VP83F with iPhone

FAQ #4740 Updated September 15, 2017

Question:

Will the VP83 work with the iPhone? Do,I need any special cabling? If so where would suggest purchasing said cabling?

Answer:

To use the VP83 with an iPhone requires the use of an adapter cable, such as this one:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1048151-REG/rode_sc4_trs_to_trrs_adaptor.html

Here is the reason: the VP83 output connector is a 3.5 mm  phone plug with three connection points: Tip - Ring - Sleeve.
Tip is the Left mic output; Ring is the Right right mic output; Sleeve is the common return for Left mic and Right mic.

The iPhone input connector is a 3.5 mm phone jack with four connection points: Tip - Ring 1 - Ring 2 - Sleeve.
Tip is Left earphone output; Ring 1 is Right earphone output; Ring 2 is common return for the earphones and the microphone; Sleeve is Mic input.
*Note: the iPhone Mic input is monaural...not stereo.

The VP83 to iPhone adapter must make these "wiring alterations":
VP83 Tip to iPhone Sleeve
VP83 Ring to iPhone Sleeve
VP83 Sleeve to iPhone Ring 2
* Note the adapter sums together the Left mic output and the Right mic output.

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