Audio cable for iPad® & smartphones (TRRS male to 1/8" TS female input & 1/8" TRS female output) - 1 Foot
Record your voice while simultaneously listening through your headphones with this Audio cable for iPad® and smartphones from Monoprice!
Typically with other cables you can only record your voice with an external microphone, or simply listen to your tunes with your headphones. This cable gives you the ability to record your voice or musical instrument(s) through your iPhone®, Android™, or other device, and simultaneously listen through your headphones. Once this cable is plugged in you are good to go! Record and listen with your favorite third party application (such as GarageBand®, AmpliTube®, etc.).
The 4-conductor TRRS plug on this cable uses the CTIA standard configuration, which puts the microphone signal on the sleeve (versus being on the second ring in the OMTP standard). The CTIA standard has always been used by Apple and HTC, while older Samsung, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Wiko devices initially used the OMTP standard. However, the latest versions use the CTIA standard. This cable is therefore compatible with:
iPod touch® 3rd Generation and later versions
iPhone 3GS and later versions
iPad (all versions, including iPad mini)
Samsung Galaxy S® version 3 and later
Samsung Galaxy Note® version 2 and later
Any Android device using the CTIA standard TRRS connector with the microphone on the sleeve, as described above
While the TRRS plug is wired to the CTIA standard, the TRS headphone jack and TS microphone jack use standard wiring. The microphone input is compatible with microphones equipped with either a TS or TRS connector, such as those used on PCs. A combination mic-headphone assembly, such as those normally used with smartphones, is not a compatible input device.
Plug the 3.5mm (1/8") TRRS plug into the headphone jack on your compatible smartphone or tablet.
The smaller of the two 3.5mm (1/8") female jack bodies is the TRS stereo headphone output. Plug your standard earphones or headphones into this jack.
The larger of the two 3.5mm (1/8") female jack bodies is the TS mono microphone input. Plug your standard PC style microphone into this jack.
This cable only provides the electrical connections, allowing the physical use of the external microphone. To record the signals sent to the device you will need to have a software app, such as GarageBand for iOS®.
If using GarageBand for iOS note that the app generally cancels the monitor output during recording. This can be modified in "Settings" under "Crosstalk Protection". Be sure to minimize the input volume first.
Apple, iPhone, iPod, iPad, and GarageBand are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Samsung, Galaxy S, and Galaxy Note are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.
AmpliTube is trademark or registered trademark, property of IK Multimedia Production.
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|Average User Satisfaction Rate |
|Rating: (5 out of 10)||Reviewer: TBPSound from Austin, TX|
2/3/2015 9:17:48 AM
|experimented with iPhone 4s as portable recorder|
|Pros: - While some wanted labeling of the plugs, or even a different layout of which plugs were on which end, the layout to me is intuitive. The recording input line, an input to the cable, is on one end, and the connection to the CTIA device and headphones, both outputs of the cable, are on the other end.
- When inserting a TRS cable to the TS jack, the R is unconnected. While this configuration is common and expected, it still was nice to know that if feeding a stereo input and only recording the left channel, or a mono input driving both channels, the right channel source driver was not driving into ground. The ground would come from the shield of the TS jack overlapping the ring of the TRS plug.
Cons: - Did not hear the level of quality that I wanted in the recording, noticeably below the recording input quality, as explained in the review. The cable itself might be fine, and the fault might be with my hardware or recording application. Since I do not have more hardware or software to further test the TRRS cable, I only can give it a middle ground rating of 5.
Sometimes I have the need to record a sound system output. While my main equipment is my late 2008 unibody MacBook with separate audio input and output jacks, I recently bought a used iPhone 4s and wanted to experiment with its CTIA jack using iOS 8's Voice Memo app. After experimenting, I will continue to use my MacBook as the recording device. Here is a brief summary of the experiment.
Using a cable with male 1/8" TRS plugs on each end, connected the output of the computer to TRRS cable's microphone input. Played a 48 kbps mono voice podcast.
COMPARISON AFTER RECORDING
Input the Voice Memo recording into iTunes so that I could listen to the original source and the recording using headphones connected to my MacBook. The recording is a 64 kbps mono recording, encoding with com.apple.VoiceMemos (iPhone OS 8.1.3). The sample rate was 44.100 kHz. Even though the sample rate and bit rate are more than enough for a voice recording, the iPhone recording was noticeably inferior. (This impression matched my initial listening of the recording while playing back on the iPhone.) Much of the bass was lost. The overall recording sounded much more like a voice memo spoken into the phone than a studio quality podcast. Was the difference due to the TRRS cable design, a defective TRRS cable, a defective iPhone 4s microphone input, all iPhone 4s microphone inputs, or the Voice Memo's encoding algorithm? I do not know, and as stated in the Cons section of this review, I do not have more hardware or software to continue the experiment.
