Pop / Click Sound when audio input (mic / irig) plugged into iPad2

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by dalerussell, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. dalerussell macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2012
    Hey all - long post - thanks for your patience.

    Details: iPad 2 16gb 3g + wifi, iOS 5.0.1

    So I've invested quite a substantial amount of money to try and put together a mobile demo studio but I'm having an issue with a faint click or pop noise when I plug an input device into the headphone jack. The noise is pretty regular - every 30 secs or so - and it is noticeable with the volume turned up. It even shows up in the VU meter in each of the audio recording apps I have so it's loud enough to be annoying.

    I've tested with multiple input devices: irig mic, ampkit link, iPhone earbuds w/ built-in mic. At first I though it was the irig mic so I returned to the store and tested 3 others - same issue - so not likely an issue with the mic.

    Tested in GarageBand, vocalive, irig recorder - I hear the click whether monitoring or recording - with no extra audio processing or effects so I know it's not a processing power issue.

    After all these tests I started suspecting my iPad2 so I tried it on our work ipad2 (also a 3g model) - same click noise.

    I asked my brother to test separately with his irig mic first, then with a pair of iPhone earbuds (w/mic input) - no pop - perfectly clear on his iPad2 64gb wifi.

    I'm beginning to think it has something to do with the 3g circuitry but I've tested with my iPhone 4s - perfectly clear audio input. I've also put it on airplane mode and the issue persists.

    My question - can someone take a sec to test their iPhone earbuds w/ mic (or any other input device that plugs into the headphone jack) into an audio program where you can monitor the input, turn up the volume 80%+ and listen for clicks over a minute or two.

    I need to know whether I should be returning my iPad or living with imperfect audio input. :(
  2. dalerussell, Jan 7, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2012

    dalerussell thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2012
    I have talked to Apple on the phone and they have issued a replacement for my *brand new* iPad though I'm scared it won't solve the problem (I've tested and got the same pop on another 3g enabled ipad2).

    I figured I would make a short recording of the issue that I'm having so that I could explain a bit better.

    I recorded 45 seconds or so and uploaded to Soundcloud:


    Let me know your thoughts. This isn't unique to the irig mic - i have the same issue with any type of audio input device (iPhone earbuds w/ built-in mic, ampkit link, etc.)

    It's not loud but it's there and annoying enough to ruin the fadeout in a recording I did earlier this week.
  3. charleesatch macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2013
    Any solutions?

    Hi mate.
    Have an iPad2 3G 16 GB and I'm becoming crazy beacuse of that nasty clicking noise.
    I algo have returned my iRig to the store but the new one has the same noise, appearing aproximately with a a similar frequency in time.
    I readed a solution for the iPhone that stated to turn it into airplane mode but i doesn't work in the iPad.
    So I'm running out of ideas.
    I was wondering to try it in other iPad but as I fear, you say the problem persist.
    Did you find any solution for this issue?
    Is really annoying to record with so poor quality.
    Other question, did you tried a Dock based recording device such as that from Apogee, or the brand new HD from IK Multimedia? Does the noise persist or is only a problem of the jack I/O?

    Thank you un advance

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