Griffin MicConnect lets your XLR microphone make sweet music on your iPhone or iPad

Let's say you have an amazing XLR mic on your big, beefy studio or home recording rig, but you also have an iPad or iPhone and you really want to get that same XLR quality on your way more mobile recording rig, what do you do? Griffin's answer, shown off at CES 2013, is the XLR MicConnect.

The MicConnect supplies phantom power, thanks to AA batteries, and connects via the 3.5mm headphone jack on your iPad or iPad.

I really like the idea of these kinds of accessories, and being able to get the quality on the go that I'm used to at home. If you use an XLR mic, let me know if you're also interested in trying this out.

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Griffin MicConnect lets your XLR microphone make sweet music on your iPhone or iPad


I use XLR mics but have no interest in this device because it's using the iPhone's analog mic connection, which means the quality of the recorded signal will be limited by the phone's mic preamp, just one step up the signal chain.

I am extremely interested in setting aside time to try one of these out. As an audio engineer myself, I am always interested in reviewing anything mobile..considering mobile is a big part of our lives (humans, not audio engineers). I will gladly write a review, and yes as jimoro says, "the recorded signal will be limited by the phone's preamp."

And may I also add that (i know i know) my car does not have an aux-in, so I use the Monster iCarPlay cassette deck connection. The audio quality from the headphone jack in my iPod classic is extremely superior to the headphone jack of my iPhone 4S. A difference of about 10dB output, with noticeably lower low frequencies hidden from playback through the iPhone.