questions about audio, podcasting, etc

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I'm considering getting into podcasting, and I'd rather do it with my iPhone. I think editing, creating, etc would be easier there. That said, I have an iPhone 8. I see a lot of lightning mics out there, but I have a question. It would appear to me, once I plug in a lightning mic, VO would disappear. Am I wrong? If so, how would I hear, for example, the Shure Motiv app, to make adjustments? Or, even something like backpack studio, which recommends headphones, how would that be heard with such a mic plugged in?Also, what mics are people using that are accessible, blind friendly, etc. I tried to hunt this info down myself, but several google searches later, all I could find is some of these mics are being used, but no idea how. So I apologize if this seems like a stupid question, but please know I didn't just jump on here and ask without giving it a shot to see what I could find out first.




Submitted by Siobhan on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hey Mendy. First, that's awesome you want to try that. Personally I am hard on podcasters. People that just hold their phone up to a mic and think that it comes out good? I don't usually listen all the way through, simply because I would rather it sound a bit more prefessional. I'm thinking that's how you want to go about this, no offense meant by my above comments. I'm think you might need a braille display, only seeing as if Voice over goes away, you know you still are recording. Sorry I'm not more help. I wish you the best of luck.

Submitted by René Jaun on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

All the lightning microphones I‘ve tried so far did come with their very own headphone jack. So you plug in the microphone and then attach your headphone to the microphone‘s jack.
The ones I‘ve tried used non-lightning headphone jacks, so you‘ll need headphones with a 3.5 mm plug.
I‘m not sure if all the microphones do come with a headphone jack though, so better check with the description of the mic you want to buy.
Good Luck!

Submitted by mendi on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Siobhan, I doubt I will be putting up demos of apps and things. All of that would require a mixer for another iOS device. That I do know. That said, I do have a braille display. So you might have solved my lightning mic problem, should a headphone jack not be available.

René I know for sure one of the mics I picked has headphone monitoring, but not sure about the other. So it might be going back, or if the braille display workaround is an option or the lightning and headphone jack converter. We shall see.

And wouldn't you know, I post this and find something on stereo lightning mics now, as it related to my post. Figures, one set of words I didn't try. Oh well.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Thursday, February 7, 2019


I've been podcasting D&D games for a while now which is pretty hard considering you've got a bunch of nerds around a table all shouting... It is as sexy as it sounds. I began by using the Blue Yetty which is an awesome mic including a headphone jack and four patterns including stereo. I mention this one because the stereo is great for recording more environmental sources whilst you can switch back to cardioid for single vocal work.

In theory and with a little patients you can get a very good recording with that. One issue I did face was my iPhone maxing out the input causing it to distort. This is not a problem for spoken word, but environmental sounds with a large range may be an issue.

I switched to Amadeus pro for recording and editing which is really good and very accessible. Finally, to clean up the sound I used Auphonic which is really good though you are limited to only two hours a month on a free subscription.

Let us all know how you get along and feel free to ask any other questions. It's a fun and satisfying thing to do but does have a rather steep learning curve... Or maybe that was just me.