Use an old video cable to connect your iPhone to a mic


Thanks to dcp for sending in this photo and for suggesting such a simple and straightforward idea. I’m sure I’ve got one of these cables around somewhere …

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  1. Yeah, I've been using the same type of cable and it works good. Your photo is showing it wrong though. The guitar / mic input goes into the yellow “video” cable. Cheers!

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  2. No, sorry, on my cable it's right as i labelled it.

    I checked it with riotFX and the mic input was in the right place worked, connected like you can see on the photo.

    It's possible that the cable's pinout on the 4-pole jack differs from model to model or different brands of the camera though. This cable was taken from the accessories of a sony camera.

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  3. they do differ model to model mine uses the yellow for input and the red and white for output. just note one thing about this great hack and I do mean great as an under 20 dollar hack vs the 200 “tool”.
    any how my point is with this I did notice that if if the input to the ipod come in at certain higher high pitched volumes like that of a guitar it can trigger itunes to start up 😉
    funny surprise I got when I was suddenly playing along to fennesz. I think the 4 ring pin can trigger the same on off switch that the itouch/iphone mic input headphones trigger to turn on and off itunes.
    Any how great hack it is such a great and fun hack I went out and picked up a 20 dollar high quality set of a/v cables to do this with sure beats the 200 dollar options.
    good job for figuring this out, its so simple Im not 100 percent sure why I never tried it myself…
    Neil
    phoniq.net
    vagueterrain.net

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  4. I've made several of these cables (and yes, the inputs can be different for the different brands).
    They work OK but it is advisable to put a variable resistor on the input as some instruments can overload the system.

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