what's the deal with the MacBook Pro 13" audio in/out?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bleebs, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. bleebs macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2009
    #1
    Hi, I want to buy a 13" MacBook Pro, but I've noticed it only has 1 connection for audio. I'd planned to use the laptop for recording as well, but can I put a minijack mic in there without loss of quality? My iMac does what I want it to do when I use it to record, but has anyone had experience using the new 13" laptop as a recording device?


    The apple site specs say:
    But that's not unambiguous enough before I buy the thing.

    Bottomline: I don't care about not being able to have out and input at the same time, but I am concerned about the input quality.
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

    thegoldenmackid

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2006
    Location:
    dallas, texas
    #2
    I mean, if you are concerned about quality, you would be using an external sound card with 1/4 inch inputs and probably Phantom Power. What are you doing that concerns you?
     
  3. TEG macrumors 604

    TEG

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2002
    Location:
    Langley, Washington
    #3
    The input quality will be the same for any Stereo Mini-Jack Line-In. The 13" does not support optical through the Mini-Jack for Input, where as the 15"/17" do. This is simply due to not having a transceiver inside the jack, only a transmitter. For most applications, it will be adequate, otherwise, you would want to invest in a USB Digital Audio Input.

    TEG
     
  4. theschoning macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2007
    Location:
    london, uk
    #4
    I'm currently looking into the same issue, how to use audio-in and out at the same time - does anyone know where to find a 'break-out' cable for this audio in/out port?

    many thanks,

    jonathan.
     
  5. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2009
    Location:
    USA
    #5
    If you are talking about a splitter (the "break-out" cable), I doubt it would work for in/out at the same time. I think your best bet is an external sound card.;)
     
  6. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2005
    #6
    Now I can't say for sure as I have not looked into it but I am 90% positive that is impossible. The contacts on in the same place for input and output. At best you could have mono in and mono out, but I am sure the laptop does not support that.
     
  7. theschoning macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2007
    Location:
    london, uk
    #7
    well, the port is designed to work with iPhone headphones (stereo headphones & mic at the same time), so why should it not work with a splitter/break-out cable? Just wondered if anyone has seen one offered...

    cheers,

    Jonathan.
     
  8. justit macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2007
    #8
    It's an analog jack, and isn't clean, too much machine noise. USB input is the only way to get get clean input.
     
  9. foiden macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2008
    #9
    I'd go for the USB input, if input sound quality is your concern, like others stated. No direct connection option beats the external boxes (even the small form cheaper USB ones), for sound. On my white Macbook, with the 2 audio ports, I still went for the USB device because I wasn't satisfied with the line-in direct.
     
  10. theschoning macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2007
    Location:
    london, uk
    #10
    thank you, I am aware of usb/firewire audio interfaces for 'proper' recording.

    I'm looking for a way of utilising audio in/out with the macbook pro 13' audio jack simultaneously. the quality of audio (or lack of) is not my concern.

    thanks,

    j.
     
  11. lewis82 macrumors 68000

    lewis82

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2009
    Location:
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
    #11
    There some pretty cheap USB microphones out here. You may want to check for that.
     
  12. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2009
    Location:
    USA
    #12
    If you are talking about a device that splits the audio into 2 channels, then, yes, it works (on my MBP at least)...:)
     
  13. theschoning macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2007
    Location:
    london, uk
    #13
    If see another USB comment, I'll have a tantrum!
     
  14. theschoning macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2007
    Location:
    london, uk
    #14
    2-channels - as in left & right? there is at least one more for the microphone in the jack.

    look at the mini-jack of the iPhone headphones - this plug has 4 connectors (vs 3 for 'normal' stereo jack) and does mic & headphones simultaneously.

    anyhow, I'll just 'make' a break-out cable myself now.... ;)

    j.
     

Share This Page