Cheap mic solutions

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by MSA, Mar 12, 2001.

  1. MSA

    MSA Guest

    Hi all. First off, this forum rocks, and I'm adding to my newbie knowledge with every thread I read.

    I'm learning to use Cubase VST on my mac at home. I currently have a cheapo desktop mic that I'm using while I practice using vst instruments and some audio snippets to create loop based music.

    [Whoops, somehow my post was truncated. I'll add my question below.]

    I have a regular mic that I want to use as an input on the mac's built-in sound. How do I convert the XLR line down to the mac's 1/8" jack?


  2. Ang1970

    Ang1970 Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2000
    I will try to give you a brief answer.

    Your mac's mic input was configured specifically to pair with el-cheapo computer mic. You might not get as good results out of a more expensive mic (or possibly any signal whatsoever) than the one that came with the mac. It is likely that you could get better results by running a good mic into a good mic pre and then into a line input or soundcard on the mac, but that's going to get much more complicated (and $$$).

    I still recommend posting the question in "Small Steps - a beginner's guide to pro results"

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    Hope that helps.
  3. mark

    mark Guest

    Oh no, don't do that! You'd better say what kind of mic you have; if it's a dynamic mic like an SM57 or SM58 you might be able to pull it off, but if it's a condenser, you'd need phantom power of some sort (unless you had a battery powered mic).
  4. MSA

    MSA Guest

    It's an Audix OM-3xb. I don't think that's a condenser mic.

    Am I best off buying a cheap mixing board, and using the output of the board to input to the mac?
  5. user_gamesound

    user_gamesound Active Member

    Dec 18, 2000

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