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Lighting (or maybe USB-C) mic for iPhone

What lightning mics are good, for plugging into the iPhone for field recording?

I want 24-bit recording, and would prefer a headphone jack for direct monitoring. Mid-side is good too, as IO may be using it for mono samples.

I've seen the Rode IXYL, and the Shure MV88. Are they good? Is there anything better?

I also wonder if there are USB-C versions, which may be more future-proof, but then I have to take my iPad out with me and I may as well not bother.

My use case is field recording, and sampling direct into apps like Drambo, Loopy, and Koala. Probably mostly Koala.


  • Zoom makes a mic that plugs directly into the lightening port and basically turns your phone into a field recorder. IQ6/IQ7 I think they’re called.

    They also make one with usb-c but it’s listed as an android device. Dunno if that would make any difference though.

  • Does it work to plug a usb mic into the CCK?

  • @HotStrange I have an old Zoom iQ5, but it’s only 16bit.

    What I’m looking for are any recommendations from anyone who has used Lightning mics like this.

  • I looked at this topic a little while back. From my reading the quality improvement with these lightning mics is modest, but they are a poor alternative to a separate field recorder like the Zoom H4n. You still need a dead cat for preventing wind noise, and you'll have to carry them around.

    Lots of users report issues with noise with the Zooms (digital crackling - not good). There are funky software issues with different models as well.

    I kinda like the AMBEO headphones for a bit of a different take on things. They're pretty cheap now and they give you that nifty binaural stereo field if that's useful.

  • I’ve used the Rode VideoMic ME-L and currently own a Shure MV88. From what I remember, the Rode recordings were a little less noisy but mono. The Shure gave me better quality and its stereo. I use it primarily for video but have used it for recording samples in AudioShare, Koala and GarageBand with good results.

  • I have a Roland R-07 recorder, which can connect to an iOS device as a USB audio interface, but it doesn't give access to the mic!

  • edited May 12

    Expensive, but take a look at Apogee MiC+ ($249) and Apogee HypeMiC ($349), and their older more affordable models. These mics have what you need, headphone input for direct monitoring, and a lot of included accessories like a mini stand, usb-c, usb-a, and lightning cables. So you can use with iPhone and iPad. And it’s Apogee so the sound and component quality will be hard to beat…

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