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AirPods: Extremely poor mic quality on Mac

Ever since I purchased the AirPods (1st Generation), they demonstrate extremely poor quality while activating the AirPod mic, whilst they are connected to a Mac. When activating the mic to record ...
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Mac OSX microphone input volume level auto-adjusts - can it be disabled?

I've found this issue and various discussions online about this, but no obvious "just do this", so I'm wandering over here from ServerFault to ask this. Is there a way to disable or hard-set the ...
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OS X: Route audio output to audio input

I'm watching a video file, and I'd like to record small snippets of audio from the video file. Previously I have played the audio on my MacBook speakers and used the built-in microphone to record the ...
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Use headphone jack as line in for microphone on MacBook Pro Retina [duplicate]

MacBook Pro Retinas dropped the line-in (microphone) jack that previous MacBook Pros had. Sometimes I want to plug in a 1/8" microphone, but there's no option to switch the input from "internal ...
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How to always use macbook microphone with Bose QuietComfort 35?

I have noise canceling headphones (Bose QC 35), that also have microphone built-in. If the microphone is active, noise canceling doesn't work, they just pass through ambient sounds (this is by design. ...
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Is there a way to stop macos from changing audio input when new device connects?

As in the subject, I've searched for the answer to this online already, but found nothing. I am advanced user myself, but have not found any way to do this. The gist - I have my preferred audio input ...
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Harmonic noise introduced when using an iPhone dock extension cable connected to a mic peripheral

I am using a Tascam iM2 stereo mic connected to the dock of an iPhone 4S. When the peripheral device is connected directly, there is no problem. Hoever, when I use a dock extension cable, a strange ...
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Internal Mic Option Disappears when using Apple Earbuds

Does anyone know of a way to use my macbook pro's internal microphone while using my Apple "Earpods" for sound? When I look at the Sound Prefpane without my earbuds in the internal mic option is there,...
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How can I get the mic sound feedback in my headphone?

I bought a noise canceling headphone yesterday and it works perfectly. The only problem I have is that when I myself talk, I cannot hear my voice correctly. I'm wondered if it is possible to enable ...
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Display Mic volume in the menu bar

In MacOS Mojave, I want to get the Mic volume icon to the menubar, just like the speaker volume icon. How can I do that? Like this.
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Can I use iPhone earbuds as a microphone on my MacBook?

The only microphone I have is the one built-in to my iPhone earbuds. I want to try some line-in stuff, so I plugged the headphones into the microphone port. I then went to System Preferences/Sound/...
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Where's iPhone 7 microphone located?

From Apple’s official specs the bottom side holds two grills in addition to the Lightning port. Apple shows that the right grill holds built-in stereo speakers and a built-in microphone. The left ...
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Terminal command to record audio through macbook microphone?

Is there a command we can use via terminal to start recording audio through my macbook microphone?
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macOS Monterey: Bluetooth mic issues when Mute/Adjust input volume

Whenever I try to mute my Bluetooth audio input (mic) by either applying a shortcut with the following code set volume input volume 0 or by manually minimizing the sound to 0 on Sound Preferences ->...
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How do I change the microphone input sensitivity on iPad 2?

Is it possible to change the microphone sensitivity (input volume) on the iPad? If so, how?
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How to keep mute button available during call

I use my iPhone for conference calls regularly, with a Bluetooth headset/microphone. Often I keep my mic muted except for when I speak. It is awkward that when I want to speak, I need to wake-up and ...
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What does a 2012 Mac Mini need for microphone input?

I need a simply jack Mic unamplified physically connected to my Mac Mini (late 2012 model) through Audio-IN and it doesn't work. I also tried the original iPhone's headphones to no avail and I wonder ...
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Using Shazam to pick up audio over internal soundcard / headphones

I recently discovered Shazam has an app for mac, it seems it works by listening on the built in mic (or any mic presumably). I wondered if there was a way I could get it to listen to the soundcard ...
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How to disable microphone for OS X?

We need a way to disable the microphone so it cannot be re-enabled, at least by an unprivileged user. And preferably via the command line, so it can be scripted. On some Macs, we've been able to ...
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How do I re-authorize Quicktime Player to use the microphone when once it has been denied?

I wanted to use a USB audio input to record a video, and got something I've never seen before having done this 100 times; it asked "Authorize Quicktime to use the microphone?" I clicked no, because I ...
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Can I access internal microphone input level via Terminal?

I am interested in using my old MacBook as an audio baby monitor. My imagined workflow is to set a noise threshold for the internal microphone in the MacBook when baby is stirring or whining and to ...
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How to boost microphone input volume above 100%?

My internal microphone broke, and I have an external microphone on my webcam on an external monitor that is extremely quiet even when the volume is set to 100%. I tried using Boom, Loopback, and ...
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Two identical USB microphones at once -- is it possible?

I just got a pair of Blue Yeti USB microphones. Unfortunately, my Mac only wants to recognize whichever one was plugged in last. To be more specific, they both appear under USB in System Information, ...
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How do I deactivate my microphone and iSight for security reasons?

