Firewire/USB out to 1/4" in? help would be appreciated

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  1. pyx macrumors newbie

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    whats up everybody.

    i write a lot of music on my new macbook, and i was wondering if somebody would be able to suggest the best way for me to plug into my mixer. Is there a piece of hardware that acts as an interface? Or is there a much simpler solution im just looking over? firewire/usb out ( from the macbook ) to 1/4"input ( to the mixer ) again, any help would be greatly appreciated


    -pyx
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    By 1/4" do you mean a Phono Jack? If so, any simple 1/8" to 1/4" adapter would work, just connect it to the headphone out on the MB. They are just a few dollars at any Radio Shack, Circuit City, or Best Buy, and at many Hyper/Super Markets or other box store with electronics department.

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  3. nb705 macrumors newbie

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    If this is going into a semi-decent mixer you'll find that if you use an 1/8" to 2 1/4" jacks then you'll get noise from the power supply.

    The way a lot of touring bands do it is to use an external soundcard. These range in price from £5 for a cheap USB one to several hundred pounds for a usb/firewire to balanced XLR one (with Jensen Transformers).

    Please ensure that if you are going from a stereo output (the minijack on your machine, or from a standard usb soundcard) that you go to two unbalanced quarter inch jacks.
     
  4. pyx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yea thats kinda what i was planning on. so a usb soundcard i guess would be the interface im lookin for then eh?
     
  5. TEG macrumors 604

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    That is only true in desktops. Since all AC power is contained outside of the system, there is little to no interference from the headphone jack.

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  6. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a

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    No need for a fancy USB device or anything like that. I use my MBP for playback in live audio all the time without issue. If for some reason you find that you get a bit of noise (more than likely from the mixer your using) look into a DI Box that you can get from a guitar store or any pro audio store for about $30-$100 depending on what you want.

    I would go for a passive DI box that needs no external phantom power. Find something that has a ground lift on it. I use a Jensen D90 DI box which is active but it has a pad on it and a ground lift and uses a Jensen Transformer which pretty much resolves any bad power or noise that can be generated.

    Peace:cool:
     

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