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So yeah, I have a Mac Pro, and while I've had no problems hooking up speakers to it, I don't know if it has a microphone input or not(I don't have a mic to test it). Next to the speaker input on the back of my computer, there's a same-sized input with a strange symbol above it that looks like a circle with two arrows/triangles pointing in to it. Is that the mic jack?
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Originally Posted by justpassingthrough View Post
So yeah, I have a Mac Pro, and while I've had no problems hooking up speakers to it, I don't know if it has a microphone input or not(I don't have a mic to test it). Next to the speaker input on the back of my computer, there's a same-sized input with a strange symbol above it that looks like a circle with two arrows/triangles pointing in to it. Is that the mic jack?
That's an arrow pointing inward to signify input, and the other thing is a speaker icon. So, it's probably some kind of a combo jack. I mean, so it's probably a mic jack too.

But, that's as much as I know. I bet I'm wrong.
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post #3 of 60
The input with the circle and 2 arrows is for a mic or other audio in.
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It isn't 2 arrows. It's an arrow on the left, and a speaker icon on the right.
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post #5 of 60
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Well I'm not familiar with some computer symbols. I was just describing what I saw as best I can.

But at any rate, my computer CAN use a mic, correct?
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post #6 of 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by justpassingthrough View Post
Well I'm not familiar with some computer symbols. I was just describing what I saw as best I can.

But at any rate, my computer CAN use a mic, correct?
I'm not either, but I was just looking at it really closely. I mean, I have never seen that before.

Anyway, all I can say is this: try it out and see if it works. Most of my searching tells me that it functions as a mic input.
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post #7 of 60
In system preferences, go to sound and in the output section there should be an option labeled "Use audio port for:." then an option for "Sound Input" or "Sound Output."
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post #8 of 60
Yes, the jack to the left of the audio out jack is an audio in jack and can be used for a microphone.
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post #9 of 60
Typically Apple's "line-in" jack is not amplified, so you will need an external amplifier for your mic.

You're probably already plugging it into the right port but it wont work for a passive mic.
 
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post #10 of 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
It isn't 2 arrows. It's an arrow on the left, and a speaker icon on the right.
Ummm...wrong

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