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Vince Halushka January 18th, 2008 02:36 PM

Mic to Mac??
What exactly do I need? I bought a really good mic, cables and connectors but i get no audio to the mac. I try my cheapo USB mic and it works fine, just sounds terrible.
What type of pre-amp does a guy need and what exact parts, cables etc?


Jason Boyette January 18th, 2008 02:41 PM

I'm a big fan of the Presonus Firepod...but they're a little costly, around $400...but that one has 8 inputs. I believe they make smaller cheaper ones,

Try this


dang, that one is $300, but it should put you on the right track for what you are looking for

Hope this helps

Vince Halushka January 18th, 2008 03:33 PM

Am I also going to need a mixing board.??
I am trying to set up a system for adding narration to a video.
Anyone have a pic a system they could share.

Rohan Dadswell January 18th, 2008 03:49 PM

If you just want to add one mic into your mac for VO try the USB Mic Mate (www.mxl-usb.com) it's under us$80 & has 48v phantom power. Mixing can be done in your editing ap (FCP ?)

Jason Boyette January 18th, 2008 03:50 PM

No mixing board necessary. The firebox has levels you set on it, and you can monitor it via headphone or through your mac's speakers

Sorry I don't have a picture available
Mic...firebox....firewire 400 cable...Mac

If you have Final Cut Studio you can use Soundtrack Pro and get great sound quaility!

Vince Halushka January 18th, 2008 03:58 PM

Thanks guys.
i tried a usb mic, but found I had to have it at 150% to get any sound and the quality was poor. I bought a good xlr mic that works perfect with my XL1s or XH A1 and want to get it set up for desktop narration.
I waiting to hear back on which model they reccomend.

now that i looked at the site you posted that is not anywhere near the usb mic I tried..that looks like a nice stand alone unit.

Guy Cochran January 18th, 2008 04:34 PM

The Presonus Inspire is fairly inexpensive and works well. It used to be bundled in the RODE to Recording system. If you'd like to hear a sample watch


Now, I'd probably suggest getting a Centrance MicPort Pro http://www.bswusa.com/proditem.asp?item=MICPORTPRO

It's like the MXL Mic Mate which we sell, but one ups it with headphone output.

Jon Goodman January 18th, 2008 05:24 PM

I'm in the same boat. I was looking for some kind of audio interface for my Mac and am seriously looking at this.
It has a breakourt cable with 2 balanced xlr ins as well as 2 1/4'' unbalanced ins and 2 outs for speakers .

Vince Halushka January 18th, 2008 07:33 PM

Well there go's another $1000 bux. lol

I need a proper audio system at this point. No music, just VO.
At the same time I am due for a monitor(speaker) system also.
I already have everything except the pre-amp...so which system??
That duet looks small and handy, but I don't like powering off usb.
I want a good set-up so 2 people can do commentary, one commenting on motors another on chasis, skis and tracks or whatever. Would you prefer 2 xlr inputs ?

Thanks for the audio tutorial./commercial. that was what I should have watched a year ago


this where i need the VO..video needs some cutting
cheers millertime

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