external microphone on an IMac help

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Ericjon1007, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. Ericjon1007 macrumors newbie


    Jul 15, 2019
    I'm doing a YouTube music channel for a friend and I'm having a hard time connecting an external microphone/ camera. I know some Mac headphone jacks work as a microphone Jack as well. I believe this iMac does not. Anyway I was having a real hard time finding a decent audio and Camera set up on this iMac that is cheap enough to do as a favor for somebody if you know what I mean and somebody shed any light on that thank you
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    A USB mic will work, but realize that they have their limitations.
  3. jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
    Does this friend have microphones of her own? How about instruments?

    Something like this -- called an "Audio Interface" allows you to plug a microphone in one channel, a guitar in the other, and mix.

    There are cheaper interfaces, of course, but preamp noise is something you should be aware of.
  4. Ericjon1007 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 15, 2019
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    I'm trying to do an acoustic show on her youtube channel. Her and guitar. She has an IMac. The unit I was using or trying to use was a Zoom Q2HD. I know it works with a PC but the other day i was able to finally get video. No audio. Grrr
  5. jerwin, Jul 16, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2019

    jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
    ah, so you do have a promising microphone.

    have you installed the drivers?

    they should be on this page.

    and if that fails, record to a SD card. Test to see whether its in a usable format first.

    Does the device not show up as a sound input device in the sound preferences panel?
  6. mikehalloran macrumors 68000

    Oct 14, 2018
    The Sillie Con Valley

    For MacOS:
    If using an external microphone, you must output the audio to the internal speakers or the audio interface. This was true in 1989 and hasn't changed.

    You cannot send audio to the headphone/audio out unless it's an old iMac that also has an audio in (like my 2010/2011) — then the mic must connect to that port. Not an issue here.

    Think of the Zoom Q2HD as an audio interface and this makes sense.

    With a USB interface, this is easy. You will have to follow the mfr's instructions so that you can monitor the input for zero latency (USB mics have this built into a headphone jack).

    Looking at the Q2HD manual (what a concept) we see a headphone/line and a USB out.

    You will monitor audio through the Q2HD's headphone out if your intent is to do it in real time.

    I'll let you read the rest of the instructions on how to use it as a web cam. As long as you keep in mind the above, you can do what you want.

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