The 7 Best External Microphones for iPad & iPhone (iOS)
iPhones and iPads have become very advanced. However, built-in microphones from almost every phone and tablet has relatively low quality because of their design and size constraints. If you want to do some professional recording, it’s worth using an external microphone.
If you’re looking to use your iPhones or iPad for video production, vlogging, filmmaking, or if you simply want a more professional sound for your audiovisual needs, then check out these great external microphones. From low budget to high-end options, you’ll probably find what you’re looking for on this list.
1. PowerDeWise Professional Grade Lavalier Lapel Microphone
This is a very popular and affordable lavalier mic – a type of microphone that you can usually see on TV, it’s a small mic that gets hooked up to your clothes. This little mic will pick up everything in its proximity and has a really clear and nice sound to it.
All you need to do is plug it in. No other software is required!
It works really great for iPhones and iPads. If you use a newer Apple device that doesn’t have a headphone jack then you will need to use a 3.5mm lightning adapter.
2. IK Multimedia iRig Voice Handheld Microphone
If you, for any reason, like classic, handheld microphones more then lapels or recorders, this is just the right thing for you. iRig Voice Handheld Mic is a great looking handheld microphone.
It works with older models of iPhones and iPads, as it has a single 1/8” jack. If you want to use it on newer models with a Lightning port, you’ll need to get an adapter.
The good news about this microphone is that it can easily be used for karaoke as well. You can get it in several different colors and its price is affordable.
3. IK Multimedia iRig Mic Cast HD iOS Microphone
This is a great little microphone from IK Multimedia. iRig Mic Cast HD is a 24-bit/96Hz microphone that’s compact, light, and extremely easy to use. It can connect through the Lightning port, USB-C, and Micro-USB connection with your device and it works on all iOS and most Android devices. It also comes with a 1/8” jack for headphones or any other output device.
You can attach it to your phone and through a slider on it you can choose whether you want the mic to record front, back, or bi-directional, making it really easy to set everything up. Also, you’ll get a windscreen for outdoor use if need be. All in all, this is a great low-end mic for everyday use if you need a good quality sound recorded on your phone.
4. Zoom iQ7 Rotating Mid Side Stereo Capsule
An interesting solution that was meant to be used by musicians as a way to easily record their takes in the studio. iQ7 is a stereo microphone with two separate capsules that ensure that all of the sounds are accurately captured.
Both capsules are oppositely put so that they effectively catch 360 degrees around the microphone. Also, capsules on it can rotate to get the best possible sound from your recording. It comes with a volume knob, and with a button, you can choose in which mode you want your microphone to work.
iQ7 is really light and easy to connect through the Lightning port. With the Zoom recording app, you can use the full potential of this mic. It can capture up to 120dB without cutting.
5. Shure MVL Mobile Lavalier Microphone
Another Lavalier Microphone on this list, Shure MVL is a microphone for people who are ready to pay a bit more to get a better quality microphone. This is a standard Lavalier microphone that comes with a 1/8” jack and 50” cable. It’s omnidirectional, so all you need to do is to plug it into your phone and tuck it onto your shirt and voila! You’re live.
You’re going to need a Lightning adapter for the newer iOS models, but 1/8” jack means it will work on all of the Android devices as well if need be. This is a great quality microphone that’s perfect for video recording. If you’re having a Youtube channel or just want to produce great quality material for not a lot of money, then this is your choice.
6. Rode iXY-L Stereo Microphone
Moving onto the high-end part of the list. Rode is a world-famous microphone manufacturer, so it’s no wonder they have their say with high-quality microphones for iOS. iXY-L is a stereo microphone with two separate L-shaped microphones facing away from each other. This assures that all of the sounds around the microphone is caught into it, giving you the best sound possible.
It comes with a lightning port, a case in which you can store it and a foam cut windscreen, enabling you to easily record outside. This microphone will provide you with true-to-life stereo sound, and because it has a continuously adjustable input level you’ll always have a perfect sound volume.
7. Rode VideoMic Me-L
If you’re looking for a small mic that will allow you to record in noisy areas but catches just what’s being told in front of the mic, then Me-L is a perfect pick for you.
This electric cardioid condenser microphone is a perfect fit for anyone looking to record vlogs or do some location shooting. Because it is a cardioid condenser it will catch just the sounds that are appearing in front of it, so you just need to point to the source of the sound and your job is done.
This is a great, lightweight, mid-range microphone that can be used by both professionals and amateurs who just want to have nice, clean sound without having to spend a fortune.
We hope that this list has helped you learn more about external iOS microphones and different options that are out there on the market. From small, bug microphones, to somewhat complex microphones which can get more serious and record better sound quality, there’s something out there for anyone, in any price range.