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14.2. Recording Sound

If you hope to record new sounds, you'll need a microphone. Your microphone situation depends on the kind of Mac you have:

  • iMac, eMac, PowerBook, white iBook. You have a built-in microphone, usually a tiny hole near the screen. This microphone couldn't be more convenient: it's always with you, and always turned on.

  • Original iBook, Cube, recent Power Macs. You can plug in an external USB microphone (the Apple Products Guide at www.guide.apple.com offers a list) or use an adapter (such as the iMic, www.grifflntechnology.com) that accommodates a standard microphone.

  • Older Power Macs. These models came with a gray, half-cone-shaped microphone called the PlainTalk microphone. You'll flnd a corresponding miniplug jack for it on the back. Note, however, that the PlainTalk mike's pin is slightly longer than a standard miniplug. Standard microphones don't work in a Mac without an adapter like the NE Mic from www.grifflntechnology.com


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