OSX support for iMic...

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by kiwi_the_iwik, Aug 7, 2002.

  1. kiwi_the_iwik macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2001
    London, UK
    This goes a bit further than the iMic support thing, actually...

    Recently, I bought a Griffin iMic to go with my Cube (no audio in or out - gee, thanks, Apple...). I thought I'd use it primarily to feed audio from the Eskape Labs' MyTV unit, connected to the Digital Satellite decoder, so I can be lazy and watch the TV in bed (Ha!).

    Now that Eskape Labs have put out OSX drivers (although they're not quite polished yet), I expected the iMic to fit in well. In OS9, the two get along flawlessly, giving nice, full-screen pictures and clear sound - after, of course, I changed the iMic over from it's default setting of Mic Level to Line Level, using the control panel downloaded from the Griffin website - www.griffintechnologies.com

    Alas, there is no such luck with OSX - unless, of course, I'm missing out a step. So far, there's been no reply from Eskape Labs, and no mention of the problem on the Griffin site.

    So - who can help to offer me a solution, or even shed some light as to whether the iMic drivers actually exist for OSX?

    For the record, I've got a G4 450Mhz Cube, 768Mb Ram, 20Gb HD, 15" LCD Monitor, HK Soundsticks/iSub, Griffin 4-port USB hub, Griffin iMic, Eskape Labs MyTV USB tuner (and a partridge in a pear tree...).

    Thanks, folks. Any input will be much appreciated.

  2. King Cobra macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    I have the iMic to go with my Cambridge Soundworks system. Let me start off with the fact that this has worked PERFECT on OS X for me, so I don't see why it wouldn't work for anything else.

    First, probably the most common error: The switch on the iMic is reversed. So, when you have the tab sticking out towards the sound icon, the microphone works. Switch it to the microphone to get sound output. [Wierd, I know... :rolleyes:]

    Second, I noticed you have a hub. Do you have the speakers hooked up to the iMic to the USB hub? If so, try hooking the speakers up...directly to the Cube.

    Third, I NEVER had to download a control panel for the iMic. The thing came ready to work. You shouldn't need one for OS X.

    Are you using the latest version of OS X? If not, try upgrading to 10.1.5 and give this a shot.
  3. kiwi_the_iwik thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2001
    London, UK
    G'day King...

    Yeah - all of the above have been tried.

    I tested the Line-in audio level with iMovie2's audio meter - it's peaking wildly and distorting in OSX - but PERFECT in OS9. Odd...

    I'm using OS X.1.5, so everything should be theoretically up-to-date. I knew about the switch-thing - I think I need to find a program that can work as an audio "pad" for me - something like a 40db drop should be fine. Otherwise, I'm screwed.

    Somehow, I can't help but think that this is all due to bad OSX drivers for MyTV. I haven't tried it with any other audio at line level (although, I'll give that a go with my portable cd player later, and let you know. That'll at least narrow down the problem...).

    Cheers, mate. ;)

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