no imic?.. wow

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by drewsteadham, Dec 31, 2005.

  1. drewsteadham macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2005
    wanted to put my record collection on my imac g5 (isight). told i didn't need to buy imic, just a dual rca phono to 1/8" stereo cord and some easily downloadable software. seems pretty straight forward but yeah... the synapses aren't firing... help? instructions? tips? damn yeah. anyone done this? which software...etc.
  2. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA

  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    If you already have QuickTime Pro, or your Mac came with GarageBand or Sound Studio, you can record with any of those. Another popular free recording program is Audacity.
  4. stevep macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2004
    The latest G5 iMac has:
    Built-in stereo speakers, built-in microphone, headphone/optical digital audio output, audio line in to quote from the specs on the Apple web site. That means you should be able to connect from your amplifier (not direct from your record deck) to your line-in socket with the lead you suggest (dual phono to 3.5mm jack) which you can buy in any audio store.
    I've only used Audacity to record with, and it seems like a good little program.
    Set the input in System preferences > Sound. Use Audacity to set the level as high as possible without going into the red so you get the best signal to noise ratio. Save the file as AIFF format, (Audacity will allow you to split a compete LP into tracks if you insert markers into the waveform) and then import it into iTunes in the format you want (mp3 or whatever). Then delete or archive the AIFF files to save your hard drive space. You will need about 1Gb of disc space for one LP when recording. You also need time - it's a lengthy process to do it properly.

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