How To Connect A USB Microphone to an iPad When you do it the way I suggest then you don’t have to buy the Wadia 171i which is a bit pricey. You will be able to get digital audio output from your iPad simply by using an iOs cable for the MiC or a camera connection kit, via the USB cable to digital converter. I think you will be quite pleased with the sound quality once everything is connected.
In this post I’m going to demonstrate to you on how easy you can connect a USB microphone to an iPad. I will share with you the tools that you’ll need to successfully have your Apogee USB microphone (or any USB mic) hooked up in no time at all.
Typically, the iPad is used for taking photos, as an iBook reader, managing Facebook and Twitter accounts, listening to music, Skyping and various business applications. However, with the right tools it can also be used to capture great sounding audio.
When you do it the way I suggest then you don’t have to buy the Wadia 171i which is a bit pricey. You will be able to get digital audio output from your iPad simply by using an iOs cable for the MiC or a camera connection kit, via the USB cable to digital converter. I think you will be quite pleased with the sound quality once everything is connected.
Tools you’ll need to make the connection
3 Meter iOS Cable for MiC
Since the iPad doesn’t have a USB port connection you will need the above equipment to get this done. If you choose to use other USB mics such as the Yeti Pro or the Blue Snowball you will need to get the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (pictured below) and connect it to the 30-pin dock connector on the iPad.
iPad Connection Camera Kit
Sometimes when you plug certain microphones straight into the iPad they will not work. You will get a message stating that the USB source is drawing too much power. Thus, the work around would be a powered USB hub like the one pictured below.
You will plug the hub into a power source and then take the USB Out on the hub and plug the camera connection kit straight into the iPad. Next, take your microphone and plug it into the USB hub and this should eliminate the surge of power and you will be all set to go.
However, since I recommend the MiC by Apogee for recording audio into the iPad all you’ll need is iOS cable and that will connect directly from the microphone into the iPad’s 30 pin connector with no additional equipment needed.
I’ve already done a review on the Apogee MiC so you know how much I really love this product. It’s great for recording voice overs, musical instruments as well as podcasting. The MiC itself is so portable and you will be blown away when you hear the pristine sound quality produced by the PureDIGITAL connection on your iPad.
Once you connect your microphone to the iPad nothing happens on the unit itself but it does take over the microphone functions of your iPad. Normally when you’re recording any audio on the iPad it will use the onboard microphone. (see picture below).
But once you have your USB mic connected it becomes the audio source. The iPad also doesn’t come with an app that records audio but you can get a free one from the app store. The Audio Memos Voice Recorder is a good one to download.
Launch your application and perform a test first using the MiC by Apogee and then disconnect the USB mic and run another test using your built-in iPad microphone and compare the difference in audio quality.(enough sa