Getting An External Microphone For Your Mac

If you are thinking about getting an external microphone for your Mac, there are many things to consider. Most people need a bsic USB microphone and those vary in price but are easy to use. You can also connect an analog microphone. For some uses a headset is better.

Comments: 9 Responses to “Getting An External Microphone For Your Mac”

    Jimmy Fine
    11 months ago

    What application do you use to cut yourself out from the background and then surround yourself with white edge?

    11 months ago

    Jimmy: Do you mean in the video thumbnail image? I do it in Pixelmator Pro. But you can do it in almost any graphics tool: Acorn, Photoshop, Affinity, etc.

    Jimmy Fine
    11 months ago

    Yes, i was referring to the thumbnail. I am a long-time Photoshop user (since 3.5), but for the past year, i have been using Affinity Photo and Designer. My Adobe Creative Suite 6.0 died when i did my last MacOS update and am unwilling to go with the Adobe subscription. I really like being able to use the Affinity products on my iPad with the pencil.

    Rocky Berlier
    11 months ago

    I noticed you didn’t mention lapel or lavaliere mics. I was considering getting one of these. Do you think they are better or worse than any of the other choices you gave?

    11 months ago

    Rocky: What’s the use case? Usually you use a lapel mic when you need to be on camera and move around. Otherwise, a larger mic on your desk or above it will probably sound better. If you aren’t worried about camera appearance, then a headset.

    Bruce
    11 months ago

    I have the AT2020 and want to get it off the desk and elevated to get closer during video work. Do you have a recommendation for a boom arm and mount similar to the one you use? I’m thinking with a clamp to connect to the lip of a table. Thanks!

    11 months ago

    Bruce: Search for “NEEWER Microphone Boom Scissor Arm” on Amazon. It comes in a few sizes.

    Noemi
    4 weeks ago

    Hi Gary, I bought this mic: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0756V2B6R/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and I also got this to connect it to the MacBook air: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075YFDJ4Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 this is the only one that’s worked.

    When I record any audio, it is very low volume. I have tried changing the settings on the input but I can’t get it to improve. Can you give some recommendations on troubleshooting?

    4 weeks ago

    Noemi: Are there any controls for the USB-C Microphone Adapter? That looks like a cheap one. I would just return everything and get a USB microphone instead.

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