Record through your MacBook's headphone jack
CNET's Donald Bell shows how to switch the headphone jack on a 13-inch MacBook Pro into an audio recording input suitable for stereo recording, instruments, or microphones.
All of Apple's computers feature a headphone jack or sound output of some kind, but only a few of them offer a recording input. The
So what's an audio geek to do (aside from invest in a decent USB sound card)?
Well, in the case of the
To make the switch happen, go into your system preferences and select the control panel for Sound. At the bottom of the window, you'll see a drop-down menu for "Use audio port for." Switch it up, adjust the input level slider above it, and you're all set.
Another quick way to set this is to hold down the Option key while clicking on the volume slider on the desktop's menu bar. You'll get instant access to your audio port settings.