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How to Add a Wireless Microphone to iPhone or Android ► 2019 Edition

How to Add a Wireless Microphone to iPhone or Android ► 2019 Edition


Every year. I redo this video. I want to find out what it takes in 2019 to
connect your professional wireless microphone pack like the Sennheiser to your smart phone. When I recorded the first part of this video,
I didn’t even know that the second cable that I will be talking about existed, so if it
feels a little bit disjointed, that’s why, but it all comes together in the edit and
I will do a recap at the end, so stick around. It’s worth it. It is so noisy on the show floor here at NAB,
but fortunately this company Vocal Booth has just let me step into one of their sound booths
for quick little recording. The whole thing with getting a wireless microphone
onto the iPhone is it’s actually really hard to do. If you just plug it in, it doesn’t work. You might get a mic to work, but in general
it just doesn’t. The impedance is wrong. There’s a whole electrical problem that makes
it not function normally, so you have to adapt; you have to go through a series of adapters
to make it work. Now historically, what I’ve had do is use
this right here. This is the USB Camera Kit Adapter for the
Apple iPhone and this goes from Lightning to USB, and then I take this little guy, a
tiny USB audio interface, and plug that in. This gives me line level in, so this has been
so far the cleanest and best way to connect any wireless microphone; the Sennheiser or
Comica, just about anything you want, into this and you’re getting a line level into
the phone and you’re going to have perfect audio. But it does require a couple of pieces and
this thing here hanging off of your camera means that you can’t really hang it off of
a gimbal very easily. There’s a lot of, kind of limitations when
you’re working with this. But there’s a new cable on the market from
a company called Edutig… Edu-tige?…Tiget? Edutige… t’s a new cable that’s designed
to go straight from the wireless receiver pack into your smartphone. Now if your smart phone has a headphone jack,
it goes straight in. If it doesn’t, then like the iPhone, you have
to go through a Lightning adapter, but you don’t need a USB adapter. You don’t need a USB audio interface. It’s just this one cable. Excuse the interruption. I recorded this whole video to talk about
this new cable, this new one from Edutige and we’re still going to do that. However, on the way out the door from NAB,
Saramonic handed their new cable and while I didn’t get to put it through the same tests
that I did this one, I still want to talk about it, so I’m gonna put that at the end
because this is a very interesting cable. So we’re going to be talking about both, but
let’s start with this one. Let’s get back to it. The cable does work with at least a couple
of different microphone packs. Since I’m at NAB, I’m going to walk around
and see if I can get some companies to let me plug their microphone pack into this cable
and we’ll find out what happens. We are now at the Deity microphone booth. Deity makes some pretty high end mics and
I’m playing with the new Deity Duo-RX. This is a digital 2.4 hertz spectrum mic and
this is currently outputting into our fancy little cable on output A there, and it is
working as far as I can tell them. This sounds pretty good. We’re from Quantum5X, Q5X for short, and we
specialize in five types of unique transmitters that each have an ability that’s not seen
anywhere else. What we’re most known for is our player mic,
which is the thinnest profile on the market, flexible, used in sports. We’re talking right now through the new Wisycom
MTH410 and we’re going to the NPR 51. Now let’s talk about the the Saramonic adapter. This is what they gave me when I left NAB. This cable may well be the holy grail for
what we’re trying to do. All you need is this. It is an analog to digital converter. There’s the converter in the middle. It converts any standard microphone output
into whatever you need to plug into your phone; USB-C or Lightning. You can take a standard microphone receiver,
this is my wireless lav receiver from Comica, a generic mono receiver. Plug this into here, plug this end into your
smartphone, fire up your Lav, and you’re good to go. This is everything that you need. However, this cable is actually stereo and
you might think, well that’s cool, right? I mean, that that could be. On a mic like this, it works just fine. This microphone sends out a mono signal along
both the left and right channels so you get effectively dual mono. Great. If you have a receiver like this one here,
a stereo receiver that actually receives from two separate microphones, this is fantastic. This way with your smartphone, you can get
a channel left and channel right for the mic one and mic two. That’s not something you can do with the Edutige. But if you go up to a Sennheiser, you’re going
to have a little bit of a problem. This is, of course, a mono receiver. It is outputting a true mono signal. Now, this is outputting mono as well, but
it’s outputting dual mono, sending the same mono signal out both the left and the right
