2011 iMac external mic

Discussion in 'iMac' started by SuperMiguel, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. SuperMiguel macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2010
    How can i connect my external mic to my iMac?
  2. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    Via the "Audio in" socket or a USB socket if the mic is so fitted.
  3. davegoody macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2003
    Reading, Berkshire, England
    Or, for better dynamic range, you could use the Griffin iMic

    The iMic allows you to use any microphone you want, but plugs into the Mac via USB. Therefore you have the benefits of a USB Mic, but with the ability to pair it with a Mic of your choice, from a bargain basement £10 mic to a Shure at £300
  4. SuperMiguel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2010
    i try using the audio in socket and didn't work :S is there any setting i should change?
  5. daftpunkstu macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2011
    sure you weren't using the headphone input? it's an easy mistake to make [​IMG], one which i've done several times
  6. fluffyroo macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2008
    Columbia, MO
    Please keep in mind that all Macs have a "Line-In" port and NOT a "Mic" port, the two work mechanically different other than having the same socket as a headphone jack. Line-In is not powered, meaning you'll be able to connect an externally powered Mic to that port via a male-male audio jack. Generally, computers that ship with Windows have "Mic" ports, which offer additional power to a mic that does not have it's own power source. Hope this helps!

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