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Apple’s Best-Kept Secret About Audio I/O on Macs

I bought my first Apple computer on Thanksgiving night, 2006, at one of those “early Black Friday” sales at some now-defunct computer chain. It was a HUGE (by the standards of the day) 24″ iMac that was near the top-of-the-line in terms of their technology offerings back then.

One of the things I planned to use it for was audio recording and production.

Like most Macs, it had two 3.5mm jacks on the back, one for a mic/line input and one for headphone/speaker output.

Several years earlier, I had purchased a small portable A/D unit for recording stuff using “stealth mics”, and it has an optical digital (S/PDIF) output. I went to the Apple store and asked the “geniuses”¬†there what I needed to plug it into my fancy new iMac.

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What Causes Feedback On Audio Webinars and Teleconferences?

I’ve been on way too many webinars and teleconferences where one of the guests invariably had a bunch of feedback. In many cases, the host couldn’t even hear it, which makes it even worse.

Why does this happen?

I’d venture to guess that the problem is actually quite simple. It’s the microphone that the guest is using. Continue reading

My Recording Gear

I do some audio recording here and there. I particularly enjoy doing live recordings, and I have some special equipment that I use for that. I also record stuff directly into my computer, but I use different equipment for that.

From time to time people ask me about the¬†gear I use with my computer, so I thought I’d post something about what I’m currently using. Continue reading