Removing a Macbook microphone and wiring?

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Removing a Macbook microphone and wiring?

Post by the riff » Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:04 pm

This might sound a bit crazy but I have always loved the sound of the mics on Macbooks... Well, I have one that is dead (not the mic the computer) and was thinking of trying to remove the microphone and wiring it up... Does anyone know if this is at all possible? :shock:

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Post by allyouneedisears » Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:11 pm

I have no idea... but I'm curious what you like about it so much?

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Post by BenjaminWells » Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:36 pm

I took an iBook apart once and put it back together. The mic was pretty deeply embedded in the machine, and the screen, but I did get it out.

I used to like the sound of these mics too. I recorded Blackbird through the pin hole mic on that old iBook. Here it is:
http://benjaminwells.net/audio/BENJAMIN ... d_hifi.m3u

I feel that the removed mic could be re-wired and used, but since I was re-installing it, I never tested that theory. Good luck and post back here if you get it to work!

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Post by strdsk » Sun Mar 29, 2009 1:36 pm

Yes....they sound great for what they are! Likely a small electret condenser in their. These are similar to the Tape-Op DIY mics. JD!

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Post by kuene » Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:28 am

and i believe Deerhoof recorded a bunch of the vocals for their first album or two with that macbook (powerbook) mic.

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