How do I get my Mac to recognize Audio input?

Answered by Tom Adger

To get your Mac to recognize audio input, you can follow these steps:

1. Access System Preferences: Start by clicking on the Apple menu located in the top-left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences.” This will open a new window with various settings options.

2. Open the Sound settings: In the System Preferences window, you will see several rows of icons representing different settings categories. Look for the “Sound” icon and click on it. Alternatively, you can use the search bar at the top right corner of the System Preferences window to directly search for “Sound.”

3. Navigate to the Input tab: In the Sound settings window, you will find several tabs at the top. Click on the “Input” tab to access the settings related to audio input devices.

4. Select the desired input device: On the right side of the Input tab, you will see a list of available sound input devices. This list includes built-in microphones, external microphones, and other audio input devices connected to your Mac. Choose the device you want to use for audio input by clicking on its name in the list.

5. Adjust input volume: Once you have selected the desired input device, you can adjust its volume level using the slider located below the list of input devices. Slide the volume control to the right to increase the input volume and to the left to decrease it. You can also tick the “Use ambient noise reduction” option if you want your Mac to filter out background noise during audio input.

6. Test the audio input: To ensure that your Mac is recognizing the audio input properly, you can speak or make some noise into the microphone connected to your selected input device. You will see the input level meter on the Input tab moving as it detects sound. If the input level meter is not responding, make sure the input device is properly connected and selected.

7. Additional settings: If you need advanced settings for your audio input device, you can click on the “Sound Effects” tab in the Sound settings window. Here, you can enable or disable features like ambient noise reduction, input monitoring, and adjust the input volume further.

By following these steps, you should be able to get your Mac to recognize audio input from the desired device. Remember to check the compatibility of your input device with your Mac and ensure that it is properly connected to the appropriate port or via Bluetooth.