- Use a standard batteryless electret condenser mic (ECM) such as lavalier, PC, or headset mic, with your smartphone or tablet
- Not for use with mics that require batteries
- Works with most smartphones that have a combined headset and mic jack
- Works with two ECMs at a time, just use a splitter!
- Crystal clear sound recording, 100% guaranteed
Our Headset Buddy allows you to record from your ECM onto your smartphone. Simply insert the male 3.5mm (1/8 in.) TRRS plug into your smartphone, and plug your microphone into the female 3.5mm (1/8 in.) end of the wire.
How it Works: Plug the adapter into the iPhone/smartphone (or other device) headset jack and then plug your microphone into the adapter. The iPhone will recognize that an external mic is connected and turn its internal mic off allowing you to record using the external microphone. This adapter works with all audio/video recording apps and other functions just as the internal mic would. The adapter is approximately 13 inches long.
This adapter is NOT
for mics that have batteries. Please see our "Dynamic Mic to Smartphone Adapter"
adapter for this. Also, sound input for smartphone connections is mono. You are able to input stereo sound; however, only one side of the microphone will work.
Older Samsung Galaxy models
Select Motorola Droid models
Incompatible Audio Sources:
(For the following microphones, use 01-iPhone-Mic-Dynamic)
Wireless microphone systems
Microphones with batteries
iPhones, iPads, iPods
Android smartphones and devices
Compatible Audio Sources:
ECM Microphones that require 2 VDC plug in power.
Lavalier ECM Microphones (without batteries)
ECM PC Microphones
ECM Headset/boom Microphones
Q: Will this adapter work with a stereo mic?
A: The combined headset jack on the iPhone and other devices only has a mono mic input so you cannot record in stereo. Most recording apps split the mono signal into both left/right channels when recording so the audio will play back in both ears. You can connect a stereo mic to this adapter but only one side of the mic will be active; if you use a stereo-to-mono adapter on your mic then it will make both mics active. There is a new stereo microphone product available which will allow for stereo recording using the docking connector; this is currently the only option available for stereo recording, Tascam IM2 stereo mic.
Q: Why do I need a different adapter for a mic that has batteries?
A: Lavalier mics, PC mics and headset mics are typically ECM mics (electret condenser mics) and all ECM mics require power to operate. If your ECM mic does not have batteries then you need the –ECM version of the adapter which allows the iPhone (or other device) to power the mic. If your mic has batteries or is a dynamic mic or wireless mic then you need the 01-IPHONE-MIC version of this adapter which blocks the power from the phone to prevent damage to the mic.
Q: Can I connect two microphones for doing interviews?
A: Yes, you can use a standard 3.5mm splitter adapter to connect two microphones which will combine the signals from both microphones into this adapter. Alternately, you could use a small mixer to combine the signals from multiple microphones into this adapter.