Mic Test. Mac Fail.


Finally got Audacity installed on the MacBook. Unboxed my still new-in-box, year-old microphone… and then had to google around to find Apple combined the headphone and microphone jacks into one. Which apparently only works with Apple hardware.

After more googling around, I found several support threads where people had luck with a $10 USB adapter that splits input/output and allows you to run 3.5mm jacks through a USB port. Sold.

Sat down to try again. It works, but it’s effectively inaudible. More googling, and I find the mic I have (Neewer NW-700) is not compatible with Macs. (Not that I had been intending to use a Mac when I asked for it last year.)

Whatever. I break out the trusty, 10-year old, reliable-to-a-fault Dell Inspiron. Bodhi Linux fired right up. But the wireless card lost it settings again and I really don’t feel like spending hours dicking with Linux bullshit.

I am disappoint.

Rather than replace a perfectly good, brand new microphone, or spend more money on a phantom power unit that still might not work, or spend even more money than that on a new, Windows machine, I think I’m just going to use my old Plantronics Bluetooth headset and my Android device.

Here goes nothing…

A quick favor for GBXM…

I’d like to build a small focus group to help us prioritize which of the 700+ stories we’ve published over the years should be…

A) Considered our very best
B) Prioritized for rebuild
C) Fixed and polished
D) Shit-canned

There’s more to it than that, but if you could give us a couple hours a month to help us chew through this monster list so we can focus on new stories and cleaning up our very best, it would be a HUGE help.

We’d find a way to make it worth your while.