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external microphone with garageband/macbook

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
how do i get my macbook to recognize an external microphone plugged into the 1/8" jack on the side next to the headphone jack?

i went to the sounds control panel but the microphone still wasn't being recognized.
post #2 of 6
i am wondering this very thing.. could someone please respond
post #3 of 6
You need an amplifier. For example, you could plug a stereo's output into the Mac to digitize a cassette tape, but most microphones don't have an amp built-in like the stereo does. You can buy pre-amps from companies like m-audio.
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
i'm just talking about a microphone like for voice-chatting. i realize my macbook has one built-in, but i wanted one with a chord, so i could do the editing and she could just talk and we wouldn't have to pass the macbook back and forth. i was recording her reading a story for her second-graders that i then burned on cd.

one like this: http://www.altechco.com/images/0.jpg
post #5 of 6
Dmber, as already stated by BRussell, the microphone needs to be powered by an amplifier to be recognized--an unpowered one will not be recognized by the line-in port. If you don't want to get the amplifier mentioned above, you can try a USB microphone or use the iMic.
post #6 of 6
Go to GarageBand> Preferences> Audio/MIDI and change the Audio Input to Line-In (or Built-In Input) instead of Built-in Mic
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