8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 3, 2005 5:28 AM by donny
Stan Sroka Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
What do i need to hook up my microphine to the computer. Is iMic worth it. Will the Griffin Talk Mic connector for garage band work even if i'm using AUDACITY. Please help
  • 1. RE: New Podcaster question, microphone help
    Thorzdad Level 2 Level 2 (495 points)
    I should think any decent USB mic should be enough to get you started.
  • 2. RE: New Podcaster question, microphone help
    Keith Lines Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    Yeah, any USB audio device should be fine as you should be able to select it as an audio inpute within System Prefs.
  • 3. RE: New Podcaster question, microphone help
    Stephen Ashby Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I use the MicFlex from MacAlly and it works fantastic. Great audio clarity, as another option for you. It's USB.
  • 4. RE: New Podcaster question, microphone help
    jamespeabo Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    I have a Sony Electronic Condenser Stereo Microphone ECM-MS907 and I run it through a Sony Portable MiniDisc Recorder MZ-R700/R700DPC. I tried to run my microphone directly into my computer but the response was very muted; the volume was far to low. Maybe some microphones, as I suspect mine is, are specifically made for use with small portable units. I also have to use headphones if I run the microphone through the computer (to prevent feedback), but when I run the microphone into the MiniDisc (with Record and *Pause on*) and a line out of the MiniDisc into the Computer Audio In port, I get a very good volume response and no feed back and no headphones.
  • 5. RE: New Podcaster question, microphone help
    Keith Lines Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    Firstly, condenser mics require power to work, so do you put batteries in the actual mic? If not, then your Minidisk recorder must be phantom powering the mic, which the audio input on the Mac is not equipped to do. That would explain your low signal level.

    You can buy mic pre-amps to provide phantom power, but I doubt you'll find one with a minijack socket for I suspect your mic.

    Check also your Sound input settings in Sys Prefs to ensure the mic level is reasonably high, though this won't provide enough gain to boost a condenser mic to useable levels.

    Regards to feedback, think about your mic position when you try the computer or the MD. Just a slight shift in position can be enough to cause or stop feedback, though I'd always suggest you record while monitoring through headphones.
  • 6. RE: New Podcaster question, microphone help
    jamespeabo Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    Yes I do put a battery in my mic and no my MiniDisk is not phantom powering the mic. Without headphones this mic will only feedback if you run it directly through the Audio-line in port; and the sound levels are UNACCEPTABLY low.

    I know the sound systems preferences and they do not have the ability to boost the volume anywhere near sufficient level, even at max. Sometimes with my recordings I like a little background music - for "feel". When I don't, I just slide the Alert volume to zero and uncheck "Play user interface sound effects" and uncheck "Play feedback when volume keys are pressed" - Systems Sound Preferences under the Sound Effects tab.

    The mic works well to the purpose it was designed - operating with small portable media. This mic was made to be used "in the field" "on the fly", but by running the mic through the MiniDisk " paused on Record", I don't need to buy any additional equipment as it makes a very clear and full vocal recording:)

    For casual recording/podcasting I don't like to wear headphones; I listen to my iTunes and I talk. I generally don't like wearing headphones;) though for tech recording they are a great monitoring aid if you don't have a partitioned studio. I sugest my situation for practicle experiance that it represents - it works. If you would like to see my podcast setup look at my second post here: jamespeabo, "I am using Feeder 1.2 to publish my Podcast to iTunes", 06:58pm Aug 17, 2005 CDT
  • 7. RE: New Podcaster question, microphone help
    Keith Lines Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    Whew! Just trying to help James!

    I don't know if your post was to help with Stan's original problem (which was how to connect his mic to his iMac) or highlighting your own. Although it would seem by your response you have a working set-up. If this is not so, can I suggest a new thread if you're still having trouble with mic gain?

    Best wishes,
  • 8. RE: New Podcaster question, microphone help
    donny Level 6 Level 6 (10,310 points)
    IMIC is great. I have it and it is well worth the money. On another note, it will let you connect a cassette deck to your computer and record those old tapes.