What is Speak Mode and Listen Mode on iOS?

If you connect a wired device with audio input (like an external USB microphone via USB-C or headphones via Lightning) to your iPhone or iPad, the Riverside app will ask if you want to use the Wired connection only as an external microphone.


External Microphone – No Headphones

Tap Yes to enable Speak mode/Listen mode if you

  • are using an external microphone
  • but are not using headphones


When Speak Mode is on, you can record audio with the external mic. When Listen Mode is on, the device's speakers will play the Studio's audio.

To toggle between the modes, tap the Mic/Ear button at the bottom of the Studio screen.

To return to standard recording mode and use the built-in mic, disconnect your external mic.

Headphones or External Mic with connected Headphones

In the Wired connection pop-up, tap No if you are using:

  • wired headphones with an in-line mic, or
  • a USB microphone with headphones connected to it

The app will use the connected device for both audio input and audio output.

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