iPhone Garageband on iPhone XR: keep built-in mic active when connecting headset

daniszwarc

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Hello, I was searching online and could not find an answer to see if this is actually possible.
I love to use my phone to record song ideas as they come up, using Garageband. I love how the built-in mic captures the music so I record guitar and voice.

When I want to record a second track, I connect my headset to listen to the first track there while I record the second one. However, as soon as I connect the apple provided headset, the input mic switches to the headset mic instead of keeping the built-in one as input.
Quality is way better with the built-in mic.

Anyone knows how to keep using the built-in mic as input even after I connect the headset?

Thank you in advance.
 

retta283

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Is your headset using the 3.5 mm jack? If so, you can possibly do a little trick to disable the mic.

Try wrapping tape around the microphone ring on the connector (closest to the wire) and it should prevent detection as a mic by the device. It'll need to be done efficiently, so it can still fit in the connector. This may or may not work
 

daniszwarc

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Nope, it is the lightning port. But I guess there is no setting on the iPhone itself.
Thank you for your suggestion anyway.
 

retta283

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It seems strange to me that an app such as GarageBand would not include an option to do this. I haven't used iOS version of GarageBand, but I know that on Mac there is a line-in setting that allows choice of mic.
 

daniszwarc

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It seems strange to me that an app such as GarageBand would not include an option to do this. I haven't used iOS version of GarageBand, but I know that on Mac there is a line-in setting that allows choice of mic.
That's what I thought too, but either I couldn't find it or is not possible on the iPhone.
 

Plett

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I hadn't thought of this before, but you are spot on here. I mean they like to tout these devices to creators, it seems to make sense to let you use it as a recording studio, since Garage Band and all that. Maybe someone will have a some better intel.
 
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daniszwarc

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I hadn't thought of this before, but you are spot on here. I mean they like to tout these devices to creators, it seems to make sense to let you use it as a recording studio, since Garage Band and all that. Maybe someone will have a some better intel.
Well the little device is quite powerful and lets you create a quick mockup of your musical ideas with it, so just a simple "select your input" setting option would help big time.