External Microphone with MBP?

icecone

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Jun 8, 2007
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Can I use an external microphone with the MBP?
there is only line in and line out on it.
Can I use line in and set it to microphone somewhere in system preference?
Does it work?
thanks
(I don't like using internal ones)
 

sammich

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Sep 26, 2006
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Sarcasmville.
Can I use an external microphone with the MBP?
there is only line in and line out on it.
Can I use line in and set it to microphone somewhere in system preference?
Does it work?
thanks
(I don't like using internal ones)
Open up System Preferences > Sound > Input. Select "Line In".

It'll work as long as you have a microphone or an input device plugged in. :eek:
 

gr8tfly

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The line-in jack really does need line-level to work properly. Some microphones might have enough, with the input gain all the way up, but it's not the best solution. Also, many require power, which isn't available.

There are USB mics and headsets available. I'm not familar with any particular make/model, though.

If you want to use a pro microphone, you'll need some sort of interface adapter. At that point, it's probably better to get a compete digital solution like the M-Audio Fast Track Pro. It has XLR inputs (with phantom power), analog and digital (optical) inputs/outputs, and is USB powered (even for phantom power).
 

icecone

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Original poster
Jun 8, 2007
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The line-in jack really does need line-level to work properly. Some microphones might have enough, with the input gain all the way up, but it's not the best solution. Also, many require power, which isn't available.

There are USB mics and headsets available. I'm not familar with any particular make/model, though.

If you want to use a pro microphone, you'll need some sort of interface adapter. At that point, it's probably better to get a compete digital solution like the M-Audio Fast Track Pro. It has XLR inputs (with phantom power), analog and digital (optical) inputs/outputs, and is USB powered (even for phantom power).
Any better method to use a normal cheap external microphone?:confused:
 
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