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I need to attach an external microphone to my phone. Can I do this via the 3.5mm jack on my Samsung Galaxy S4? What kind of microphone would it be?

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I found this 3.5mm jack noise-reducing microphone on YouTube: Galaxy Samsung S4 External Mic for mobile phone and here is the mic quoted on eBay. I plan to test it and return some feedback here. I hope it will serve me well enough for the footage I need to create - some homemade lectures.

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You can do that, but you'll need an adapter: the 3.5 mm jack on the phone is for a headset (with earphones and a mic), so it's not made to take a standard mic input. You need to find an adapter that's for plugging a microphone into Samsung phones. It might be tricky to find, but they're inexpensive.

Once you have the adapter, any microphone with a 3.5 mm connector will do. Stage mics requiring XLR and 12 V "phantom power" won't work: you'd need an extra device to supply power to the mic, such as a mixing desk with a 3.5 mm output.

  • I don't need a stage mic, but any mic that can clear noise very well. I prefer it to be standalone, is this possible? – Mateva Aug 6 '14 at 10:45
  • As I say, any mic with a 3.5 mm connector will do. I can't recommend a particular one to you: that's way outside the scope of the site. – Dan Hulme Aug 6 '14 at 10:54

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