You control the DJI Mic via the touchscreen display on the receiver, but there are physical buttons, too. Each transmitter features a physical record, link, and power button.
While in the charging case, the receiver’s display shows you the battery life for both transmitters and the receiver, as well as the amount of onboard memory available. Removing the receiver automatically changes the display to show you input gain levels and the signal strength from your transmitters.
Swiping down on the touchscreen’s main display brings you to the upper menu and allows you to dive further into the DJI Mic controls. Here, you can adjust receiver gain, headphone output level, transmitter settings, and display options like LED brightness. You can also select from three recording modes: Mono, Stereo or Ms (mono with safety track).
In mono mode, the audio you record with one or both transmitters will go to one track. In stereo mode, using both transmitters will separate the audio into left and right channels. Lastly, mono with safety offers a valuable feature: the DJI Mic will record a second duplicate audio track (with 6dB less gain applied) as a backup in case you run into distortion or clipping from any unexpected level jumps while recording. Connecting the transmitter via the USB-C port and using your video editing software allows you to access this secondary track for edits.
Unfortunately, this is where some iPhone users are forced to look for an additional third-party adaptor if they want to use all three recording modes. While DJI provides a Lightning adaptor for the receiver, the DJI Mic does not support any two-channel recording for Lightning users. This means no stereo recording and no access to the mono with safety track mode, which is also recorded to a stereo track. While you will find this information in the DJI Mic user manual, this limitation for Lightning users is not mentioned on the product’s webpage. Perhaps DJI will have a software update in the future, but so far, you’re left to the internet message boards to find an appropriate workaround, like buying a Lightning to USB-C adaptor to use these two channel features.
Lastly, swiping up from the main display takes you to the lower menu. The transmitters appear as TX1 and TX2. Here, you’ll find another way to record or mute and the option to format the onboard memory.