Mac Mini Mic

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by brendu, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    so i bought my grandfather a basic $10 computer microphone from CVS recently so that he could talk to me through iChat when i remotely control his computer... set it up and the mac recognizes the microphone is plugged in, but it does not work. I have it set in system pref's. for the external mic, since the mini does not have an internal one...

    not sure why its not working, does the mini require a powered (USB or Outlet) microphone? if so, any reccomendations for a good CHEAP one?
  2. mjgunn macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2006
  3. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    Line in, not Mic in

    The Mini does not have a microphone input. It has a line input. If you are going to use a microphone with a line-level input, you will need a pre-amp to bring the low level microphone signal up to line level.

    As an alternative, you can use a USB microphone, or a USB preamp.


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