Can anyone recommend a simple, cheap, accessible microphone that can be used with the iPad

Hi there,
I was wondering if anyone knew of a simple to use, fully accessible microphone that can be used with my iPad.
It doesn’t need to do anything fancy, just make my voice clearer when I’m making phone calls but it must be completely accessible as I am totally blind, and less than $50.

Thanks for your help.

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#1 Apple headset

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What about an Apple headset. Seems to be pretty much what you are looking for.

#2 Is this for VOIP

Since there's no phone in the iPAD, I'm wondering if you are making VOIP calls. Maybe you need a different service, since the iPAD built-in mic is already pretty good. Over the wired phone system, sometimes called the "circuit switched public telephone network" or PSTN, when you aren't using the internet, the audio is only 8K samples at 8MHZ, so it's low fidelity anyway. If your phone calls are going over the internet, either through Facebook, What's app, Facetime, Skype, or using some Cisco protocol or using Google talk or SIP, then higher quality audio is often used. Try the voice memos app and make some recordings of your mouth close to and far away from the iPAD to determine if the problem is you, or your mic. Maybe the built-in mic is faulty and you could go to an Apple store and get it repaired.

#3 RE: Can anyone recommend a simple, cheap, accessible microphone…

Yes, and I have what I consider the perfect product. It is called Mic Plus, and the company / manufacturer is called Apogee. Apogee is a company that releases professional audio gear, from audio interfaces to microphones. This studio quality condenser microphone has a cardioid polar pattern, and is the absolute must-have for folks who use iPhones and iPads because it is made specifically for them. External phantom power is not required because the iDevice provides the power. The maximum sample rate is 96,000 hertz and maximum word length is 24 bit. The size is surprisingly small, and mass is surprisingly light. It is built like a tank, and its capsule, rectangular in shape, is specific to this model. I wish the entire unit was cylindrical in shape, not half convex and have flat as is [flat on the back side which contains the mount point for the included tripod or any compatible adapter]. The front contains one very tactile dial to adjust gain from 0dB to 46dB[!] which also acts as a mute button when pressed, and a separate rubberised button to adjust what I call pick-up gain for purposes of tracking. There exists a 3.5mm TRS port on the bottom adjacent to the micro USB port to track in real-time with almost no latency. The micro USB port is to connect a micro USB-to-Lightning or micro USB-to-USB-C cable. Obviously, the Lightning cable is what you would use with an iPad or iPhone. This unit does colour sound but not extensively or intolerably so. I hope this helps.

P.S. The Apple Store does sell it, but I recommend finding a vendor who does not charge sales tax.

P.P.S. I just re-read your initial post. When I did so initially, I did not notice the monetary restriction. If you can somehow procure this one, you will be set for life.

#4 Sounds great but I have a few questions

Firstly, how much would you say that one of these microphones costs.
Secondly, how accessible would you say the microphone is, as I mentioned above I am completely blind so it would have to be usable straight out of the box for me.

#5 RE: Sounds great but I have a few questions

Firstly, the retail price is US$249. This can be purchased sans sales tax so be careful where because most online retailers charge sales tax. eBay is a good place to find a discount possibly, but I consulted with my connect at Sweetwater.

Secondly, this is totally accessible. I have as much eyesight as you. Connect the relevant cable to the bottom [there are two cables included – USB-C and Lightning], and connect the other to the iDevice. I was told there is a VU metre on the microphone which would make sense due to the gain adjustment dial, but this can be circumvented if you connect wired headphones to track in real-time. This will make it possible to adjust the gain to your likes as you hear what is recorded. The dial increments and decrements by 2dB from 0 to 46. It does not stop at 0 or 46, and you may not know exactly what level is set. I begin at 0 or 46 then count upwards or downwards with each tactile click I feel. The dial will provide firm tactile feedback when turned.