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SingStar consists of a couple of microphones which connect into your Playstation 2. You then sing along to some popular songs, and it scores you based on how good you sound. The technology behind it is very clever, as is the quality of the software and […]

SingStar USB Microphone Converter

SingStar consists of a couple of microphones which connect into your Playstation 2. You then sing along to some popular songs, and it scores you based on how good you sound. The technology behind it is very clever, as is the quality of the software and hardware considering the shelf price of around $50.00.

But it was what came with the microphones interested me most. It’s a converter which changes two microphone inputs into a USB connector. Out of interest, I plugged it into the Mac. Hey presto! It gives you two audio inputs – perfect for plugging a standard microphone or even guitar into GarageBand. It achieves the same as the Griffin iMic (without the audio output).

You can pick these up for next to nothing on eBay – Often, you can buy the converter and two mic’s for as little as $16.00. For those of you in need of a cheap USB microphone input on your Mac, this is perfect. Ideal for those of you who may own a Mac Mini, which doesn’t ship with a microphone port.

  1. This post prompted me to try the headset that comes with the PS2 SoCom Navy Seals game..

    My Mac recognized it as a USB headset for both input and output :)

    Ta for the idea!

    Gerry

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  2. Good to see people experimenting :)

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  3. Can you use this to record stereo? One input to each stereo channel.

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  4. I imagine you can. In garageband you can select whether to record the left input, right, or both.

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    1. @david appleyard how do u get the microphone to record both right and left inputs

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  5. i cain even buy the dalm thing with all the dalm talking

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  6. Well, nice to hear this… Wanting to try the other way around, use a ‘non-sony’ usb microphone to sing in playstaion… wonder whether that works…

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  7. Great tip!

    I own a mac mini myself and was trying to figure what ways I could uses my microphone w/ it.

    Thanks.

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  8. Got one cheap off ebay. 2 problems.

    1. The inputs are 3.5 mm jacks, which are really deeply recessed into the plastic. You need a really thin lead in order to get anything in there. Im gonna have a go at it with a hacksaw though, to try and rectify this problem.

    2. This may be due to problem one, but I get a massive feedback on the input. It’s probably because the only jack I have that is thin enough to fit in doesnt quite go all the way in. I will report on the situation when I’ve tried the hacksaw ; – )

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  9. Already had my singtar mikes, and was looking for a cheap garageband mic pre-amp, so I thought I’d give it a try.

    They work great, and can be used individually, or as the channels in a stereo recording, but there seems to be a noticeably latency in the feedback when using the USB box, from when using a regular microphone.

    That’s the only bummer I can see. Nice find!

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  10. Does this also work on a PC? I’m getting a sound card where the digital out and mic in share the same jack, and I want to use both, so this would be really useful.

    I shall borrow one from a friend and see for myself if I get the chance.

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