2016 MBP, use 3.5mm jack as input?

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  1. iVikD macrumors regular

    iVikD

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    Hello all,

    I've had my new 15'' MBP for a couple of weeks now, and I love it. I'm coming from a 2011, 15'' MBP that had two 3.5mm jacks: one for input, one for output. I would sometimes plug my guitar into the input using a 1/4 to 1/8 adapter and record using Garage Band or Logic Pro. Now, the 2016 models only have one jack, does anyone know if it also works as an input?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. DeltaMac macrumors 604

    DeltaMac

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    Try a headset (headphone/microphone set) with the 4 conductor mini-plug - like one from an iPhone 6S or older. Plug that in to the audio jack, then check in the Sound pref pane to see if a new audio input shows up.

    If not, you will likely need an external USB sound card.
     
  4. iVikD thread starter macrumors regular

    iVikD

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    Yeah when I plug in a headset with microphone, the input switches to "External Microphone - Microphone port". I guess I'll have to plug in my guitar and find out if it works as well.
     
  5. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    You would just need the right connector, as the headset connector has an extra ring for the mic connection.
     

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