13 in Macbook Pro Vocals Audio Recording Microphone Audio In Port

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by muthless, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. muthless macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2010

    I recently upgraded from a Macbook to a 13 in Macbook Pro, and I discovered that the 13 in MBP has a combined audio in/out port. I also recently purchased a Rode NT1a recording microphone which I would like to connect to my MBP (please don't tell me about preamps, I can't afford one right now!). I have an XLR to 1/4 inch and a 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch adapter that I used to connect my mic on my Macbook. I know I can still plug the mic in and use the audio out port as an audio in, but I need to be able to connect my headphones at the same time so that I can record vocals.

    Do I need an adapter that will connect my mic to USB or Firewire? Do you know which is better? Do you know of an adapter that will do this? How about a splitter for the audio in/out? Is the port capable of doing both at the same time?

    I feel silly for not realizing this before I purchased the computer! I guess I just assumed that an upgraded computer would have the same features as the previous model and then some!

    Any suggestions??? :confused:
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    I don't know if this will work, but it's $2 with free shipping.

    Dealextreme is reputable (as in they will definitely ship you stuff and won't steal your money), but the products they sell are cheap, and they shouldn't be expected to work well (or at all). Shipping to the US may take a few weeks.
  4. muthless thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2010
    So, USB or Firewire?

    Thank you for your help! I appreciate the insight!

    I am looking for something that will produce quality audio. Any suggestions on what adapter I should get in terms of quality? Firewire or USB? I would prefer not to spend a ton of money (my google searches came up with some pretty expensive pieces of equipment!). However, I am willing to invest in something that is quality.

    I am trying to record female vocals with a Rode NT1a microphone. The microphone is XLR. I have a monster cable that connects XLR to 1/4 inch and an adapter that connects 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch. I am getting the impression that the audio in port is not the best way to get quality audio. So, I guess that leaves USB or firewire, but I'm not sure what to get! I found a monster cable that connects XLR to USB for $35 - would this be a good option?

    Anyone have experience with this??? :)
  5. tofagerl macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    Any good firewire/usb soundcard, preferably with XLR for you.
  6. mesq macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2010
    You can't just plug a condenser microphone into the Audio In of your PC. Condenser microphones require what is called Phantom Power (48v). You will need a decent budget soundcard with preamps + phantom power. Maybe M-Audio Fast Track Ultra. Anyway whatever you get it must have Phantom Power to operate.

    To reiterate -
    You are going to have to shell out money for a sound card with phantom power, preamps and headphone out.

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