Macbook External mic not working?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Sarb13, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    HI All,


    I have bought new MAC book and was trying to record something but when i am plugging the external mic its not working.
    i did all setting right by changing pref--sounds and input,...but failed...

    i have also did windows--facing the same problem there too..
    on windows internal mic is not working

    please reply any workaround???

    Thanks,
    Sarb
     
  2. macrumors 6502

    khunsanook

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    Are you plugging the mic into the 1/8 inch jack? The 1/8 jack on a MacBook is a line-in jack not a powered mic-in. To use a mic with the 1/8 inch line-in port you will need a pre-amp or a powered mic. You're better off using a USB mic if you don't have a preamp of some sort.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    USB MIC WORKING GR8 on MACKBOOK

    I have used USB MIC AND ITS WORKING FINE
    THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT

    SARB
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    Macbook External mic not working?

    Macbook External mic on line input socket worked on 10.5, stopped working on 10.6. Microphone itself works on other PCs. Pls help. Tks.
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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    After much futzing around on the net reading so many disinformated posts I finally figured this out. Basically Apple changed the line-in to actual line level, rather than mic level. This has nothing to do with supplying power to the mic as some people have incorrectly stated on the web. Rather its about the signal level coming from the mic not being strong enough. If you run a cable from a line level output such as from an iPod, it will work fine.

    That being said, it seems that this has broken many people's possibility to use a mic headset.

    However, it also turns out that the actual headphone jack on the MacbookPro that I have appears to recognize my iphone headset mic that has stereo+mic on the same jack. Plug that type of headset into the headphone jack on the MBP and then set the input to built-in mic. If the headset is plugged in it will use it, if not it will use the internal mic on the MBP.

    Works like a charm now.

    A USB headset is NOT necessary.

    So the only hiccup is if you have an older headset where the mic and headphones are separate cables, then that won't work on the MBP anymore. You'd have to get some kind of Y cable possibly to make it work. But there are numerous headsets designed for phone use, such as the one supplied with the iphone, that work exactly right with MBP. And those are actually a lot more compact to stash in your laptop bag!

    I rather like this setup more than before, but its not documented well. Tell a friend, there are a lot of frustrated people on the net talking about this problem.
     

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