Mac Pro 2013 - No Audio Line In?!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Vic-Viper, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Vic-Viper macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2010
    I've checked every corner of the net, but it seems the new Mac Pro doesn't have an audio line in option. My MacBook has a hybrid port, but this doesn't seem to.

    What are my alternatives? I need audio in.
  2. crjackson2134 macrumors 68040


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    I'm afraid your need some sort of Thunderbolt adaptor or dock like this one
  3. borad macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2013
    Or if you insist on saving lots of money, a USB adaptor ;)
  4. petsounds macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    I assume Apple figured professionals who needed audio capture would be using an external audio interface of some type for high-quality input.
  5. macines macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2013
    i think the headphone intput jack simultaneously serves as an audio microphone input
  6. DPUser macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2012
    That's a headphone output jack, so, not too likely.
  7. SeattleMoose macrumors 68000

    Jul 17, 2009
    Der Wald
    Tons of audio interfaces/Mics out there.

    Cheap - Griffin iMic/USB $40 (A/D supply Mic or audio in)
    Medium - Apogee MiC/USB $199 (Mic and A/D all in one...just plug it in and start recording)
    and they go up from there....
  8. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Well, the "headphone out" port on my 2011 MBP 13" uses a "headphones" glyph and it's a hybrid port you can set for either line-out or line-in. I guess the only real way to find out is to have someone who owns an nMP check his/her System Preferences to see if it's switchable in the same way.
  9. ozbimmer macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Sorry no audio in
  10. Beta Particle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2012
    Apple haven't been including a line-in on their products for years now.
    It's a real problem with their notebooks, as you don't want to be carrying around an external audio interface.
    Even the old plastic MacBooks used to have a line-in jack, which is something the Retina MacBook Pros are lacking.
  11. ytoyoda macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2013
    There's microphone input at "Headphone" port. But it is not like stereo line input.

  12. N19h7m4r3 macrumors 65816


    Dec 15, 2012
    I don't see an issue really, if you're about quality audio you'll most likely get an Audio interface. Why deal with onboard DAC's when you can get something much better for all sorts of price ranges.
  13. riggles macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2013
    This really bugged me too when I got my 2012 iMac. My 2011 MBP had it then, all-of-a-sudden, gone. I know you can buy A/D converters for not too much money, but we hate loosing functionality. Especially if you only use something occasionally. Then it seems like a frustrating waste to buy yet another (if you're a nMP owner) external attachment just to get something done.
  14. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    The CalDigit calls it a "microphone" input, not a line input. So I'm not sure how well it would function for line input. If what's needed is a simple microphone input, just get a USB mic. There are many on the market and most are decent quality.

    I'm waiting for this beast to become available:

    There's still no word on when (if ever) it will ship. But it has two separate audio input jacks.
  15. CouponPages macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2014
    Staten Island, NY
    THANK YOU for posting that!

    While I already have USB audio gear, I also have a MacBook Pro 17" Late 2011, which does not have HDMI or USB 3.0. My work-around was a PCI Express card for the USB 3.0, and putting my external monitor on the end of a chain of Thunderbolt drives... which tied up my last port, preventing me from using a bus-powered Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter.

    Now, I can plug everything into one port, and still have the last Thunderbolt port open whenever I want to swap GoFlex (now called Backup Plus) drives.
  16. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Then how about the Griffen iMic?
  17. antonis macrumors 68000


    Jun 10, 2011
    So, what about users that do casual recording and don't need a dedicated external audio interface ? Is there an adapter or something that won't get in the way too much ?
  18. nathan43082 macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2013
    There are many A/D converters at just about every price range, some which have optical outputs, some S/PDIF and some even have USB connections (which is what you want). This is the one I use in my home studio (usually just me recording). I recommend it only if you want the highest-possibly audio quality with no compromises. I link it here mostly to show off (we all do that here from time to time, right?).

    However, if I just needed a basic usb-ready A/D input for use with a standard XLR-connected microphone, I'd probably choose something like this:

    If I was using a very cheap microphone, one with a 1/8" mini-plug, I'd probably choose something like this:
  19. CH12671 macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2013
    Southern US
    I use the iMic on my 2012 13 inch MacBook pro with great results. We run line level out of a mixer into the iMic and use it for broadcasting. IMic has selectable line our Mic level input. Fwiw, my 2012 MacBook's headphone jack is not an input. But the 15 inch MacBook had a separate input...
  20. Vic-Viper thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2010

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