What microphone will work on my MDD?

I have a Dual 867 MDD and have been trying to find a microphone that will work by plugging it in to the Line In jack on the back of the box. Nothing I have bought has worked. Is there something special I need to find? I have tried desktop mics with no luck, and I have bought a mic last night at the Apple Store (a Shure 8900) with a 1/8 inch XLR connector. No luck there, either. It seems there is no mic that works on my machine outside of a USB connection, which I'd rather not use due to quality, but if I have to I will. Any help would be appreciated.
Power Mac Dual 867 MDD, iBook 500, iMac 333   Mac OS X (10.4.5)  

I wish Apple,itself, as well as other Apple/Mac forums would post a standard post about Apple's audio inputs being only a line-in type (audio mixers, tape/CD//video/digital DVD decks, turntables )of signal and not usable for Microphone input.
Apple computers made after the beige line (1997 and later) do not have a microphone input built into them any longer.
Ironic, since Macs are used considerably for recording audio/video and it was a great convenience to have both a line-in and mic level-in inputs.
Not sure why Apple did way with the feature, but is a feature that is still, surely, missed to this day.
If you buy a USB audio adapter, say like a Griffin iMic, you need to use a mic with input jack adapters that will plug in to the iMics 1/8" mic jack.
Headset mics will work, an XLR mic would work if you buy proper jack adapters to plug into the iMics 1/8" mic input jack. These can be found at either Radio Shack or instrument/pro audio music stores
Contrary to your belief, the USB connection will give a cleaner signal/noise ratio than plugging in directly into a jack at the back of a Mac. The reason the signal will be cleaner over USB is that if you plug into an audio jack that isn't of the digital audio input type found on the G5 line, the input jack is not all that well isolated from internal noise and distortions generated from within the Mac,itself.
So, the inputted sound won't be as "clean" as the input will pick up sound/electrical noises/distortions/interference from within the Mac's hardware.
That said, if you want to use a "Pro-level" mic with XLR connectors, you might have to invest in a external digital FW/USB audio input interface box to be able to use any type of Pro/semi-Pro audio equipment.
The interface boxes of my choice would be any made by M-audio.
They aren't cheap, but they are versatile for a lot of differnt types of audio devices and sources.
The plus is that these are digital devices that will generate clean audio over USB/FireWire.

Similar Messages

  • What Monitors WILL work with the Mac-Mini?

    If the new Mac-Mini does not put out analog video and Apple does not state this, what monitors will work with it?

    I was able to get an Apple Studio Display to work via the adapter in the Mac Mini box combined with that huge DVI to ADC adapter they had sold me years ago. In the Apple Store I really had to press them to assure me my display would work as they told me they'd charge me a re-stock fee if I had to bring the Mini back. I pressed the point that Apple should know if a monitor it made works with a computer it made. The rep asked around and we both searched the web and then she was able to confirm it would work. They really need a list of acceptable monitors. If anyone locates such a list, please let us all know!

  • I need to pull a hard drive from a power mac g4 what enclosure will work?

    I need to pull a hard drive from a power mac g4 what enclosure will work?

    You need one that can handle IDE/PATA drives, they're getting hard to find, but it looks like these might work...

  • What NAS will work with Lion

    Anyone know what NAS will work with Lion?  DocFred answered my previous post saying with my LG Nas that there no updates coming soon lol.  So there is no way to map a network drive?
    I took the leap into Apple ........... and I can't do a simple thing as mapping.  PC's can map :>

    Office 2011.
    Also OpenOffice and LibreOffice and NeoOffice can and cost less.

  • What router will work on my 2006 iMac?

    What router will work with my 2006 iMac 10.4.11?

    Agree with a brody. Can't go wrong that way. I used other routers but ended up with a refurb AEBS like this http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC340LL/A and have had no problems.

  • What speakers will work with iPod shuffle 2G, what speakers will work with iPod shuffle 2G

    What speakers will work with iPod shuffle?

    Any speakers that are self-powered (has its own power supply), and connect using standard 1/8-inch "mini-sterio" jack (the same connector on regular headphones).

  • What printers will work with  ipod

    what printer will work with ipod touch?

