Microphone for 14 yr old daughter (totally blind) which links to I Phone via app

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I'd like to buy my daughter a microphone for her 14th Birthday. She is totally blind & has told me that one which links to her iPhone would be ideal.

Advice please appreciated on accessible ones please.

As the microphones link to an iPhone via various apps each one supplies, I need to ensure that the app is accessible.

The app needs to be able to have the facility to get the recording into you tube and save / forward to other methods.

Were looking to pay up to £50.00

Any advice as to ones which would be suitable would be appreciated.

Thanks very much



Submitted by Geoff on Sunday, June 14, 2020

The fact that you're looking for an external microphone implies that the internal one is not sufficient for the purpose for which it's going to be used. It's probably good for us to know what this purpose is then, so that something appropriate can be recommended.

Submitted by Princess Dreams on Sunday, June 14, 2020

In reply to by Geoff

My daughter loves singing and uploads them to You Tube, Instagram etc. She also loves blogging and posting them to various sites. She wants a better quality microphone to use than the one built into her I Phone. Especially one which lets her store and upload it easily to the sites.

Weve looked at clip on types which have apps you need to use. But some of the apps only let you save your recording via their own app, whereas for example my daughter said she wants to record in the YouTube app if shes posting to there. I know some microphones let you record to other apps, but some do not.

Shes also worried about accessibility as she needs to use voiceover on her iPhone whilst recording. There is the worry as to how she connects it to her mobile and can use voiceover at the same time.

I do think a clip on microphone would be better for her, however we are open to looking at a small one which isn't clip on.


Submitted by Princess Dreams on Sunday, June 14, 2020

I have seen the Shure MV88 and also the MV5 ones, but not sure how accessible they are

Submitted by TJT 2001 on Sunday, June 14, 2020

I saw a post on Reddit a few weeks ago from a blind person who found that VoiceOver was no not audible after connecting the microphone, probably because iOS thought that the microphone was an audio output device. She would not be able to use the microphone unless she had a braille display to control the device instead of listening to VoiceOver. I don't use microphones, so it may be that only certain microphones stop VoiceOver output, but it's something to be aware of.

Consequently, to be safe, I suggest buying a microphone that she can use with a computer. You should look on forums that discuss audio gear to find a suitable microphone, because the decision about which microphone to purchase should be guided by what she intends to use it for.