This guide is for the Bluetooth Microphone which is included in the latest Starter and Discovery Kits.
Contents of this article:
- Pairing the Microphone (for the first time)
- Connecting to the Microphone
- Bluetooth Light & Charging Guide
- Pairing Status Guide
- Battery Level Guide
- Microphone management (not mixing up your microphones)
Pairing the Microphone (for the first time)
1. When pairing for the first time make sure the distance between the device and microphone is less than 1 metre
2. Turn on the microphone by pressing and holding the button for 3 seconds until the indicator light shows a purple light, then release
3. Navigate to your device’s Bluetooth settings menu
4. Turn on Bluetooth and select SmartMic or IRIS Connect Microphone from the list of available Bluetooth devices
5. The device will now show the status as ‘Connected’ on the Bluetooth menu
INFO: Note - iOS (Apple) Devices
If this is the first time you have paired this microphone to your device you will see a pop-up prompting you to install the "SmartMikeSilver" app. Select Ignore as this is not needed. The pop-up won't show again.
Connecting to the Microphone
1. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your device
2. Press and hold the microphone button for 3 seconds to turn the microphone on
3. The microphone will automatically connect and show a blue flash every 5 seconds
4. The device will now show SmartMic or IRIS Connect Microphone as ‘Connected’ on the Bluetooth menu
Bluetooth Mic Light & Charging Guide
When plugged in:
Pairing Status Guide
To check the pairing status you can use:
1) The microphone LEDs (see guide above)
2) The app's microphone icon colour
3) The app's microphone icon status
4) The audio bar on the record screen
Grey means the microphone is not yet paired
Green means the microphone is paired to the device
Red mean the microphone has become disconnected from the device
If you tap the icon you can also see the paired status.
If you click the Rec button and your external microphone is not paired, you will see the following pop-up:
If you don't use an external, bluetooth microphone, you can toggle this feature OFF so you can begin recording without the warning.
You can also check the audio bars on the app. If you tap the microphone you should see the bars respond to your tap.
Battery Level Guide
To check the battery level of the microphone, review the icon on the device it's paired to, which indicates the remaining battery charge.
The icon will only display on some Android devices.
Alternatively, you can tap on the Bluetooth mic icon on the right-hand side of the record screen and the pop-up will tell you the battery level.
Currently, the battery level only shows on Android devices.
Microphone Management (Not mixing up the microphones)
It is important to not mix up the microphones between your kits, to ensure the correct audio gets recorded.
If you have for example 2 Starter Kits or 2 Discovery Kits these microphones will be paired to the recording devices within those kits. If you then mixed up the microphones between those 2 kits there are two concerns:
1) The microphones would need to be paired again to the new kit they are with before they would work.
2) A larger issue is that if you have 2 recordings taking place next door to each other and the microphones have been swapped, then if they are within range of the device they are paired to they will automatically re-pair when turned on. This would lead to a recording with audio from a different room.
The range on the microphones is quite large so this is a real possibility (it has happened at least once that we are aware of). Therefore we strongly recommend labelling your microphones if you have multiple kits to ensure this doesn't happen.