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Griffin Technology iMic - The original USB Stereo Input and Output Audio Adapter
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- High-quality audio input and output for desktops and laptops.
- No external power source needed.
- Provides amplified output for connecting powered speakers to your computer.
- Supports both mic-level and line level input.
- 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo IN and OUT jacks for connecting turntables, cassette decks, microphones, instruments, and powered speakers to your computer.
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iMic allows you to connect microphones and other input devices to your iBook, PowerBook, PowerMac or other Mac or PC systems. All you need is a USB port. iMic supports both mic and line level inputs via a selectable switch, and provides a line-level output for connecting powered speakers or headphones. IMic shines as the essential tool for converting your vinyl LP and tape collection into MP3s and CDs. Recording records and tapes through iMic directly from your turntable or tape deck is super easy. Use your own favorite recording software, or use our software for free. For Mac users, we provide Final Vinyl as a free download. Final Vinyl is designed specifically for converting your vinyl collection to digital. It comes with advanced features such as waveform-based cue editing, and 10-band EQ, and even includes a special RIAA filter that properly equalizes LPs without having to connect your turntable to a pre-amp. For PC users, we suggest the popular open-source, full-featured recording application, Audacity. (Mac and Linux/Unix versions are also available.)Use iMic to make your own recordings, too. It's great for home studio recording and podcasting. Plug microphones and musical instruments directly into iMic. iMic is compatible with modern hardware to provide the perfect solution for sound recording in almost any audio application, including GarageBand, iMovie, and Final Cut Pro.
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One caveat: Although this device's very brief user guide is entitled "MIC/Line-IN USB Interface", it was not immediately apparent to me that the "output" jack next to the MIC jack is not an audio output for speakers. Testing showed me this device does NOT provide output for speakers. It appears that output jack is some kind of output passed along from the MIC input to this device. I don't know why one would want to connect a MIC to more than one device at a time, but I am guessing that is the purpose of that jack. The manual never makes any mention of connecting this to speakers or an amplifier, as would be done with most typical output jacks. The manual doesn't show connecting anything to the output jack. So this is an input-only device.
Plug it in, and plug in a mic or instrument (1/8" / 3.5mm connector), and you're ready to record. It's as easy as that. And the sound quality, while not outstanding, is great for hobbyists, amateurs, or people just getting started with recording. I got mine set up with no software to install, and no problems whatsoever.
I'd highly recommend this as your first-time USB recording input device if you want to get into some lightweight instrument or other recording.
When I wrote the review I had been using the iMic with it plugged into a USB 3.0 hub. I read an article that suggested plugging audio capture devices into a USB hub could cause the device to not function properly. I have since plugged the iMic into a USB port on the back of the iMac. The iMic seems to be functioning properly now.
Final Vinyl is 10 YEARS OLD - won't work on any OS X version after about 2005-2007 - look it up!
You can find free trial software with positive reviews, but not exactly user friendly IMO. If you do figure it out, it's $25 bucks, thank you.
And as to HUM / BUZZ, should'a known, there's no ground lug...duh (and duh, computer is not a receiver/amp). And the goofy hum/buzz online workarounds...ugh.
As others suggest, this product is not a budget silver bullet. And without processing software, it's worse than nothing.
The output is very poor quality with lots of distortion, but the stereo mic input is almost flawless. Since I only really needed the stereo input, 4 stars! If you want to monitor through headphones, this may not be the best choice.
Worked perfectly, even if I never need to use it again, it was more than worth it.
This was dead simple - just plug, and run.
The USB output from the turntable (a Sony model) is too low for practical value, so I run the audio out from the turntable to the Griffin.