Today every one is a creator. And with the amount of adapters, lenses and apps built specifically for smartphone filmmaking today it’s easy to capture pro grade video and audio from that little square screen in your pocket. Not every adapter is the same however, which is why we’ve put together this list of our favorite audio adapters to fit any scenario.
1. Best Interface For The Price
Focusrite AMS-ITRACK-Pocket – $26.26 on Amazon
Simple to use and straight to the point. The iTrack Pocket is a portable, high quality stereo microphone and guitar input that lets you create and share videos using your iPhone. Designed for singer-songwriters, iTrack Pocket lets you easily apply mastering effects and share directly to YouTube. It holds your iPhone at the perfect angle for recording and then captures your performance using a stereo microphone that eclipses the quality of your iPhone mic and a dedicated guitar input with built-in amp simulation.
2. Best Interface For The Professional
Roland Go: Mixer Pro
The Roland Go:Mixer Pro packs a complete mixer into a handheld device, and it interfaces with your iPhone, Android phone – or anything else. The thing sounds really good. The mic pre and mix circuitry is transparent and barely any self noise is detectable on recordings, making it a perfect fit for professionals looking for studio quality sound.
3. Best Interface for Portability
Rode SC6-L – $79
The Rode Microphones SC6-L Mobile Interface for iOS Devices and Compatible Microphones is a simple input/output breakout box designed for Apple iOS devices. Inspired by the original SC6 with a 3.5mm TRRS jack, the SC6-L uses a Lightning Connector to connect directly to Apple iOS devices. – With two TRRS inputs and one stereo headphone output, users can enable/disable direct monitoring, alter the gain boost, and choose between summed stereo and dual-mono.
4. Best Interface for Android
Saramonic SmartRig+ UC 2-Track – $139.95
2 independent channels allow you to connect and control gain on multiple microphones or guitars at the same time. The interface also features 3 types of input to accommodate any set up: two XLR mic inputs, two 1/4″ (6.35mm) guitar inputs, and two 1/8″ (3.5mm) jack inputs for connecting any instrument or microphone. Features a USB Type-C Output Connector allowing you to attach an XLR microphone or 6.3mm guitar directly to your lighting connected USB-C device.
5. Best All Around Interface
IK Multimedia iRig PRO I/O – $149.99
Not having hardwires coming out of this thing and just jacks allows for super versatility. And that means using the same output for Android and iOS. iRig Pro I/O features 24-bit A/D and D/A converters, and a 96kHz sample rate for professional quality audio on the go. When using a studio microphone, iRig Pro I/O can supply 48V of phantom power to the XLR jack for your active condensers. Plus, you can dial in the perfect and precise amount of gain with the new marked gain control knob. Made for iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC and Android devices.
If you’re interested in smartphone 3D audio recording, make sure to check out some of our tutorials below. Thanks for listening!
From One Ear To Another,
Founder, Hooke Audio