Professional microphones for voice
recordings are expensive and investing in one is a good idea if you plan on
using it pretty much every day for high production value content. For the average
user built-in microphones do the job just fine, even if they don’t sound very
good. But I wanted a microphone that sounds better than that and I didn’t
want to buy expensive equipment. I found a great solution and it was in my pocket
the whole time. Here’s what you do. Download this app… put your phone into airplane mode, plug
this thing into the thing, plug the other thing into the other thing, go to
applications utilities and open the app audio MIDI setup then go to window show
iOS device browser and then hit enable. Open the downloaded app on your iPhone
and turn off your screen and you’re good to go.
Your iPhone should now appear as an input device on your system preferences
and any application that records audio like Audacity, Adobe Audition, and
GarageBand. The audio sounds pretty good although you might add a bit of noise
reduction, compression, and EQ to polish it up a bit.
Tips. Since the mic doesn’t have a pop filter, you might put a towel or a thin
bit of cloth over top to reduce the noise you get when you pop your “P”
sounds. Also, if you don’t have any acoustic panels to
suppress sound reflection in your recording environment, record in the
middle of a room with the least amount of acoustic reflection as you can like a
large carpeted room. That should be good enough. Make sure you find a place that
has the least amount of noise sources. Turn off fans air filters, air
conditioners, and pretty much any other electronic device that could create
background noise. If you can use a mic stand or even a camera tripod to hold
your iPhone away from the floor or any other acoustically reflective surface.
And don’t forget to record some silence to use later for your noise reduction
processing. Oh, and for PC users, the app outputs microphone audio to the
headphone jack as well, that is, if you have one. GRRRRRR!!! So if you got one of these
cables you can just plug straight into the line-in on your computer and record
from there. Just make sure the volume on your iPhone is at max to get the best
signal. Happy recording! Okay bye.