External mic input on the rMBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kronosqq, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. kronosqq macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2012
    #1
    Hey, I was wondering whether anybody knows how to get input from an external mic (using the 3.5 mm) on the rMBP. I know that it was possible on the MacBook Air in the past but I can't seem to get it to work on here. Thanks.
     
  2. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

    SnowLeopard2008

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2008
    Location:
    Silicon Valley
  3. wethackrey macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2007
    Location:
    Redondo Beach, California
    #3
    The headphone jack supports an monaural microphone input. Here's the only schematic I could find in a quick search. It shows a breakout adapter which breaks out the microphone input onto a separate phone jack.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. kronosqq thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2012
    #4
    External mic

    Well I know that the port itself is both input and output, the problem is on the software end, nothing I plug in shows up and there doesn't appear to be any way to add inputs.
     
  5. flipnap macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    May 1, 2012
    #5
    what software are you using?
     
  6. kronosqq thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2012
    #6
    Well OS X in general doesn't recognize anything if I plug in a mic generally. Skype is no different, Garage Band doesn't appear to have any options that work for it. And I haven't installed Adobe Audition yet but I wouldn't think it would be any different since it relies on the system audio settings to a certain extent.
     
  7. flipnap macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    May 1, 2012
    #7
    I don't think you can plug a regular mono mic directly into that Jack. for example, on my iPad I need to plug a mic into an adapter that has the specialized for four ring plug and then it works. example, Irig mic, which has a specialized jack for headphones that plugs into the microphone as well, has one of those four ring jacks that needs to be plugged into the iPad. in other words, like I said, I don't think you can just plug in regular microphone into that Jack, I could be wrong but I think this is the case.
     

Share This Page