RECORDING INPUT NOT HEARD THROUGH TRRS CABLE OUTPUT
While the TRRS cable's TRS output worked fine during playback of the recording, the recording input was not heard through it. This lack of monitoring apparently is a Voice Memos app limitation, perhaps even an iOS default limitation. At least some recording apps make monitoring possible because the instructions on this website state:
If using GarageBand for iOS note that the app generally cancels the monitor output during recording. This can be modified in "Settings" under "Crosstalk Protection".
When the iPhone was connected through a 30-pin cable to a wall adapter, I did not hear an increase in the noise level. However, when that same cable was connected to my computer, the noise level of the recording degraded to unacceptable level, even for a voice recording. Do not record with a 30-pin cable connected to your computer.
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|Rating: (8 out of 10)||Reviewer: Anonymous from Markham, ON|
1/12/2015 12:28:56 PM
|Pros: Works nicely with my MacBook Pro. |
Cons: Not straight forward to get working
I had to play around with it to work. I didn't quite understand how everything worked together. Basically, you need to plug everything into the cable before plugging into the device. Audacity doesn't show the input as External Mic. It says Internal Mic as the input, but records fine from the cable input. I couldn't get my phantom (battery) powered Rode NTG2 working with it, but was able to get my Sony wireless lav mic to work.
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|Rating: (4 out of 10)||Reviewer: Daniel J. Lewis from Philadelphia, PA|
12/23/2014 7:54:15 PM
|Works on Macs, but bad audio quality|
|Yes, this cable works great on modern PCs, including Macs, with only a single headset audio port. I found that the input and output devices had to be connected to this splitter _before_ you connect the splitter to a Mac (at least my Retina MacBook Pro).
However, I quickly discovered that this splitter degrades the audio quality. Audio going through it will sound compressed and tinny. At first, I thought it was because this is essentially a mic port instead of a line in. But I tried a different TRRS splitter and the audio came into the computer flawlessly. With this Monoprice splitter, it's as if the bass gets turned all the way down.
I wish that the splitter had clear icons or some way of distinguishing the two ports.
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|Rating: (1 out of 10)||Reviewer: David Bell from San Jose, CA|
12/23/2014 4:59:07 PM
|Did not work|
|Pros: It looks like a reasonably well made cable (not flimsy)|
Cons: This cable did not work with my Lenovo T430 laptop or with my Samsung 4 phone.
This cable did not work with my Lenovo T430 laptop or with my Samsung 4 phone.
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|Rating: (10 out of 10)||Reviewer: Anonymous from Gambrills, MD|
11/8/2014 8:39:34 PM
|This works fine with Macbook Pro Retina (2014)|
|Pros: Good build quality|
Cons: Would be nice if the inputs were labeled to denote Mic & Headphones. (But follow the instructions on the Monoprice website for this item and you'll get it right)
I purchased this cable to overcome the problem that many complain about with the new MacBook Pro and Air laptops. Apple no longer puts two separate ports on their laptops. The older MacBooks had both a headphone output (1/8") and a separate microphone input (1/8"). The new MacBooks have only a single 1/8" port, that can serve as both a mic input and a headphone output simultaneously.
If you use Apple iPhone-compatible combo earbuds with mic, with your new MacBook, you can plug your four-connector type earbuds into the 1/8" port and OSX will alter the sound preferences automatically to use your earbud mic as the input, and your earbud speakers as the output. If you watch your OSX Sound Preferences Input while you plug your earbuds in, you'll see it automatically change from "Internal Mic" to "External Mic". This is important to making this Monoprice cable work properly.
This cable allows you to use a standard 1/8" audio cable (the three contact type) with your new MacBook to make the single port switch to Mic input mode. You'll still be able to plug your earbuds into this cable's headphone port to hear the sound output of your MacBook at the same time.
The key is to have your external mic or device plugged into the Monoprice cable BEFORE you plug the four connector end of this cable into your MacBook. If you don't do this, OSX will not properly recognize that you've plugged in an external mic (device), and it won't switch the OSX Sound Preference into External Mic mode. If that switch doesn't occur, your MacBook will never see your device as an input (the Internal Mic will still show in Sound Preferences).
I use this cable to record audio from my iPhone to my MacBook. I use a standard 1/8" audio cable with three contacts on each end. I plug one end into the audio port on my iPhone, the other end into this Monoprice TRRS cable's Mic input (large connector). I then plug the Monoprice TRRS four connector plug into the audio port on the MacBook. The OSX Sound Preference changes from Internal Mic to External Mic. I then have audio coming into the MacBook audio port to record as I want. If I want to hear the audio, I can then plug earbuds into the Monoprice TRRS cable's small connector. Either regular three-connector earbuds, or the Apple four-connector ones seem to work for audio out of the Monoprice TRRS cable's headphone port.
I also run Win7 in a Parallel's VM under OSX. Once OSX switches to this External Mic mode, I have no problem getting the audio into the VM as well.
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