channels. This however, is not. Mono is not meant to be on both channels. Mono is a single channel, hence the name. It should go out to the left channel only
and that’s exactly what this does, so it’s doing it right. But if you’ve ever used one of these and plugged
it into your camera, then you’ll know that that’s not what you get. You usually get the signal on both channels,
a dual mono single. It turns out that this little cable that comes
with your Sennheiser is not a standard TRS cable. Standard TRS – tip, ring, sleeve – is
going to be left, right, and ground. So you got left, right going in one end, left,
right coming out the other. However, this cable is left, left, ground. This cable takes the same signal and duplicates
it out both sides over here. This is a proprietary, unique cable, which
is great. That’s exactly what you want when you plug
this into your camera. However, because this is only outputting on
the left channel, when you take your Saramonic adapter, plug it into here, plug this end
into your iPhone, you’re only going to get audio on the left channel. Now that’s not a problem if you’re recording
it to edit later. You can easily just convert that to mono,
duplicate it to the right track, there’s different ways to handle it and that’s going to be fine. It is going to be a problem, though, if you
want to broadcast live. If you want to go live, you can’t use this
combination because you’re only going to get the audio out one channel. But there’s a work around. Again, we’re talking workarounds here, so
we’re back to that. But there is a workaround. There’s one that I’ve tested, one that I haven’t. The one that I’ve tested is using their cable,
their proprietary cable, and you plug this end into here so now you’ve got dual mono
coming out this side. Then take a simple little gender bender here,
female to there, female end on that, plug this into your smartphone and now you’ve got
dual mono and that’ll work great. But of course we’re talking about another
adapter here. What should also work, although I haven’t
tested it, is a simple mono to stereo adapter. They cost between five and $10, they’re little
tiny things that will sit on the end of this. And that should work, but again, that’s theoretical. This on its own is fantastic. It is giving you a very high quality signal. The cable does cost more than the Edutige
solution, but not a whole lot more, and it does make things a whole lot easier. All right, now let’s take a look at the entire
landscape of everything that we’ve been talking about here in the whole lineup. All right, let’s wrap this thing up, shall
we? The microphones that I had to test with in-house
include the generic Comica transmitter receiver, it is a very standard, very inexpensive Lavalier
set. The stereo or dual microphone pack Comica
transmitter receiver, so you’ve got two transmitters and a single receiver. And then the Sennheiser ew 100, a totally
standard industry-used microphone set. Let’s get this out of the way. So what are the advantages and disadvantages
of each one of these setups? Well, starting with the Lightning to USB adapter,
it is definitely the most cumbersome one. Not only is it this big gangly thing that’s
hanging off of your phone, it can get in the way of a gimbal or just general use. You also have to combine it with a USB audio
interface. The one advantage of this however, is that
you do get true line level in, which means you can connect essentially anything to it,
plus you do have a spare Lightning port here, meaning that you can charge the device while
you use it. That can be very useful. The Edutige cable is certainly a convenient
option, especially if you’re not going to an iPhone and you don’t need this adapter. This is a single cable that will handle pretty
much all of your needs. If you’re using an iPhone, you will of course
need this adapter. One of the things that I do like about this
solution is this is a nice long cable, meaning that you can easily have this end plugged
into your phone while you have your mic receiver pack on your belt or somewhere else. It certainly makes it ideal and probably one
of the best solutions if you’re using a gimbal. The Saramonic is a great solution because
it is truly all that you need. Granted, if you shooting with both iPhone
and Android, you might need both, but regardless, this is an all-in-one solution. The stereo problem could be a problem if you
are working with a Sennheiser or another mic that outputs motto on one channel and you’re
broadcasting live, but outside of that unique situation, this is probably going to work
for basically everybody. It’s small, it’s light, it’s not going to
get away of a gimbal, and overall I think this is a great, great product to be using,
but it’s also the most expensive of the bunch. There you have it. Three great solutions, which is precisely
two more solutions than we just a year ago. No matter your configuration, you’re likely
to find a set up here that will work for you, and if you decide to buy any of these cables,
I’d certainly appreciate it if you use my affiliate links down below. I’ll do this video again in a year. We’ll find out what another year brings us. So for now, this is what we’ve got, and we’ll
see you again in 2020.

