Connecting Microphone

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Jmanp17, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Jmanp17 macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Okay, I have a iMac OS X 10.4.11, and I'm trying to plug in a regular microphone (Only way I can describe it is like a real life rockband mic) and I'm trying to record on Garageband. I bought 2 cords, XLR, which one plugs into the little jack next to where my headphones are, and one that hooks up to the Mic cord. I changed my sound settings to line in on system preferences but still no luck. What do I have to do to get this thing to work?
  2. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    Get a mic preamp with mic-level inputs and line-level outputs.

    XLR is designed for balanced mic-level signals. An XLR to single-ended converter only changes balanced to unbalanced, it doesn't amplify the mic-level to line-level. There are XLR preamps with single-ended line-level outputs.

    Or get a USB device with mic-level inputs.

    All builtin audio input connectors on Macs are line-level, not mic-level.

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