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Everything You Need To Know About The MacBook Pro’s Microphones

Feb 5, 2018 1:46:00 AM / by BaseQi

MacBook Pro’s Microphones

Your MacBook Pro has built-in microphones that can be used for a wide variety of functions, including voice and video calling on Skype or Facebook and recording your voice for a track.

If you’re new to the world of Apple’s laptops and just bought your first MacBook Pro or you’re about to buy one, there’s no need to fret. This article will discuss in detail everything you need to know about the MacBook Pro’s built-in microphones. So, read on.

Where are the microphones located?

All MacBook Pro models have microphones that are located on the upper left side of the laptop. The dual microphones on your MacBook are built on a single cable beneath the logic board of the laptop, but the two mics are actually located on the left side, next to the keyboard.

Where can I change my MacBook Pro’s microphone settings?

If you want to adjust your built-in microphones’ settings, follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the System Preferences icon on your MacBook Pro screen.
  2. Select Sound.

  3. Select Input to access your microphones’ settings.

  4. Select Internal Microphone from the list of devices if you want to adjust the built-in microphones, or click the name of any other external microphone.

  5. Move the Input Volume slider to the right to increase volume, and move it to the left if you want to decrease the volume.

  6. If you want to minimise background noise, tick the box labeled “Use Ambient Noise Reduction”.

  7. Close the window when you’re done.

What are the disadvantages of the MacBook Pro’s built-in microphones?

While the MacBook Pro’s microphones have their merits, they do have certain drawbacks as well. Their primary function is to capture your voice for use in apps like Skype, Facebook, and FaceTime. As such, customisation options are few and far between.

For high-fidelity sound for the purpose of recording musical instruments for songs or videos or recording your voice for podcasts, you’re better off buying a high-quality external microphone.

Take note that you can only use USB microphones, since 3.5mm microphones are not compatible with the MacBook Pro.

What are good external USB microphones for the MacBook Pro?

If you’re in the market for external USB microphones for your MacBook Pro, here are some of great options:

  • Audio-Technica AT2020

Audio-Technica is world-renowned for their premium audio products, and their USB microphones are no different. The AT2020 has the outstanding sound quality, so choosing it is a no-brainer if you want to record in high-fidelity.

  • Blue Yeti

This line of USB microphones has been continually praised for providing exceptional value for money. It features high-quality recording capabilities at a price that is more affordable that some of its competitors.

  • Rode NT-USB

If you’re looking for both form and function in one package, this is the perfect USB microphone to buy. Although it is more expensive than others, the Rode NT-USB is capable of recording high-quality audio without sacrificing aesthetics.  

  • Blue Snowball

Do you need a good USB microphone but don’t want to spend a lot of money? Then the Snowball is for you. It’s a low-end product from the same company that makes the Yeti. However, you shouldn’t be fooled by its affordability. For its price, it’s still has excellent recording capabilities.

How do I set up my external microphone?

Once you have an external microphone, here’s what you need to do to set it up on your MacBook.

  1. Connect the microphone to your laptop’s USB port or audio line-in port.

  2. Click on the Apple Menu.
  3. Select System Preferences.

  4. Select Sound.

  5. Click on the Input tab.

  6. Select your external microphone from the list.

  7. Use the controls at the bottom half of the window to adjust the settings of your external microphone.

  8. Test your microphone by speaking into it. Once blue lights appear on the Input level bar, that means your microphone is working.

How do I replace the built-in microphones?

In the event that your MacBook Pro’s built-in microphones get damaged or stop working for whatever reason, you might be tempted to fix and replace them yourself. However, your best bet is to contact Apple Support and allow them to find the solution for it.


Now that you’re familiar with the MacBook Pro’s microphones, get out there and start voice calling your friends and family or recording your favorite instruments.


Feel free to read up on more of our MacBook tips. You can also check out this blog to find out cool MacBook accessories to buy.


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