32 thoughts on “How to Add a Wireless Microphone to iPhone or Android ► 2019 Edition”

  1. There is also those new little Røde Wireless GO, which are designed to plug into either to camera or to a smart device

  2. I finally solved all my audio problems with the new Rode mic go. It works on both my iPhone and my canon and the sound is good enough. I can even use it with a gimbal.

  3. Amazing ! Now what would be GOLDEN is a Bluetooth wireless mic into I=phone…no more cables…Anything out there like that?

  4. I am frustrated – Very Import Question: Apple Iphone X using your Apple lightning USB camera kit set up and an Azden 310 dual mics transmitters / lavaliere – single receiver set up – I have tried everything to get it to receive both mics on Iphone but its not working – Both Mics come thru loud and clear and it all works perfect when plugged directly into a DSLR camera – but when I plug into the Iphone with the Lightning USB set up – It will only pick up one mic – Will this cable solve my problem ?? thank you for so much insight here – your videos are VERY helpful – watched them all and just found this updated one – I hope that this is the answer ?

  5. HELP I've been trying to use a small sony ecm 909 mike through the audio jack on my s9+ and a trs to trrs adapter cable. It works (in stereo) but unless mouth is close to the mike, capturing sound from more than a few inches away, sound level very low, about 5X lower than phone's mike. the mike i have is 90 or 120 deg selectable. Is the problem going through the headphone jack on the phone??? Should I abandon the external mike idea? i don't want to use usb c because its blocked by gimbal. (i heard you say something about true line level. would my sony mike output true line and then the 3.5mm input on the samsung phone lowers that level?)

  6. Thank you SO much for this info (been looking for months)! Used your link for the Saramonic UTC-C35 😀

  7. Help help help, please. I have purchased the Rode videomic me, SC7 (TRS to TRRS) to use on my iPhone XS. It did not seem to work at all. I bought the Boya M1 Lavalier lapel mic, with a lightening to headphone adapter and same deal. What am I doing wrong? I am a beginner beginner. So I do not know much about all of this; it has to be my error. Please tell me what to buy to have a external mic on my iphone without having to do after recording editing on the sound (because I do not know how to do that yet). Thank you so much. Jen V

  8. I have a WMIC 60 wireless mic and I'm trying to use it on my Samsung GalaxyNote8, what should I get?

  9. Wow! Right on time ! Thank you for updating and continuing this series, this channel is a gem 💎.

  10. Great info but we are still having some problems we hope you can help with. We are trying to get audio from a Sennheiser ew 100 g2 to an IPhone 6s. We have a TRS to TRRS cable from Rode and we are getting nothing from the phone. The mic works with a Sony camera but we get nothing from any of our phones. An ideas are greatly appreciated.

  11. 4:29 Hi, Joesph! I’m wanting to purchase the Saramonic lightening cable so I can finally plug in my Sennheiser AVX lav mic to my IPhone. I’m still a tad confused about the mono stereo tho? 🧐 Please link your affiliate links for any other accessories I might need to successfully do that and they’ll go in my cart ASAP. Thank you so much! 😎👌

  12. I have an old sony URX-p2, and I think it has the same issue as the Sennheiser, I recall plugging it to my GH3 at some point, and only got one channel, so I think I may have confused the cables and got a generic one instead of a proprietary. With that said, I did use the mono to stereo adapter, and had the mic send signals to both channels on my camera, so I think your theory may very well be correct. However, I tried one of the rode mic's sc7 cables the same way, and that was a no go, so I will be trying the saramonic adapter, although, in this scenario, do you think the Edutige cable with a mono to stereo adapter could work??

  13. Pity the Saramonic doesn't also provide power to the phone. Does no one make a Bluetooth lav mic? Is there just too much latency with Bluetooth?

  14. Hi Joseph, thank you for the great information. I have a Sennheiser ew100 g2 lav. After watching this video, I bought the Edutige ewl-001 and lightening adaptor so that I could record audio from my phone. The problem is that they do not work with my iphone SX Max. I've tried everything … I've talked with Apple tech support and also Sennheiser. No one has been able to help. I have a message into Edutige. They haven't responded yet. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks for your time.

  15. Hello Joseph. I have an iPhone X and 2 MOVO WMIC50's, what's ur recommendation to be able to connect both to my phone. I have not yet purchased either cable that you've recommended…..

