I'm looking for the cheapest way to get a stereo mic signal into iPhone 5S

A google search shows a lot of expensive mic solutions using the lighting port

And some say it can't be done without some special circuit

Is it not possible to use an oldschool analogue stereo jack mic somehow?

To record the sound, in stereo, using my own stereo mic with mini-jack

Perhaps with a converter to fit iphone multi-jack standard?


You need something to work with XLR mic's such as TASCAM’s iXZ. Search for "xlr iPhone microphone" to find other's that might fit your needs better.

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  • XLR, why is that? And that's not stereo.. My stereo mic has a mini-jack – mowgli Oct 15 '14 at 22:13
  • It is the the standard connection for microphones and other audio gear. – Lee Joramo Oct 15 '14 at 23:00
  • I'm a musician and old sound tech. XLR is ONE solution (not the only standard), and of course not when talking about small stereo mics. Ok I realize I can't use the jack for stereo input then.. I'll probably go for the Zoom iQ6 then (it's cheap, new and gets good reviews). Thanks – mowgli Oct 16 '14 at 8:40

Well I found out how to get acceptable to very good stereo on the iPhone. First I explain what I use:

  • Fostex AR 101 that comes with 2 directional mini stereo microphone
  • 2 rode Lavalier omnidirectional
  • cables: 2 x 3.5mm male - female TRS cables, two "y" 3.5mm male and 2 female TRS 3.5mm jacks adapter.

Connect the cables male jack into the two microphone jacks of the Fostex AR 101. On the other end of the cable connect the "y" adapter. The "y" adapter has two female 3.5mm jacks, 1 is for the Rode Lavalier and the other you connect the mini directional microphone. So two directional on the chest and the two rode Lavaliers attached to the male cable jack make that you get great stereo sound. You get the sound of the whole area and every word you say will be displayed very clearly.

The Fostex cost prices = +- 150. Euro, the adapters +- 30 euros and the rode Lavalier 170 euro each without Micon 2, 3.5mm adapter. It is claerly, the Lavalier is the high cost. There are cheaper Lavaliers that seem works great but myself do not know the level because I never use Lavaliers from other factory.


I'm not musician, I wanted only stereo using video apps on the iPhone. As I said I do not know the audio results with cheap Lavaliers or battery powered mics. Rode is indeed an expensive Lavalier but it can be cheaper with the Smartlav were is also needed the KVConnection, SC4 or SC3 adapter, just check it out cause I'm right now not able to do so.


It is possible to get low budget stereo in comparing DSLR camera and expensive Rode stereo VideoMic of how call it.

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