In OS X 10.8 it is possible to log in via SSH and get access to hardware input devices like microphone and iSight camera. Thus it is possible to remotely record audio and video of other users sitting ...
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Prevent macOS from ever using AirPods as an audio input device

I'm trying to prevent macOS from ever using my AirPods as the audio input device, as that absolutely kills the audio quality of their output. This is not just an "only an audiophile would hear ...
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Distorted, robotic-sounding audio on Google Meet from AirPods 2 (via microphone)

When using AirPods 2 for Google Meet video calls on macOS, my voice gets very distorted and sounds 'robotic'. Only happens with Google Meet running the the browser, but no other apps. I looked around (...
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Dictation under macOS Catalina not working with display microphone

I have this very strange problem that dictation is not working on my laptop when its lid is closed and it is connected to an external monitor (Cinema display). It does work fine when I use the laptop ...
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External microphone input volume too quiet

MacBook Pro 13" 2016 Touch Bar version Whenever I plug an external microphone it's really quiet, what's more changing the input volume in the Sound settings doesn't affect it at all - It's still very ...
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How to disable macbook's mic, but not speakers?

I found this informative post about completely disabling audio on OS X by removing/disabling the required audio kernel extensions. The problem is this disables audio-in and audio-out, and I only want ...
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Is it possible to record iMovie voice over with AirPods?

I'm using iMovie 10.1.9 on High Sierra. My AirPods are paired and all of my audio is playing through them but I am unable to choose them to record a voice over in iMovie. I've even set them as the ...
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How to show "Input Devices" in Sound menu bar?

It is really annoying that when connecting a Bluetooth headset to the mac, immediately the "input device" becomes the headset's microphone. It is annoying that to change this I need to go to ...
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How can I use macOS Monterey's new "Mic Mode" feature with Zoom?

I want to use the new Mic Mode to block background noise, but the option is greyed out when using Zoom. How can I use this new feature with 3rd party apps?
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How to mute the microphone on Key-Down and unmute it on Key-Up?

What I would like to have is: By default the microphone should be muted When CapsLock is Down the microphone should unmute When CapsLock is Up the microphone should mute (Basically convert my Skype ...
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Can I force external microphone detection after mic is plugged in

Background: I use a Henge Dock for my MBPr with a headset for things like Skype. Because the Henge Dock uses an extension cable to make the audio 'Combination Output' (TRRS) port accessible, the ...
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Macbook Pro Audio Input Not Working With Microphone

I am trying to connect microphone to my early 2011 17" MacBook Pro, but I cant get it working. MBP 17" has 2 audio jacks so I supposed the second one is for microphone but just doesnt work (Mac or ...
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Is there any way an iOS app can access the mic/camera without the user's knowledge?

In iOS (14.3, as of today), in Settings→Privacy, you can see/control which apps access hardware on the iPhone, such as the microphone and camera. Is this The Exhaustive List of which apps do have ...
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Where is the mic located in apple earphones?

I heard someone say: The mic in the apple earphones is located in the earbuds itself - it listens to the vibrations from your head. I had always thought the earphones where in the volume adjuster ...
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MacBook Pro camera and microphone used by malware?

Given the increasing number of reports about malware for Apple computers, I am concerned by the fact that there's no simple way to physically block the camera while I'm using my MacBook Pro. Is it ...
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No sound (speakers/jack) + microphone's dead after spilling water

Sadly, yesterday I've spilled some water on my MacBook Pro (El Capitan). Before you yell at me - it was closed, turned off and it wasn't a lot of water, the laptop was wet only on the top and under - ...
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iPhone headset mic button not working

The little button that sits on the microphone of my iPhone headset stopped working. Normally, pressing the button will pause a song, go to the next song if you double-click it, and go to the ...
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Can I use Apple Earphones with Mic on Mac Mini?

I read on Apple website that Mac mini audio port supports the apple earphones with mic. Does it support the mic as well? Can I use the mic for Audio input on applications like Skype? I tried plugging ...
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Is it possible to echo what your mic records to the speakers?

When I talk on my Blackberry with a headset, it echos what I'm recording back into the headphones. This helps me hear my own voice when I'm talking, so I can regulate my volume. I'm wondering if it's ...
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External Microphone input for MacBook Air 2012

I am trying to get an external microphone (this Sennheiser ME3) into the TRRS jack of my 2012 MacBook Air, through a headset splitter such as here. (this is so that I can use speech recognition ...
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How to disable the now default "ambient noise reduction" in macOS Catalina?

In macOS Catalina, ambient noise reduction is applied by default to audio of an external source coming in through the headphone jack. This is not always desired, e.g. when recording musical ...
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How do I reset Camera and Microphone permission on macOS Mojave?

I'm using macOS Mojave and I want to use my camera and microphone to make a New Movie Recording in QuickTime Player. But when I try it gives me this error. QuickTime Player is not authorized to ...
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How can I disable the iPhone's microphone?

I would like to disable the internal microphone for everything. My device is jailbroken and I have tried 'Disable Microphone' in MyRepoSpace, however that just gets rid of the Voice Memos app instead ...
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Microphone / Headphones combo port does not work in BootCamp

I have an iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) that has a 4-pole TRRS headphone/headset combo port. On OS X any headset works nicely (e.g. the Apple iPhone headset with microphone). On Windows 7 64bit with ...
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Recommendations for headset (+ mic ) for macbook in 2012

I'm looking for a stereo headset and not simply in-ear headphones for Skype at affordable prices. From past experience, I own a dual-jack headset Logitech from my PC. Sound came out but the mic never ...
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`AppleCamera` used by Google Chrome even with all extensions+apps disabled/tabs closed

I'm noticing that Google Chrome (Version 65.0.3325.181 (Official Build) (64-bit) — current version as of writing this question) has enabled my MBP camera and, perhaps, the microphone: $ lsof | grep "...
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Is it now possible to spy on other person's iPhone using microphone?

There is this app on the Appstore "Find My Kid" and "Chat with parents". They allow to the first app to start listening to microphone of the second app even without notification. Even when the app is ...
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