How to Use External Mic on iPad: Two Options to Consider

Recording audio on an iPad can be challenging, especially if you want high-quality sound. In this post, we will explore two options you can consider when it comes to recording audio on your iPad.

Option 1: Wireless System – Saramonic Blink 500

The Saramonic Blink 500 is a wireless system that comes with a transmitter and a receiver. You can connect a 3.5-millimeter lav mic to the transmitter, and the receiver can connect to the iPad Pro via USBC, Lightning, or 3.5-millimeter connectors. If you are using the iPad Pro, you can use the USBC connector to connect the receiver.

To start recording, pull down the menu on your iPad, tap and hold, and make sure the microphone is on. You can start recording by pressing the button. The audio quality is decent; however, the audio levels are quite low. You may need to increase the decibels while editing.

Option 2: Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Mic

The Audio-Technica AT2020 is a USB mic. You can connect it to your iPad Pro using a USB C2 to USB type A adapter. This mic is a side-address mic, which means you do not speak directly to the mic. You speak from the side, and you must ensure that you see the blue light, which means it is in front of the mic. The back of the mic has the word “back” to it, so make sure you speak in the correct direction.

To start recording, follow the same steps mentioned in Option 1. The audio quality is better compared to the Saramonic Blink 500. However, you may need to use an arm to hold the mic, so it does not block your tablet.


If you do not need your system to be wireless, we recommend the Audio-Technica AT2020 because it can work with the iPad, and you can use it with your computer as well. If you know of other microphones that can work with the iPad, let us know in the comment section below.

We hope this post was helpful. Thanks for reading!