Won't recognize Microphone

Hey Guys,
I’ve searched, and I just can’t find anything that addresses my issue.

I have a MacBook Air running OS X 10.10.5. I also have a iPhone 6. I want to use Audacity to record voicemails off my iPhone into a file on my MBA. I’ve bought a four conductor 3.5mm cord. My MBA recognizes my iPhone as an external mic when using the the 3.5mm jack. But, Audacity does not.

You’ll see in this screen shot that on the right, the MBA recognizes the iPhone as external mic. On the left, the input menu does not see the external mic. Any ideas?
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I should mention that I’ve tried rebooting it with the jacks plugged in (and out and every combination), and I’ve even done the ‘Transport > Rescan Audio Devices’, and still nothing.

Why does Sound Preferences not see the “Built-in Microphone” that Audacity does? Does the internal mic get disabled when you connect that cable?

Have you tried recording from that “Built-in Microphone” source, in case there is a naming confusion?

If that does not help, try going into /Applications/Utilities/Audio MIDI Setup and fiddle with the settings. Try a mono format and 44100 Hz, in particular, if there is a choice. Quit Audio MIDI Setup then restart Audacity.


I don’t know why it doesn’t see it. I wish it did. I believe the internal mic does get disabled, as I can watch the audio peak on the ‘Sound’ level meter in the control panel (not in Audacity).

The ‘Built-In Microphone’ is the one little one that is built into the machine. I guess I could just do speaker phone playback in a quiet room and make the file, but voicemail is already such a low quality recording, I want to do as much as I can to get it good.

I’ve also played with all those settings in Audio MIDI, nothing changed in Audacity. :frowning:

I just heard that iOS9 has the ability to do what I want built in. I’m going to go try that out as well.

I don’t have any real answer for you, but it would be interesting to know what is going on. You could try Audacity 2.0.3 from http://www.oldfoss.com/Audacity.html.

You could record in GarageBand or QuickTime. Do they see the “external microphone” when you choose the input source?

Also when you sync your iPhone with iTunes on OS X you have the voicemails on OS X as a backup, so you can use something like this: http://ios.wonderhowto.com/how-to/free-way-save-iphone-voicemails-your-mac-0157023/ to get at the voicemails.

Or if you are prepared to buy an app, use something like iExplorer.