Turntables -> Mixer -> Garageband -> Stereo

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Zap Handsome, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. Zap Handsome macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2006
    Hi all. New Macbook Pro owner. New to this forum. Sorry if I am repeating earlier posts, but I have been searching far and wide for some kind of solution to the problem I am having.

    My turntables are hooked up to my Stanton M.303 3-Channel Mixer, which then has an output that feeds into the Line In on my laptop. In Garageband, I have created a new track using the option for "real insturment" and i can see the volume lines on the track bouncing but I cannot hear any sound. If I record this track, it registers an audio recording - still no sound. When I stop recording and play the track i just recorded, I can hear what I recorded very clearly.

    What I want to know is: Why can't I hear my turntables in any situation other than when I play back a recording? I have spent a lot of time messing with the System Preferences and have tried every single combination even aside from the combination that I know should be correct.

    Shouldn't I be able to hear what is coming into my Line In even though I am not recording it???? Or when I am recording it???

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
  2. Mydriasis macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2005
    is monitoring turned on for the real instrument?

    ....in the info palette

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  3. Zap Handsome thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2006
    thanks for the quick response Mydriasis.

    as far as i can remember, i turned the monitor ON last night at one point, and suddenly I could hear through my headphones.... ELATION!!!

    But.... then i realized I was just listening to the laptop's built-in microphone.

    However, because I was messing with the system preferences so much, i may have momentarily had them set to the built-in mic instead of the Line In at the moment I turned the Monitor to ON.

    I will try that again tonight with the monitor on and the Preferences set to Line In. That's what you suggest, right?

    Again: thanks for the quick response.
  4. Mydriasis macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2005
    yup, and no problem! :D
  5. vinylator macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2006
    Try this app called LineIn: http://www.rogueamoeba.com/freebies/

    LineIn is a simple application for OS X to enable the soft playthru of audio from input devices. In simpler terms, you can use LineIn to play sound coming in through a microphone or any other device plugged in to your Sound In port, just as was once available with OS 9's "Play input through output device" option. Use it with Audio Hijack to record audio from external devices (Audio Hijack Pro now has this functionality built right in).

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