No microphone volume on line-in with known-good mic...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lamina, Jun 3, 2007.

  1. lamina macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    Yes, I set the input level. My internal mic works... I wonder what the deal is...
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    A microphone does not produce a line level signal. If you are plugging into a Mac with a line-in, you will need a preamp of some description to boost the mic's signal to line-level voltages.

    Put the Mic through a mixer, or a stand-alone preamp, or get an alternate interface like a Griffin iMic or a firewire or USB digital audio interface.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    I'd use a USB mic or get an amplifier like CanadaRAM suggested.

    I've had go results using USB sound car...boxes. I have a Creative one before they crippled it and it has so many in/output options. (Optical, line, and composite.)
     
  4. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    Thanks for the quick replies.

    I will pick up a USB headset tomorrow, hopefully I won't get gouged too much... friggin Best Buy.
     

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