How To Use Your Headphones As A Mic On Garageband

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Have you ever wanted to use your headphones as a microphone in GarageBand? It can be a great way to record vocal tracks, podcasts, and more without having to purchase an expensive microphone. Fortunately, you can easily set up your headphones as a microphone in GarageBand with just a few simple steps.

First, make sure that your headphones are connected and recognized by your computer. On Mac computers, the best way to do this is to go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Sound > Output tab and select your headphones from the list of available output devices.

Once you’ve connected your headphones, open GarageBand and click on “Preferences” in the top menu bar. In the “Audio Devices” section of the Preferences window, select “Headphones” as your input source. This will allow GarageBand to recognize that you are using your headphones as a microphone.

Next, create an audio track in GarageBand and turn on input monitoring for that track. This will allow sound coming through the headphone jack on your computer to be recorded into the audio track in GarageBand. You may also want to adjust the levels for both the input volume and output volume so that it is optimized for recording with your headphones.

Finally, once all of these settings have been adjusted properly, you are ready to start recording with your headphones! Just hit record in Garageband and start speaking or singing into the mic (your headphone jack). Be sure to adjust any other settings such as effects or equalizers if necessary so that it sounds just right for whatever project you are working on.

Using your headphones as a microphone in Garageband can be a great way to get high-quality recordings without having to purchase an expensive microphone or set up a complicated recording rig. Just follow these steps and you’ll be ready to start recording with no additional hardware required!

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Connecting Headphones/Microphone to GarageBand

To connect a headphone/mic to GarageBand, you will need an audio interface to connect your headphones/mic to your computer. Connect the audio interface’s output to your computer’s audio input port (if it has one). Once connected, open GarageBand and select the audio interface as the input device in GarageBand > Preferences > Audio > Devices. Then create a new track and select the audio interface as the track’s input source. Finally, plug your headphones/mic into the appropriate ports on the audio interface.

Using Headphones as a Microphone on Mac

To use your headphones as a microphone on a Mac, you will need to first make sure that the headphones are plugged into the correct audio port on your computer. Then, open System Preferences and select Sound. On the right side of the window, click Input and select your headphones from the list of sound input devices. Once selected, you should be able to use your headphones as a microphone. If you are having difficulty getting it to work, make sure that both the microphone and headphone levels in System Preferences are set to maximum.

Hearing Yourself Through a Headset in GarageBand

First, connect your headset to your Mac using a compatible audio cable. Next, open GarageBand and select the track you want to hear in your headset. Then, click the Monitoring button in the track header. This will enable input monitoring for that track which will allow you to hear yourself in your headset. To adjust the volume of what you are hearing, use the Input Volume slider in the Track Info pane. Finally, make sure that the Output Device is set to your headset in GarageBand’s Preferences menu.

Troubleshooting Headphones Not Working on GarageBand

If your headphones are not working on GarageBand, it’s likely that your computer’s audio input and output settings are not correctly set up. To check this, go to the System Preferences on your Mac, then go to the ‘Sound’ option and select the ‘Input’ tab. Make sure that your headphones are selected as the input device. Then, go back to GarageBand and open up the preferences window (Garageband > Preferences). Click on ‘Audio/Midi’ and make sure that your headphones or external sound card are selected as both the Input Device and Output Device. If you have an external sound card, be sure to enable it in the System Preferences > Sound > Output tab. Once you’ve done this, try using your headphones in GarageBand again.

Can Headphones Be Used As Microphones?

Yes, a pair of headphones can be used as a microphone! This is because headphones and microphones both operate on the same principle: converting sound waves into electrical signals. To use headphones as a microphone, all you need to do is connect the headphone plug to the microphone input of your recording device. You may need an adapter depending on the type of plug your headphones have. Additionally, because most headphones are not designed for this purpose, you may get better results if you purchase an adapter that includes a built-in preamp or other signal conditioning tools. If done correctly, this setup should allow you to record sound with decent quality at a fraction of the cost of buying a dedicated microphone.

Troubleshooting Headphone/Mic Issues on Mac

It is possible that your headphones/mic is not working on your Mac due to a few different reasons. First, make sure that the headphone jack is fully plugged into the audio port. Additionally, ensure that any volume settings are properly adjusted, including in the System Preferences > Sound menu. If you are using a USB or Bluetooth headset, ensure that it is properly paired and connected to your Mac. If none of these steps help, try disconnecting and reconnecting the headset or restarting your Mac.


In conclusion, GarageBand is a powerful and intuitive music production software for Mac and iOS devices. It gives users the ability to easily create professional-sounding recordings with an array of virtual instruments, loops, effects, and audio editing tools. With its easy-to-use interface, GarageBand makes it simple to create stunning compositions quickly and easily. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional musician, GarageBand has something to offer everyone.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.