House parties or a small get together, we all need some music to lighten up the mood and thanks to our smartphones and speakers, things are taken care of quite easily. Bluetooth or aux cables, our phones clubbed with some nice local or online playlists is enough to entertain the guests for hours. But while you are addressing your guests or even playing a game of Tambola, do you have to shout just to make yourself audible?
Well, today I am going to talk about some awesome apps that will give your larynx some rest in such situations and at the same time make you look cooler. I am going to talk about a few apps using which you can turn your Android phone into a mic and make yourself heard from the speakers you have.
First of all, we will have a look at how to get that done for Bluetooth speakers and then check out for the ones that use aux cables.
Real-time Mic For Bluetooth Speakers
Let’s check out the two apps that work when you have connected a Bluetooth speaker to your Android phone. But before that, you must remember that due to system limitations, the sound from the speaker will be delayed by a fraction of seconds. If you can live with that you can continue or jump straight to the part where I talk about the app that works with an aux cable.
Mic to Speaker
Mic to Speaker is a very simple app and does what the name suggests. To be frank, there’s nothing to talk about this app. You fire it up and just have two elements to deal with. The slider controls the volume output from the speakers and the Talk Off/On button is what you should press to activate or deactivate the mic. That’s about it. There’s nothing else in the app.
Microphone by Wonder Grace
There are a lot of apps available by that name so make sure you download Microphone by Wonder Grace developers. The app is a simple mic to speaker routing application but you can control almost all the aspects, using it. First of all, you can control the gain, volume and even the equalizer of the output. It can be tough to get the ideal values at first and you might even hear an echo while using the app, but you will get there eventually.
The app also supports widgets which makes it easier to use and mutes itself when you are getting a call or when some media is playing making it perfect for your parties. The only thing is that the app hasn’t been updated in a while. But we all know, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
The One That Works with Aux Cables
If you are not that comfortable with Bluetooth, you can use a cable and get your voice amplified from the speakers in real-time.
PaMic – Bluetooth PA system
Once you have wired your phone to the speakers and the app PaMic app is running, you are good to go. Just tap on the mic and when it turns blue, start talking. The top two sliders are for the gain and the master volume and can help you to reduce noise and echo. The app also works with Bluetooth speakers.
The only thing to remember is that the aux cable should be long enough as the speaker and the mic can cause a feedback loop and you really don’t want that in a party.
So yes. That was how you can use your Android phone as a real-time mic. Well, they might not be great for Karaoke night for which you will have to invest some money. But then this will definitely get you through a game of Tambola.