External microphone MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by willie45, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. willie45 macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2007
    I would like to attach an external microphone to my mid-2012 MacBook Pro retina. However I see that I only have a headphone jack, and this makes the connection problematic.
    Can anyone please tell me how I can use an external microphone with this particular model?
    When I insert are three straight plug my sound preferences only sure internal Mike
    thank you very much for your help.
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
  3. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
  4. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
  5. Celerondon, Jan 20, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2015

    Celerondon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 17, 2013
    Southern Cal
    Get a USB Mic!

    This. I have a Blue Snowball and I am rather fond of it as well. No adapters or USB sound cards are required for these microphones. My Blue mic is neither blue nor icy but it works just fine. The Yeti is a higher quality mic. The Snowball Ice is a less expensive model with a limited feature set. If you shop for Blue mics, be sure that you understand that the Snowball is different than the Snowball Ice!

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  6. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    You can plug a microphone into the headphone jack.
    It just needs to have a TRRS tip (one with four bands instead of the usual three).
    If you have a pair of the official Apple earbuds with microphone built-in you can test this out.
    Or any earbuds with a microphone.
    Go to the Sound panel in System Preferences and click on the input tab.
    Watch the input as you plug in the headphones and it should change from internal mic to external mic.
  7. paolo- macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008

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