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.
52.96% of the reviewers recommend this productADD YOUR REVIEW
Useless for making phone calls
- Thornhill, ON
- 9/8/2015 8:05:44 PM
Pros: Basically an extension cable, at least it fits with an otterbox on my phone.
Cons: Doesn't work, doesn't seem to allow my mic to work with my phone (Modmic 4.0 muted, and YES THE MUTE IS OFF)
Bought 2 of these for use with my sisters G771J and my iPhone 5 (the original one), and it doesn't work with my iPhone. I tired to make calls, I tried to use voice memos, neither worked.
Haven't had a chance with the G771 to try it with that.
by Monoprice Administrator
My apologies for the issues experienced with PID 601030. If I may ask, when connecting the Modmic, is it plugged into the cable's larger female jack? Do you happen to have headphones/earphones connected to the smaller jack when attempting to use this cable?
I also wanted to mention that this cable will not work with the G771J as it is only designed to work in 3.5mm TRRS ports which are often found on smartphones and tablets. Computers typically have two separate 3.5mm TRS ports (one for headphones, one for a mic) rather than one 3.5mm TRRS port that accepts both. The exception for that would be most Macs. My apologies for the trouble and I hope this helps!
Tech Support Associate
Yes, I had audio coming out of the headphones (A pair of HD25-1 ii), but sound was not going through the mic on either cable.
The G771 has a combo headphone/mic port.
by Monoprice Administrator
Got it, sorry for the confusion. I did not notice that the G771 only had one port on it. Is there any way that we can try the cables with a different headset that has a mic built into it (such as a PC headset)? What about with a different phone or the G771? Please let me know your results from there and I would be happy to assist you further. Thank you very much for your time and patience in troubleshooting with me.
Tech Support Associate
It just works!
- Luis M.,
- Manati, PR
- 8/12/2015 6:44:09 AM
Pros: 1. It works
2. Dirt cheap compared to the iRigs
3. Arrived quickly
Cons: 1. No instructions included - good thing there are some in monoprice's site
I don't understand why there are negative reviews for this simple and useful cable. I'm using mine to record directly from a PA mixer to an iPad2 and it works like a charm. Tried it also in an iPhone 6 plus and it also works. Just plug it to the earphone port, connect a 1/8" cable to the thick plug and it to the mixer (I'm using a RCA adapter also), and voila! you have a recorder. Will highly recommend it.
High pass RC filter inside the mic connector?
- Cumming, GA
- 6/20/2015 11:38:07 AM
Pros: Contains parts that could be used to make a working cable (for DIYers only)
Cons: 1. This cable contains a high pass RC filter inside a mic connector. What??? What kind of audio cable designer came up with such a wonderful idea?
2. Due to No.1, does not work with many regular microphones.
3. It is *not* suppose to have any filters inside. I hope I wasn't unclear.
So my story is short.. I ordered two of these cable (assuming I may need to cut one to make something custom, if the cable did not work for me), Boy was I right.
I was trying to connect a mike to MacBook Pro Retina 2014. None of the microphones I had worked. So I tried to measure connections with a multimeter. The Mic+ signal was open, and did not go anywhere. What? I got curious. Both cables behaved the same so it wasn't a defect I figured.
When I tried to measure resistance across mike's pins, I got 2.1kOhm reading. I just could not get it, but an unplugged cable should not have any measurable (low) resistance anywhere.
So I got the mike's end of the cable (large connector) and cut it open - the large rubber case enclosing a small plug. What I saw blew me away: there was a high pass RC filter inside (a capacitor and a 2.1K resistor). No wonder I could not get any connectivity with a multimeter the circuit did not have a direct connection between pins (well, that's how it was supposed to be, really).
So I got my soldering iron, removed the filter, and soldered the cable directly. Guess what? Suddenly my mike started working!
What an experience... While I may see a very special application for a high pass filter inside the cable, this is definitely not the case.
Monoprice:, if you are reading this, did you even know there was a filter inside? If you did (you'd better did), please update cable description and clearly say so, so people will not be wondering why the cable degrades sound quality or some mikes don't work at all.
Or better yet, remote this filter (I cannot help it, who came up with such an idea??) and let the cable do it's jib. It is not the cable's job to filter a signal, the cable's job is to *preserve* the signal as much as possible.
So all of the previous reviewers were correct: this cable does degrade audio quality (will cut bass at unspecified frequency). Neither this cable will work with many microphones that don't expect any filters (especially with MacBook Pro Retina and regular, unpowered mikes).
by Monoprice Administrator
Thank you for your feedback on PID 601030. Regarding your inquiry about the filter, this cable does not contain a hi-pass filter. There is a circuit, however it has a different (proprietary) function than hi-pass filtering.
If I may ask, do you happen to have your Mac's serial number so that I can look up the exact specs of your Mac? Also, what are the makes and models of the microphones in use here?
Please note that this cable is intended for use with tablets and smartphones. Just to verify, before making changes to the cable, were you able to test the mic and cable with a tablet and/or smartphone? If so, was there any difference in connectivity or audio quality? Please let me know so we can best assist you with this issue. Thank you in advance.
Tech Support Associate
- Burnaby, BC
- 3/31/2015 9:11:21 AM
Unfortunately, this cable seems to be defective. I cannot get it to work at all. I am plugging a non-powered mic (Rode VideoMic Go) with a TRS cable into the Mic end of cable, and then into my iPhone, or iPad, or even iMac... in no situation can I get a signal of any kind.
More details would be appreciated regarding the limitations of this mic: Does it require a powered mic? Does it require only a TS cable to the mic rather than TRS? Or is this simply a defective cable that wasn't tested before sending it out?
by Monoprice Administrator
Thank you for your review and truly sorry to hear about your experience with PID 601030. Regarding your inquiry, you would need a TS cable to connect to the mic, and would also require a powered mic, as your devices cannot provide power to your mic via a 3.5mm output. Please let me know if you need any further assistance. Hope this helps!
experimented with iPhone 4s as portable recorder
- Austin, TX
- 2/3/2015 9:17:48 AM
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.