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Use microphone with G5 PPC Analog Audio Line-In Port

by rcmick64 / February 17, 2010 12:45 AM PST

As noted; I have a G5 PPC operating with OS X 10.5.8.

I am wanting to use a microphone plugged into the Audio Line-In Port on the rear of the computer. Can you offer a suggestion as to what manufacturer and model does a nice job of laying down a voice track (no singing involved). According to the Power Mac G5 Guide this microphone would need to be a "self-powered" mike.

Which leads to a secondary question of why did Apple include a "non-self-powered" mike with the computer?

Thank you

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Self Powered Mic,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 17, 2010 4:53 AM PST

If the mic, that was included with your computer, came from Apple, then it should work.

What makes you think it is a "non-self-powered" mic?

If probably has a longer than usual connector (pin) on it and draws its power from inside the socket.

Did you try it?

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(NT) Personally, I use a USB mic
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 17, 2010 4:54 AM PST
In reply to: Self Powered Mic,
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Mic
by rcmick64 / February 17, 2010 7:04 AM PST

Everything else works but the mic. Even a poor quality Mic that I don't want to use.

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Use a USB Mic
by rcmick64 / February 17, 2010 7:12 AM PST
In reply to: Mic

mrmacfixit

How do they work? Just connect and use?? I want to use this to lay a voice sound track in iMovie and that only offers the "Built in Audio" as a source for this voice over? Does this become another choice or do I need to make some setting changes somewhere?

Is there one you would recommend?

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USB Mic
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 17, 2010 9:04 AM PST
In reply to: Use a USB Mic

I have a Logitech headset with mic.

You just connect it to the USB port and it becomes an option in the sound preference pane.

Quality is very good, for a headset, but there are much better ones out there. Think I paid around $15 for them.

Google for USB microphone or take a look at the Logitec site

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G5 & a microphone
by rcmick64 / February 17, 2010 9:38 AM PST
In reply to: USB Mic

Thank you much. Will look into that.

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USB Mike & Headset
by rcmick64 / February 17, 2010 9:57 AM PST
In reply to: USB Mic

This may get a little stupid sounding but your headset; what is it for? Can the system react both ways (audio in & audio out) through the USB?

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Indeed it can,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 17, 2010 9:00 PM PST
In reply to: USB Mike & Headset

I use the headset for Skype, iChat and on-line Flight Simulation.

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Mike & Headset
by rcmick64 / February 17, 2010 9:44 PM PST
In reply to: Indeed it can,

Didn't realize there were so many reasons for a headset. Looked at Logitech headset and mike on MacConnection, saw about 26 reviews on this item, 20 gave it rave review with 15 making it 5 out 5 star and the others 4 out 5. They used for reasons you sited and some gaming. Guess I need to get out a little more.

Going to order a Logitech later today.

Thanks again.

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(NT) You're Welcome
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 18, 2010 3:24 AM PST
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USB Logitech Mic & Headset
by rcmick64 / February 18, 2010 3:57 AM PST
In reply to: You're Welcome

MRmacfixit

Bought a Logitech Clear Chat Comfort headset and mic and it is sensational. Can't understand what's not to like.

Problem solved. Thanks again.

Bob Moffett

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Always nice to hear from
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 18, 2010 8:38 AM PST

a satisfied customer.

Thank you


Enjoy


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In-Line port not Mic Port
by LinuxRules / February 27, 2011 9:34 PM PST
In reply to: Self Powered Mic,

Ay, I see that you found how Apple stuck it to its customers, once again, you would think a higher priced computer would out shine a M$ machine. The port on the Mac is for in-line (powered sources) only, no 'regular' mic will work. You will need a usb mic or an external mic input via usb.

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