Wednesday, January 6, 2016

External microphone on newer MacBook Pros

Ever had the need to connect an external microphone to a MacBook Pro and realized that the laptop in question only have a single 3.5mm mini jack port, and require a TRRS connector?

The solution seems to be to get a Sennheiser PCV 07 Y-splitter. I only had luck if I also, concurrently, had a pair of headphones hooked up to the headphone port.

This may or may not also work on other Mac laptops such as the MacBook and MacBook Air.


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