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Mic for mac

Postby Scythe » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:11 am

Hey guys - a little off topic but I need advice.
I livestream regularly on Facebook and usually start the stream with some live music - 2 voices and instrument.
The native mic on our mac laptop is RUBBISH!
it can only take 2 'sound sources' at a time (2 people speaking is fine) and starts to cut out or do weird things as soon as 3 sources of sound come in (2 voices singing + guitar)

Do you think an external mic attached to it like a RodeMicro would make a difference and give us clearer sound?

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Re: Mic for mac

Postby Acoustica Greg » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:45 pm

Hi,

Yes, an external mic would probably help, if you choose the right microphone.

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Re: Mic for mac

Postby Scythe » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:58 pm

Hi Greg - does any particular mic come to your mind for this purpose?
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Re: Mic for mac

Postby JonInc » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:24 pm

Are you using an audio interface to record into Mixcraft? If it has mic preamps, then any decent quality mic(s) with XLR jacks will work nicely.

If you don't (and are getting by with just a sound card), then you should look into an audio interface that can handle the I/O you need. There are lots of articles online that advise equipment for podcasts/music recording.

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Re: Mic for mac

Postby Scythe » Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:58 am

Hi - no I have a really cool home studio setup already so that's not the issue :)
I wanted to ask about mics that enhance sound when you're Livestreaming on Facebook :)
ty for your response tho

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Re: Mic for mac

Postby JonInc » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:34 am

Scythe wrote:Hi - no I have a really cool home studio setup already so that's not the issue :)
I wanted to ask about mics that enhance sound when you're Livestreaming on Facebook :)
ty for your response tho


My point was that a home studio setup is what you need for livestreaming, and instead of thinking of the two things as separate/different, you likely already have the tools and just need to make a few adjustmusts to accomodate livestreaming.

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Re: Mic for mac

Postby Scythe » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:40 am

I had thought of that but the palaver needed to get it all sorted would be a pain...because I'm not using my own computer for the live...someone else's mac.
Will do some reserach into it tho ty :)

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Re: Mic for mac

Postby shayneoneill » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:07 am

Theres some respectably decent USB Condensor mics on the market these days that combine a condensor thats tuned for voices and the like and a small preamp and USB interface. Might be worth investigating. Blue usually make good quality in this regards.

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Re: Mic for mac

Postby Scythe » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:02 am

Thanks! :)
went with Shure MV5 in the end - really good buy...recommend to anyone in a similar situation

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Re: Mic for mac

Postby mixyguy2 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:42 pm

Scythe wrote:The native mic on our mac laptop is RUBBISH!
All mics on all laptops are rubbish. So are the so-called speakers. Anything external would be a huge improvement. Glad you found one you liked.


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