Bill Hunt answered my recent question concerning PPro CS5 not picking up narration through an external USB mike. He suggested using a mike with a jack plugged into the mike port of the Mac. I tried that already and it did not work because there is no external mike input to a Mac, for a mike with a regular jack, so I bought a USB mike at the suggestion of Apple tech support .
The USB mike does input sound into the Mac but PPro CS5 does not pick it up. In fact, PPro does not even pick up the sound while using the internal mike built into the Mac. We can test that sound is getting into the Mac but PPro is not picking it up.
Do you have any suggestions, it seems like this is purely a PPro issue. But somebody has to be getting sound into PPro while using a Mac, so there must be a solution. I'd hate to have to purchase Final Cut after purchasing PPro.
I went through Pro Maxed' sequence of settings both on the MacBook Pro and inside of PPro CS5. This allowed me to record sound on to a mono track in a PPro project. Thank you Pro Maxed!
However, PPro cannot see the connected USB mike, so I had to use the "Built-in Microphone / Built-in Output" option under audio hardware. This is a major setback.
What puzzles me is that the Pro Maxed setting sequence does in fact show that he also selected a USB mike and that PPro does show that mike in the list. But for me, the connected USB mike is not shown in PPro, although it is shown in the Mac's sound input list.
Anyone have any idea why PPro does not see my USB mike? I am running Mac OS X Version 10.6.8.
Thanks for the info.
Let me back up for a moment. I do not know what a "proper mic " is for a Mac computer. I have an Imac and two MacBook Pro's. On each of these computers there are two audio ports. One is marked for an external speaker and one is marked for earphones, but there is no port for a microphone to input sound. The only way I can get sound into any one of these Mac's is to use their built in microphone or use a USB external microphone. However, Premier Pro cannot, so far, see the USB mic, it only sees (lists - under audio hardware) the built in mic and in fact lists several built in input / built in output combinations which seem redundant to me.
Do you agree with this description that the only external mic available to me is a USB mic, or am I missing something? I do have a mic which uses a regular jack, but I cannot get the Mac to see that mic. I plugged it into the external speaker port and then into the earphone port, hoping one might be dual purpose, but the Mac never sees it.
I do not know what a "proper mic "
A proper mic is one use for any professional audio work. It will almost certainly have an XLR output, which is easily converted to any other form of commonly used audio connection. For computers, the standard is the 1/8" mini plug.
there is no port for a microphone to input sound.
Well...I can only say that's a poorly designed computer. You may need to find a normal machine that has the nearly ubiquitous mic input.