soundcard expresscard for macbook pro 17"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by The Final Cut, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. The Final Cut macrumors 6502

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    i am trying out some dj stuff and was wondering if adding any usb or expresscard soundcard would give be a second line of audio out of my laptop...
     
  2. firestarter macrumors 603

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    Depends what software you're using, but yes - you can run multiple outputs.

    This sort of question is probably better asked in the digital audio forum.
     
  3. The Final Cut thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah i figured but i wanted a quick response (need to order tonight). just to clarify i mean master mix plays from notebook minijack and another song plays from headphones minjack on the soundcard ... i would also like to confirm that the mic jack on the MBP unibody does not act as line out via software?
     
  4. sochet macrumors regular

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    The answer is maybe, it all depends on the expresscard interface you use. It has to be able to be "Aggregated" in OSX's core audio (which means output 1-2 would be the normal line out and 3-4 from the expresscard interface, in effect making the two interfaces act as one) the downside of this would be higher overall latency and as I said not all cards support this.


    Good luck!
     
  5. firestarter macrumors 603

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    sochet may be on to something there - and there may be problems using both at once.

    USB audio interfaces are cheap enough though and many have 4+ outputs (to support surround sound etc.) so it may be easier just picking up something like that. Can't go wrong with Edirol, M-Audio etc.
     
  6. The Final Cut thread starter macrumors 6502

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    would the creative xfi work or can i go cheaper (or must i spend more)?
     

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