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how do i do audio line-in on the late 2012 imac 27?

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On the first day, I ordered a new iMac 27" (late 2012)  to replace my mid 2011 iMac. So far my experience has been one of noticing things I'll have to do without. There is no more firewire port, so I had to purchase a thunderbolt to firewire converter to use my 3 external hard drives. I use the other thunderbolt port for my external monitor, so no extra thunderbolt ports. but here's the problem...

 

For the first time ever, this mac doesn't have an audio input jack.

 

I guess now I'll have to record any line-in audio on something like my korg, then import the sound files... I'm not paying hundreds of dollars for an apogee one or some such thing... so are there any reasonably cheap solutions for getting audio in with a regular 1/8" jack?

 

I did read that the mac can get audio through the single 1/8" audio out port if you have an apple headset... so is it just a matter of making up a cable with the correct pinouts? I'd probably go in that direction if it's possible and if the software supports it... please let me know your thoughts...

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.5), iphones, ipods
  • crh24 Level 3 Level 3 (920 points)

    dkliman wrote:

     

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    I did read that the mac can get audio through the single 1/8" audio out port if you have an apple headset... so is it just a matter of making up a cable with the correct pinouts? I'd probably go in that direction if it's possible and if the software supports it... please let me know your thoughts...

    The Apple headset is likely mono--I've never checked but it doesn't make sense otherwise for a Mic.

     

     

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    I guess now I'll have to record any line-in audio on something like my korg, then import the sound files... I'm not paying hundreds of dollars for an apogee one or some such thing... so are there any reasonably cheap solutions for getting audio in with a regular 1/8" jack?

     

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    I've never used it--never needed one before, but I too have ordered a new 27" iMac--and will need a way to get audio into it.  This appears to be reasonably priced and gets decent reviews:

     

    Griffin iMic

     

    It's available for about 1/3rd off at Amazon.

    mid-2010 27&quot; iMac, 16GB DRAM, OS X Mountain Lion, iPad '4'; ATV3; mid 2012 MBA;
  • crh24 Level 3 Level 3 (920 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 10:25 PM (in response to dkliman)

    dkliman wrote:

     

    that was a good idea to look at amazon... thanks! while i was there i noticed the http://www.amazon.com/Syba-SD-CM-UAUD-Adapter-C-Media-Chipset/dp/B001MSS6CS/ref= sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1355117827&sr=8-3&keywords=imic syba sd-cm-uaud usb stereo audio adapter... what do you think of that one?

    As long as mono input is satisfactory it may work for you.  I prefer stereo input so I've ordered the iMic.

     

    I haven't stopped searching as I want a fall-back if the iMic doesn't work out for some unexpected reason...

     

    There are others.  Behringer has one called UCA202 that gets good ratings on Amazon.  I didn't mention it because it is RCA input and you specified 1/8" connectors.

    mid-2010 27&quot; iMac, 16GB DRAM, OS X Mountain Lion, iPad '4'; ATV3; mid 2012 MBA;

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