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Use your iPhone as a room mic

The microphone that’s always in your pocket. Why not use it? In all honesty, it’s a million times better than the first ever microphone I bought from my local guitar shop back in the 90’s and the iPhone has it’s own unique compression that you can use to your advantage.

I’ve been messing around with using it as a second mic on acoustic guitar and vocals, and you can actually get some great results this way. But I think it’s truly a great tool when used as a room mic.

Even if you don’t think you’ll end up using it in the mix, it’s a great idea to have a room mic setup when tracking. You never know what’s going to happen during a session and what you might accidentally capture. If you’re capturing a live performance, a room mic can be a great way to capture the audience and give the listener a true sense of being part of the event.

So how do use your iPhone as a room mic?

It’s actually a whole lot easier than you’d think. I’m using an app on my phone that is simply called Microphone by Von Bruno. There’s an ad supported free version with limited features. The paid version will set you back… wait for it… AU$1.49. That’s by far the cheapest microphone in my mic locker!

  1. Connect your iPhone to a spare channel on your recording interface. You can purchase a 3.5mm Jack to XLR cable on eBay for around $10.
  2. Open Microphone and swipe down to set the volume to zero.
  3. Swipe up to bring the volume up far enough for you to be getting a decent signal in your DAW (-12 is plenty) but no so far that you’re bringing in the noise floor (unwanted hiss).

It’s that easy. Experiment and leave a comment below if you record some cool sounds!


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