MacBook at shows?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by it5five, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. it5five macrumors 65816

    it5five

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    Recently me and my girlfriend have been making some music on our macs since we got them. Someone we know has asked us to play some shows with them, and I have some simple beats and stuff on my MacBook, and was wondering how I'd use the MacBook in a live setup to act as the drum machine? I pretty much have no idea where to start/what to buy to accomplish this. If anyone would be so kind to explain or just post a link to somewhere where I can read up on it, it would be much appreciated.
     
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    this is done all the time. simplest approach is to get an adapter, 1/8" stereo [TRS] (for the mac headphone output) to a pair of 1/4" males, mono [TS], for the mixing board.

    OR you could get any number of USB or firewire devices which would offer a stereo out which would go to the board.

    on stage, i use an mbox, 'cuz it sounds (marginally) better than the headphone out, the cable-only is a little flimsy, and it gives me a hardware volume control.
     
  3. it5five thread starter macrumors 65816

    it5five

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    Thanks. I just wasn't sure of the equipment I'd need for it. I'll look into the mbox.
     
  4. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    i use the mbox because i use ProTools. if i didn't, i wouldn't get digi hardware. it's overpriced, imo.
     
  5. scottlinux macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah mbox is only a stereo (two channel) input, and USB. Bluh. It has a lot of hype, but check out m-audio's pro tools compatible devices for alternatives.
     
  6. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816

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    If you are on a budget, look into M-Audio's range of interfaces. Cheap as chips, and you can still run Pro Tools at a later date. M-Audio are compatible with just about every piece of software out. Prices are from about 80-150 (£, $, whatever)

    But as zimv20 says the easiest (and cheapest) method, the lead he quotes would set you back less than £5 or what ever your currency :)
     
  7. iamhammill macrumors 6502

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    I found a 1/8" out to stereo RCA jacks the easiest (and cheapest, $4) This then can go to monitor speakers a DJ would use, or into a mixer which you can send to a PA system or whatever. If you don't have a budget for more speakers, you can buy 1/8" to 1/4" and plug into a standard guitar/bass amp using a convential guitar cable.
     

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