Sony minidisk microphone with Powerbook

whitecloud1

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I use a small Sony microphone which works perfectly with a Sony minidisk recorder. However, it doesn't seem strong enough when recording into my 12" powerbook. It works but the wav files are quite weak - not as strong as when i use the built-in microphone.

Does it need a different microphone or should I consider a Griffin audio adaptor or Powerwave?

John
 

ziess

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Have you turned up the input gain in the 'Sound' pane in System Preferences?
What application are you recording the sound with. You should be able to normalise (ie. make louder) once it's in your computer.
 

Satcomer

In Geostationary Orbit
Please do a search before you post because I say this at least 2 times a month to posters. Modern Macs DO NOT HAVE A MICROPHONE PORT! If you read your manual it would have told you the port is an Audio-In port. To make a long story short, if the input signal does not power itself, the device will not work. This is done for the music professionals in the MacWorld because if it was a microphone port, audio noise would be on every audio import to the Mac. So to use a microphone you need to have a self powered one (with it's own power). You could use a USB powered microphone or use a device like this along with your unpowered microphone.
 

whitecloud1

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Thank you both for the helpful replies. I an now aware that "audio-in" is not the same as "microphone-in". I also turned up the volume in Sound input in System Preferences. This helps but I would like a fuller sound quality.

My Sony mic (ECM-MS907) uses a small AA battery which gives enough power when recording to a minidisk player. I can then save and burn the tracks as pure WAV files to a CD. I wondered if I could also record straight to the Powerbook as WAV files.

I looked at the Griffin iMic and PowerWave on the Griffin website and both seem impressive.

One reviewer says that the iMic will improve recorded volume and quality when using this Sony mic. Some reviews seen to imply (indirectly) that the sound is good but could be better (not of professional quality but good enough)?

The PowerWave acts as an external soundcard and amplifier so it seems to be an excellent product. Incidentally, I just tried a USB creative SoundBlaster suitable for laptops which I have been using on my PC and it gave a better input volume when recording to the Powerbook. If the Powerwave can add more gain or an even better sound than this, it will be worth getting. (It also powers Apple-pro speakers but I just bought an iFire for this purpose.)

I sent an email to the Griffin support to see which one they recommend.

Thanks again.

JB
 
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