off-axis").

There are 3 types if classified by the cable.

Mini shotgun mic for iPhone with Lightning output

The SYNCO U1 comes in 3 models that feature different connectors. The U1L features Lightning connector. This gives it the unique ability to be directly plugged into your iPhone without the need for any adapter. All you need to do is to plug it into the smartphone’s charging port and then start recording.

Shotgun mic for iPhone video with 3.5mm output

The D30 and U3 are good examples of such type of shotgun mic for iPhone. Both of them come with 3.5mm output but there is something different. For the D30, a TRS cable is used for connecting it the camera while the TRRS cable for connecting to smartphones. As for the U3, the included Type-C to 3.5mm TRRS cable can accommodate the TRS devices automatically. Lightning adapter will be needed if there is no TRRS jack on your iPhone.

Universal type with XLR output

The XLR output is found on the majority of "traditional" shotgun microphones. These are often longer than another two types and feature great directionality that are ideal for booming. The SYNCO D1 and D2 both come with XLR output. They are usually used with DSLR cameras. If you want to use them to record audio into computers, an audio interface is required to make the connection.

Benefits of using directional shotgun mic for iPhone

The most significant benefit is its great directionality and good off-axis rejection. Because of these properties, you can position the microphone further away from what you're recording. And you can still capture clear, full-bodied audio with significantly less ambient room sound.

This is perfect for a gaming or live streaming setup in which you don't want your microphone in frame. It is also ideal for a filmed podcasting scenario in which you and your guests are seated on a couch or around a table and you want to eliminate clutter in the shooting.

What to look for in a shotgun mic for iPhone?

Besides the connectivity and compatibility, you are advised to consider the following factors that play a role in determining the best shotgun mic for iPhone.

Gain Adjustment

You should think about the functionality, which varies based on the model. Some microphones, for example, feature gain controls for recording in a more sensitive environment. Gain controls often rise in value from -2, -1, 0, +1, and +2. The microphone gets more or less sensitive to ambient noise when the settings are increased or decreased.

Build Quality

The construction quality and durability should also be taken into account. Some lower-end models aren't built to handle an on-location situation on a regular basis. As the microphone and cord will most likely be placed into a pocket when not in use, make sure they are well-made and robust.

Available Accessories

Consider the available accessories. These are critical in acquiring the best possible recording in the field, which lowers post-production time. Is there a windscreen on the microphone, for example, to decrease wind noise when on location? Is there a particular clip or mount for attaching the microphone to a smartphone rig?

Table: Supplied accessories of SYNCO shotgun mic for iPhone

You can check the table below to see what accessories are included in the package of SYNCO shotgun mics.

Shotgun mic



Shock mount

Other accessories


XLRM-XLRF cable, XLRF-3.5MM cable


Mic holder, cold shoe, protecting box




Mic holder, protecting box


TRS/TRRS cable, charging cable

Packing box




Mounting bracket


Type-C to 3.5mm TRRS Cable, charging cable


Cold shoe, metal plate, carrying bag

How to use a shotgun mic with an iPhone?

You can follow the following steps.

Place the mic properly

It is advisable to position it to the subject's chin or upper chest so that all sounds are recorded on axis. The optimal distance between the microphone and the sound sources is also affected by the directional pickup pattern. To get the most out of it, keep it at least 2 feet away from the subject. This distance allows the microphones to catch the target sound without picking up on background noise.

Connect a shotgun mic to iPhone

As aforementioned, shotgun mic for iPhone comes with different outputs. For the iPhone shotgun mic with Lightning, connecting it to your mobile phone is as simple as plugging it into the charging port. For other types, you will need adapters to help achieve successful connection. Make sure the adapter you use is MFI certificated.


Q: How to listen to audio from shotgun mic to iPhone?

A: This requires a shotgun mic for iPhone with monitoring. For example, the SYNCO U3 has a 3.5mm headphone jack on it. It allows you to plug your earphone into the port and monitor the recorded audio in real time. This enables you to make adjustments accordingly, reducing the effort of post production.

Q: Is a shotgun mic good for YouTube?

A: The shotgun mic is capable of recording a wide range of tasks, including vlogs, interviews, and so on. It's ideal for creating YouTube videos.