Multi-channel sound

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by 9hundred, Jun 8, 2003.

  1. 9hundred macrumors member

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    Does the Mac have a multi-channel sound output?

    Are there any options for it and is it properly supported by Apple?
     
  2. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    Depends what you mean, if you mean surround from a DVD, then the Apple DVD player only supports stereo, although you can but 3rd party soundcards with outputs up to 7.1. You'll need a player that'll talk to the outputs though, I think VLC does. Games are supported ny the 3rd party cards.

    If you mean surround in a recording/MIDI sense, then Apple supports multi output via a 3rd party interface like MOTU's 828 FireWire, or emagics EMI 2/6 USB, and pretty much all of the audio/MIDI sytems (Logic, CubaseSX, DP) support multi-channel output. ProTools obviously does, but only in the expensive HD system.

    All Macs come with stereo audio output as standard, and most have stereo input as well.
     
  3. Wardofsky macrumors 65816

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    I've still got that problem, Boston Acoustic 5(v):1 speakers, SPDIF input (similair to headphone plug).

    Looking at M-Audio, but haven't made any decisions.
     
  4. 9hundred thread starter macrumors member

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    I mean mostly for dvd and games with an i-mac fp.
     
  5. daveg5 macrumors 6502a

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    7.1 nice card

    check out the forums at www.insidemacgames.com they have all the info and reader reviews on the m-audio rev 7.1..
    i bought one for $69 at compusa it supports 7.1 output at 24 bits/192hz, sounds great, be forwarned though apple's core audio in itunes, imovie etc. is only 16 bit, still sounds much clearer though, it records at 24 bit/96hz, however would not input on most apps except bias deck 16bit only and peak. as a matter of fact if the app you are using does not implicitly say 24 bits expect 16bit always with this card. must use vlan to output dolby digital not apple's dvd player.
    As it stands apple has not upgraded it audio engine for almost a decade since the av's and those were higher quality with real rsc inputs and outputs, rumor has it that the new powermacs may have an maudio 24bit part, since the os is written for it.
    It also works great in OS9 just not for most games (distortion)
    this is a great buy at under $100 and pci has the bandwith to handle all those channels, i doubt if the usb version can though.
    for pro audio the $149 audiophile is a better buy because it works with virtually all pro apps at the input level, has more mature drivers and pro rca jacks instead of mini jacks and midi/
     
  6. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    You are limited to USB or FireWire 3rd party interfaces then, the pci cards are no use to you.

    I believe there are USB stand-alones out there, I use the eMagic EMI 2/6 at home for music/audio production, but I've never tried playing games through it, as I don't have a multi-channel system at home.
     
  7. G4scott macrumors 68020

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    There is this, but the S/PDIF is optical. I know what kind of connector you need, though. Maybe there is an optical to miniplug converter or something...

    You could also try the external sound blaster extigy or audigy, or whatever it is called...
     

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