    For AirPrint printers see:
    iOS: AirPrint 101
    You can also look at the App store since some pring manufacturers have developed apps for specific pringters.
    Ther are also apps like Print Pentral that work with a lot of printers.

  • What printer will work using bluetooth and a android tablet

    what printer will work with bluetooth technolgy and a android tablet

    Here's a link to HP.com website with search results filtered for wireless printers, you can find out more about the different connectivity specifications there
    HP Printers - Wireless
    If my reply helped you, feel free to click on the Kudos button (hover over the "thumbs up").
    If my reply solved your problem please click on the Accepted Solution button so other Forum users may benefit from viewing the post.
    I am an HP employee.

  • What version will work on my kindle fire?

    Will anyone tell me what version will work for my kindle fire?

    Agree with a brody. Can't go wrong that way. I used other routers but ended up with a refurb AEBS like this http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC340LL/A and have had no problems.

  • What apps will work out of wi-fi areas?

    What apps. will work with out wi-fi acess?

    Forgive this obvious answer - but any app that does not need internet access will work.
    Productivity apps like Pages, Numbers, Keynote and Documents to Go are a few examples. Some games can be played without Wi-Fi connections. Photo edting apps, downloaded movies and videos in the Videos App, the Music App, iBooks for downloaded books ....

  • What dongles will work with a macbook OSX 10.6

    I have an old Macbook (2006) 13 inch and I have upgraded to Snow Leopard and the system is running OSX 10.6.8 and I am wondering what dongles will work with my Macbook.  I am moving to a studio that doesn't have an internet connection and I think this is the only way I will be able to connect.

    I just cleaned the drive with a CD Lens cleaning kit, it looked like an ordinary CD but had two small brushes on it, a small amount of ethanol on the brushes, pop it in your superdrive, DVD's are now recognized
    Was just a dirty laser, weird how it wrote CD's and not DVD's though, anyway, problem solved.

  • I have a mac 10.4.11 Tiger and when I tried to use the new version of firefox. It says that it is not compatible. What version will work?

    I am having trouble with some websites, i.e. amazon. It says that it works best with a newer version of safari, firefox, etc.
    I had my hard drive crash so when I had the new one installed I tried to download the newest firefox and found it is not compatible with the mac tiger that I need a newer version leopard +
    How do I download a version that will work?

    Just repeating what it says above: "Firefox 4 and later require at least OS X 10.5".
    I have OS X 10. 5 but I am sticking with Firefox 3.6.24. The last time I upgraded to Firefox 4, I had to wait 5 minutes for every mouse click to execute.

  • Photoshop elements does not seem to work with Windows 8.  What photoshop will work?

    I just bought a computer with windows 8 and tried to install photoshop but it messes up some of my other programs.  What photoshop will will work with Windows 8.

    PSE11 is known to work. You can try it out free for 30 days:

  • What HDD will work for a MacBook Pro 13" 7.1 Unibody HDD Upgrade?

    I am looking at upgrading my HDD and have been reading up on the HDD heights (9mm, 12.5mm etc). Which HDDs will work for my upgrade? I would like to get either a 750GB or 1TB drive. Will the WD Scorpio Blue drives work?
    I currently have the Hitachi 250GB SATA 2 3.0gbps drive.

    Yes, they have an iffy track record.  Do some exploring and research before criticizing.  Even WD has to post a page on their site listing all their products that are known to have compatibility problems with Macs.
    Ironic that OWC sells WD?  Sure, about as ironic as finding food in a supermarket.  The word you wanted was "coincidental."  You have misused "irony." What business did you think OWC was in?  They sell products for Macs, and they don't need to be concerned about honoring the warranties of any product they sell except those exclusively under their name.
    I know quite well what prices New Egg offers.  There are other factors when purchasing products besides price.

  • What keyboard will work with os10.5.8

    Which keyboard will work with os10.8.5, I don't mind if it's wired or wireless? Thanks

    Most any USB keyboard will work with your Mac Mini.
    I have been using a couple of Logitech MK120 - USB Keyboard & Mouse Combo's with iMac's and Mac Mini's for years.
    The key funtions may very (the Command and Option keys are reversed and the Volume up & down keys may or may not work) depending on what keyboard you get.

Maybe you are looking for