use keyboard volume button AND external audio interface?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by davidnssbm, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. davidnssbm macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2009
    Hi. I have an Audiobox USB audiointerface with KRKROKIT5 speakers and must turn up or down the volume on the interface. the Keyboard button wont work.

    But my father uses Bose speakers but can do both! However, he does not use an audio interface.

    Can I get my imac to do both? And if so, is this a good idea with such good speakers? Is the keyboard just turning it up digitally?

    I only ask because it can be annoying reaching up over the speaker to turn the nob instead of just hitting a button on the keyboard.

  2. UpQuark macrumors member


    Jan 8, 2002
    Zushi, Japan
    Since you are sending audio data to your speakers via USB, you cannot change the audio sound. The data is digital, via USB, and not analog. Analog is a wave form and will change in amplitude to change the sound volume.

    Not much you can do.... Your dad's speakers are via the audio port, ya?
  3. davidnssbm thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2009
    correct. Thanks for clarifying. Maybe I'll just move the audiobox to under the imac on the stand where I don't need to reach up.
  4. jackerin macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    I could actually do that with the M-Audio FW Solo. I couldn't do it, however, when the drivers weren't installed, so it could be up to the software.

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