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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:23 am    Post subject: Audio In Jack and iSight Questions Reply with quote

Hey everybody!
I am getting a Mac Mini 1.42GHz next week. I just noticed though that the Mini has no audio in jack. What's up with that?

I have a few questions about this:
1. Is there a microphone I can get that doesn't require an audio in jack to record with it?

2. If I have an iSight webcam can I use the built-in mic in that to record voices?

3. What program do you use on Mac OS X to record things, such as your voice, with a microphone?

Thanks! I appreciate any input on this matter! Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 4:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Audio In Jack and iSight Questions Reply with quote

1. Yes. Pretty much any USB microphone should work; USB support on a Mac is normally pretty good. I found a really nice one by Macmice here that offers Mac support and looks pretty.

2. Yes.

3. GarageBand
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just discovered a cool thing from Griffin Technology..iMic. Does anyone happen to have one of these? I'd like to know how they work and if their compatibility with Macs are good. Thanks! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 11:49 am    Post subject: GarageBand Reply with quote

I use GarageBand for putting tracks together or recording instruments. When I'm just doing a down and dirty voice over or vocal track, I use Amadeus II, which, in addition to having good recording abilities, can edit and export just about any sound format. You have to make sure that you export at 41,000 khz though, cause that's the only bitrate supported by GarageBand. You can find Amadeus at www.hairersoft.com
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 11:51 am    Post subject: one other thing Reply with quote

I use an M-Audio MobilePre USB audio interface. It has dual XLR inputs and 1/4 " jacks as well. Very cool. The iMic is cool for simple stuff, doesn't have great low-end sound.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies. Smile

Dual G5 Fireman, where can I find out about the M-Audio thing? Do you have a link? Thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:23 pm    Post subject: M-Audio link Reply with quote

Go to www.m-audio.com
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm having trouble finding it on the website. Do you have a more specific link to the product itself on the site? Sorry to be annoying. Razz Thanks for your help. I appreciate it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:34 pm    Post subject: MobilePre USB link Reply with quote

Hey again,
Here it is:
http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/MobilePreUSB-main.html
Good luck. I don't know where the best place to buy one is, I think I got mine at the Apple Store.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice! thanks very much! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey guys,
I found this from M-Audio:
http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/72703/wo/lr4F7yXAU4xo2zg6IvE1C3mkmfR/10.0.0.11.1.0.6.9.3.19.0.1.4.1.1.1.1.0.3

I have a few quick questions about it.
1. Is a 1/8" jack the jack for standard headphones?
2. Is a 1/4" jack the jack you use to connect an electric guitar to it?
3. When they say two 1/4" jacks "balanced" and "unbalanced" what does that mean?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2005 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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3. When they say two 1/4" jacks "balanced" and "unbalanced" what does that mean?


Found this info out: A balanced input is one that has 3 conductors. These conductors are a positive, a negative and a ground. Low impedance (sometimes referred to as a Low-Z mic) is a prime example of this type of input. The most common form of this is a 3 pin XLR jack is what is used to connect this type of mic to a mixer input. Since mic inputs are susceptible to noise, the use of a noise canceling cable and mic capsule is a good way to eliminate it at the source. This type of push-pull design is very much like a humbucking pickup on a guitar. A non-balanced input is a 2 conductor 1/4 input for plugging in higher output sources such as: tape decks, CD players, guitars, etc. Usually these devices have a signal that has already been "pre-amplified" which makes them louder and able to mask or hide noise.

BTW Your link isn't working. Do you have a link to directly to M Audio's site?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2005 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caitlyn wrote:
1. Is a 1/8" jack the jack for standard headphones?


Yes. The 1/8" is the small one; used for both headphones and analog speakers normally, though SPDIF digital output can use this connector also.

Caitlyn wrote:
2. Is a 1/4" jack the jack you use to connect an electric guitar to it?


Yes. The 1/4" jack is the jack that is normally associated with connecting musical instruments to amplifiers and such.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2005 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome. Thank you. Smile
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