Thank you but, as you can see on my post, I already followed the steps detailed on both those Reference Guides. I know THAT is the way to go and it SHOULD be working... but it doesn't, hence my question. Seriously guys, I read your messages fully before answering with a link to the Reference Guide ¬¬. As I mentioned, I already got the built-in microphone recording, so my question is not "how to record audio" but actually "why could it be that I have problems with a USB microphone".
Has anybody had problems with this before? Am I missing something? Is there a bug perhaps? Are there microphone brands that won't work well with Premiere? Is there something else, other than the obvious that I need to know? Why is the Audio Midi Setup unchecking the boxes? Should it be that way?
Hi Bea and everyone else,
Admittedly this makes sense once it's been performed, but is not obvious from the beginning.
I have noticed that some USB microphones in the Audio MIDI Setup Utility show the microphone as a single "Left" track.
This means that Pr needs record into a Mono Audio Track to allow for Mono input. The Default "Standard" Audio Tracks are actualy Stereo out. A mono clip can be dropped into a Standard Track, but the signal is pushed out a L/R Stereo output. Therefore won't map/allow a Mono input recording into it.
Notice the Standard Audio Tracks outputting to Stereo don't have a Mic to select - only the Mono Track can record a Mono input.
Hope this helps a lot of Mac users facing this issue.
Nothing is working for me. My computer is recognizing the usb Snowball, and I recorded with it using Audacity. However in PPCC, the only way I could get the mixer to recognize a mic source was to set its audio hardware settings to "built in mic", and I added a mono track as well. The program recorded successfully, but from the built-in mic instead of the snowball, every time. I have tried every angle listed above, and at the moment, will record in Audacity, export AIFFs and use those in PPCC.
This is really frustrating!
Greg Letson, NYC
Hi Greg -
I have tried every angle listed above, and at the moment, will record in Audacity, export AIFFs and use those in PPCC.
I recently went through this grind with a new Rode Podcaster USB mic on my Mac. It actually took allowing the Adobe support folks to grab control of my screen and work through figuring it out, though now that I look back on it: some of that may not have been necessary. But, that aside, here's what they did:
- Ran the Audio MIDI Setup application (built-in to OS X) and created a new "Aggregate Device". In said device, they put the Podcaster as the input.
- I then added the Line-Out as the Aggregate Device's output so that Pr could play sounds properly.
- In Pr, set the Audio Hardware to that Aggregate Device.
- Create the mono track as explained above, and click the "R" in it. If the "R" stays depressed, you're good to go.
The problem I was having was that I'd chosen the Podcaster as my Audio Hardware in Pr, but didn't remember to add the mono track. I didn't need to do that with my previous USB mic (Blue Yeti). So when I clicked on the "R" in the audio mixer window, it would just bounce instead of staying depressed. Creating the Agg device and the mono track seemed to fix that.
However: I'm not sure the Agg device is necessary. I've since experimented a bit more with Pr and OS X and everything is working properly without the Agg. In the OS X Sound preference panel, I made sure the input device was, indeed, the Podcaster with the output being my Line-Out port. Within Pr, I set the Audio Hardware to the "System Line-In/Line-Out" choice. From there, as long as I have a mono track set up properly, I can press the "R" button and go to town.
The MIDI set up did not work for me. My mic was already there, but not showing in Premier. The Hamilton College link worked for me, too. In Premier's preferences, I selected "System Default Input/Output". Creating the right kind of track to record on seemed to make a difference, as I had tried the other steps previously with no luck.