External soundcard for my PowerBook?

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  1. andysmith macrumors 6502

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    I'm looking to buy an external soundcard for my Mac, to use with Traktor DJ Studio - so I have a seperate audio output for cueing tracks.
    The ones I'm looking at though don't seem to mention OS X - and I can't really find much about them:
    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?product_uid=78427
    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?product_uid=79214

    I'm not too bothered about the sound quality - I'd probably only use it for a headphone output, and leave the main audio coming out of the built-in sound.
    Does anyone know if those two would work, or are there any others that are recommended?
     
  2. faintember macrumors 65816

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    I dont think those will work, as they are setup to realize 5.1 and other typical surround setups.
    Take a look at the M-Audio Audiophile.
     
  3. andysmith thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Bit out of my price range, that :D
    I'm only looking to spend under £75 at the most (around $130).

    Even though they're 5.1 - they should still work for 2-channel, I'd imagine?
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I have an M-Audio Transit on one of my Minis for 5.1 sound. It works fine, has OSX drivers and will work in stereo. I've never tried using it as a second output as you are describing though...
     
  5. faintember macrumors 65816

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    See thats the rub. I dont think that you can use the headphone out on the interface that you mentioned as a means of pre-cuing another audio source. Basically andysmith needs an interface that will allow for a separate headphone mix.
     
  6. andysmith thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well Traktor can select a different audio device for its output:

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    So I presume, as long as OS X saw it, it would appear there.
     
  7. TDM21 macrumors 6502a

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    If all you want the adapter to do is give output for headphones then the Griffin iMic sounds like what you need. It gives you audio in/out through your usb port. Plus it is fairly cheap.

    http://griffintechnology.com/products/imic/
     
  8. andysmith thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ooh brilliant - I didn't know the iMic had an output too.
    It'll also come in useful for my partner's iBook as a line-in.

    Cheers :)
     

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