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New Podcaster question, microphone help

935 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 3, 2005 5:28 AM by donny RSS
Stan Sroka Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Oct 3, 2005 5:28 AM
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
  • Thorzdad Level 2 Level 2 (495 points)
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    Aug 9, 2005 12:22 PM (in response to Stan Sroka)
    I should think any decent USB mic should be enough to get you started.
  • Keith Lines Calculating status...
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    Aug 13, 2005 6:10 AM (in response to Thorzdad)
    Yeah, any USB audio device should be fine as you should be able to select it as an audio inpute within System Prefs.
  • Stephen Ashby Calculating status...
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    Aug 17, 2005 3:41 PM (in response to Stan Sroka)
    I use the MicFlex from MacAlly and it works fantastic. Great audio clarity, as another option for you. It's USB.
  • jamespeabo Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Aug 17, 2005 8:05 PM (in response to Stan Sroka)
    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.
  • Keith Lines Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Aug 18, 2005 12:57 AM (in response to jamespeabo)
    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.
  • jamespeabo Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Aug 18, 2005 5:06 AM (in response to Keith Lines)
    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
  • Keith Lines Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Aug 18, 2005 8:56 AM (in response to jamespeabo)
    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,
    Keith
  • donny Level 6 Level 6 (10,310 points)
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    Oct 3, 2005 5:28 AM (in response to Stan Sroka)
    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.

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