Ack, I don’t know from optical!
I have a Mac G5, which has optical in and out ports. I record using a Sharp MDR, which has an optical line-in port. For one-on-one interviews, I use two binaural Viper lapel mics, and the end of those I plug, of course, into the mic-in port on the MDR. To play back into my Mac for editing, I record my MDR’s contents into Peak, using the headset (remote) port on the MDR, and the analog cable that plugs into that port.
Works fine, but what I really want to do is take advantage of my digital capablities, and use those optical ports! My MDR came with a cable that seems to do me no good. One end is 1/8″ to fit into the MDR, and the other is optical. I tried plugging the optical end into my optical out port on my Mac, and then playing back some sound from my MDR, into Peak, like I usually do — BTW, I had the 1/8″ end of the cable plugged into the headset port, which is how I normally record into my Mac.
Alas, NO sound at all! My uneducated guess is that I need a different cable. My MDR’s docmentation is really, really BAD and shows no optical hook up between the MDR and a computer, only a diagram for optical hook up between speakers and the MDR.
Any help is greatly appreciated!