How good is my built in mic?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by maccauni, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. maccauni macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2009
    Ive got to produce an audio report for a Uni assignment. We have Edirol R-09 digital voice recorders (£290 Dictaphone!) that we can book out. But before i travel in to get one i was curious how good the inbuilt microphone is on my Aluminum Macbook? It would be much easier for me to do this than book out the dictaphone.

    So does the mic in the alu macbook perform well? ive done a couple test recordings and they seem pretty good, but my ears are rubbish.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. deej999 macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2009
    I've not tried the aluminum mb mic, but it should be much inferior to the edirol R-09. I borrowed a Microtrack II from a friend. Much better than my built-in mic on my macbook. What app are you using to record your voice?

    If I had a choice I'd go for the r-09.

  3. maccauni thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2009
    Il be using Adobe Soundbooth. Yeah i imagined it was going to much inferior, im hoping that the quality difference wont be vast.
  4. deej999 macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2009
    I don't know Soundbooth. Maybe there are voice enhancer plugins, denoisers?
    I can't imagine the cheap mic in a mb would stand up to a £250 Edirol...
    Why don't you use the edirol?

  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Depends on how you define "quality". I'd rate the built-in mic right up there with the mic in your cell phone. You can expect uderstandable speech and not much more.

    If you were to walk into our local Guitar Center and ask them for "the cheapest Mic in the Store", they point you ae the Sure PG48 for about $40.
    Even that would be dramatically better, night and night, difference from the built-in mic. But then that mic will not directly plug into your computer. You need to spend more $$$ for an audio interface, The minimum budget for a decent setup might be about $150. So you have to decide yourself what you need.

    The built-in mic is at the bottom of the audio quality spectrum. It's about the difference between a cell phone and a CD player
  6. maccauni thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2009
    thanks for the input everyone. Im not going to waste my time then and try and record using the built in mic. Just got to go travel 44 miles to go get the edirol thats at uni.

    Thanks again!

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