record sound on a Mac

Ken Norris (dialup) pixelbird at
Thu May 9 02:24:01 EDT 2002

on 5/8/02 10:47 PM, Rick Harrison at harrison at wrote:

> Hi there,
> Has anyone successfully been able to get the record sound function
> to work properly on the Mac?
Of course. No problem.
> I can't seem to get it to work.  The file is created but there is
> no sound in it at all.
First, open the Monitors & Sound control panel, click open the Sound section
and choose the Sound Input you want to use. For example: in my PowerBook OS
8.6, the pulldown menu shows "Internal Microphone", "Expansion Bay" (usually
the CD ROM), or "Line In" (the Line-In miniplug stereo jack in the rear of
the computer).

Note: If you wish to record from an external microphone, you need a
line-level preamp between it and the jack on the computer. They make small
ones for just that purpose. I'll locate one if you wish, but another way to
go is to use your stereo system, if it has a genuine microphone input jack.
Get a stereo cable adapter at Radio Shack (or wherever) so you have RCA
jacks on the stereo system end, and a stereo miniplug on the computer end.
Connect the cable from the stereo system Line-Out to the computer Line-In
and plug your mike into your stereo system. Make sure you've chosen Line In
from the control panel as noted in the first paragraph.

You are now ready to record with an external mike.

Anything else?

Best regards,
Ken N.

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