Headphone monitoring: How to get stereo?

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  1. Quincy macrumors newbie

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    Hey, all:

    This is probably an ignorant question, as I am a MAJOR computer-recording newbie (just got Garageband 48 hrs. ago), but here goes . . .

    I have GB2 on a new iMac. I'm doing guitar and vocals through an ART tube pre-amp, from there into an mAudio FastTrack (the latter being primarily for the USB connection). I bought these decent stereo headphones (Sony MDR-V700s) for monitoring. I live in a tight space and can't keep everyone awake with real monitor speakers.

    Problem is, the headphones have a 1/4" stereo jack. And no matter where I plug this thing in--i.e., to the back of the computer, or into the headphone jack on the FastTrack--the process of going from 1/4" to 1/8", with an adaptor, cuts out one of the channels. I get sound only in the left channel.

    The obvious solution would be to cut out the adaptor, I realize (and I should add here that I've checked on my stereo to make sure the headphones work properly in both channels: they do). But I don't see a 1/4" jack anywhere that would receive them. There's one on the back of the ART pre-amp, but that'll always be taken up with outputting the signal, either into the FastTrack or by some more direct cable-to-USB method.

    Any ideas? It's such a boneheaded problem, but I'm sort of stuck for solutions.

    Many thanks,
    Q
     
  2. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    Check to see if the 1/8" plug is a steroe plug (2 black bands).

    If it isn't , go get a stereo adaptor, if it is, try another adaptor anyway...

    Sounds like you ahve an adaptor problem... ;)

    The best adaptors are short cables that have a 1/8" plug on one end and a 14" socket on the other, the all-in-one design isn't too reliable from 1/4 to 1/8".
     
  3. Quincy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Re: Headphone monitoring: How to get stereo?

    Thanks a lot. I'll probably end up getting a new adaptor.

    It looks, though, like the thing I have (Monster iStudioLink) is just what you're describing. Short cable, 1/4" to 1/8", two black bands on the 1/8" plug.

    On the other hand, it's designed specifically for electric guitars, so maybe it's mono?

    Again, the advice is much appreciated.

    Q
     
  4. Quincy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Um, duh . . .

    Ignore my last. I just looked at the tech description on the site where I bought the Monster iStudioLink.

    I guess the part where it says "mono cable" was probably meant to suggest that it's a mono cable.

    Thanks, WinterMute. Sometimes one needs to have the obvious pointed out.

    On my way to RadioShack.

    Q.
     
  5. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    Two black bands can also mean "balanced" cabling.

    We all make mistakes occasionally, buying wrong adaptor= not too bad, kissing wrong girl at party= bad mistake, pushing wrong button on Nuclear Attack Submarine= Very bad mistake....

    I need coffee.
     
  6. JonoColesUK macrumors member

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    brilliant, simply brilliant

    lol :p
     

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