  16. I will apologize for the lengthy post right off the bat LOL

    If you have an Apple Iphone feel free to jump to the "bottom line" of this post.

    Here's an update.

    I got the Saramonic USB-C cable, and it works… sorta.
    I tried the cable on 2 different Android smartphones. at first, none of the phones seem to detect it. Then, I had the brilliant idea to look at the side of the box the cable came in, and saw that Saramonic recommends using this cable with apps that have an audio input selection option like Cinema FV5. I had the app already so I just ran it, selected the input and it worked. If you are just using your smartphone to record video it definitely serves the purpose, but don't expect it to work with Facebook live or Youtube live with the built in camera. There might be other apps that will allow you to do so, but do note that those apps will have to give you an option to select the audio input.

    If you are expecting the Saramonic cable to work right off the bat with the built in camera, chances are it will not. From my experience so far, if your phone has a headphone jack, your best option will be the Edutige cable, as it will work with Android operating system by default because the system will think is a microphone headset input.

    If anyone knows how to "fix" or "trick" android into accepting the cable automatically, or be selectable for use with the built in camera app, I am open to suggestions.

    Second, I got the OTG cable and the Sabrent USB audio and it also worked… Sorta.

    I had an LG phone (tribute, cheaper LG) that was doing a weird phase when I plugged in the Edutige cable. I was getting a signal, but the audio had this small amount of phasing that was perceptible. I grabbed the OTG USB (micro USB in this case) and plugged in the Sabrent audio dongle. for some reason, it automatically tricked the phone into thinking it was a headset and it displayed the headset Icon right on the status bar! I then went ahead and fired up the built in camera and… perfect audio, and with just a regular TRS cable going into the Sabrent's mic input. Not only am I getting perfect audio, but I also get to plug in headphones and do a couple of test runs to check my levels and make sure everything is working properly. I tried it on 2 more phones, and it didn't work (even with e Cinema FV5 software).

    In my case, I decided to get a "new" phone, so I picked up a used unlocked LG V40 (which it's a very content creator friendly phone with tons of options) and the Edutige cable performed flawlessly. The SC7 cable made by Rode also worked great! (and its the cheapest option for 11 bucks or so…) Then again, this particular LG has an option to select an input in the built in camera software, and is a phone with very advanced audio features like limiter, HIFI audio, software selectable gain and even frequency roll-off.

    Bottom line:

    Apple's Iphones will have the advantage always due to the fact that there is only one company that makes them, therefore, anything that is apple related (MFI certified) will have better chances of working with the hardware simply because there is ONLY one OS and its made by the same company that makes the phone. In fact, BBC uses Iphones for mobile reporting and mobile news gathering (for those moments you cant carry a big bulky "look at me!!" camera) being the Iphone 6s plus the minimum requirement, which happens to be the last Iphone to come with an audio jack input.

    With Androids? not so much. Every company has different variants of the OS, and some will have features others don't even within the same brand. My best suggestion? take any of these cable input options with you to the cell phone store, explain to the salesperson what you are trying to do and test out a few that meet your camera usage needs. this will definitely save you the disappointment of finding out after you have already committed to a purchase.

  17. Thanks for the great video and info. I'm just getting started into vlogging and am trying to connect a digital Sennheiser AVX receiver to my iphone x and bought the Edutige cable via your affiliate link. However, I think I need the female to female adapter since the AVX receiver does not have an input to plug the Edutige cable. Hopefully, it will work.

  18. Hi Joseph, do you have a video of your live recording set up? I would love to see more about how you do the process

  19. To record quality audio onto iphone videos, I have ordered the Comica Audio CVM-WM200A 2-Person Camera-Mount Wireless Omni Lavalier Microphone System and the Saramonic adapter shown in this video. Do I need an app on my iphone to monitor audio levels? If so, what's recommended?

  20. Well what about those of us who don't use iPhones? I use my Galaxy S7. I wonder what adapter I would need? That's why I'm here.

  21. I am looking for making online course on my subject. I have a set of Sennheiser XS EM10 TRUE DIVERSITY RECEIVER, SK20 BODY PACK TRANSMITTER and ME-3EW HEAD WORN MIC. I want to use this mic to record my voice on an android mobile or a computer for recording online courses. is there a way out? Please guide. Thankyou in advance.

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