8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 10, 2012 9:39 PM by RyanManUtd
RyanManUtd Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

Hi there,

 

I connect 2 numbers of microphone to garageband via a audio interface Liquid Saffire Pro 56 wanting to record a duet singing.

 

I turn off the main volume for monitor (speaker) & then turn on the volume level for headphone.

 

The singer with the headphone can hear the music from the system but it cannot hear the other person singing on another mic. With this problem, both of the singers find it difficult to sync with each other.

 

Any ideas ? Where did I go wrong ?

 

Cheers

 

Thanks


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  • 1. Re: How to listen to the other person singing ?
    Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,275 points)

    I take it that your headphones are plugged into the interface? Is there a way to switch between the signal that goes into GB and the one that comes from GB?

     

    The easiest solution for your problem: get a little splitting adaptor that allows to plug in two sets of headphones and plug it into the computer's headphones jack. In both tracks, turn on monitoring in the info pane. Now both singers should be able to hear both vocal tracks in their headphones.

  • 2. Re: How to listen to the other person singing ?
    RyanManUtd Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Christoph Drösser wrote:

     

    I take it that your headphones are plugged into the interface? Is there a way to switch between the signal that goes into GB and the one that comes from GB?

     

    The easiest solution for your problem: get a little splitting adaptor that allows to plug in two sets of headphones and plug it into the computer's headphones jack. In both tracks, turn on monitoring in the info pane. Now both singers should be able to hear both vocal tracks in their headphones.

    Thanks Chris,

     

    Yes, both headphones are pluged into the audio interface. The audio interface has two ports for headphones.

     

    What you meant by "turn on monitoring in the info panel" ?

     

    Thanks

  • 3. Re: How to listen to the other person singing ?
    Edgar Level 4 Level 4 (1,170 points)

    There are a couple of things you have to be aware off:

     

    Speakers vs headphones.

    GarageBand has only one output signal. Regardless where you send that signal (computer out, USB interface, etc) it is one signal. If you hooked it up to a speaker and headphone(s), they should all have the same signal. If two singers listen to the same GarageBand output and they claim they hear different singals, that is not possible.

     

    Multitrack Recording

    I assume that you have Multitrack recording enabled in GarageBand so you can record the two singers on two different Tracks.

     

    Monitoring.

    What Christoph is referring to is the Monitor setting on your Track. The Electric Guitar Track has this button visible on the Track Header automatically but a Basic Audio Track does not. You have to enabled it in the Track Menu. That's where you also enable MultiTrack Recording

     

    Monitoring.png

     

     

    Once you made the Monitor button on the Track Header visible, you can choose to set Monitor on or off. Click on the button to open a little popup menu with the option. You have to turn Monitoring on so the microphone signal reaches the output (and the headphone of the singer).

     

    Header.png

    The feedback options helps if you are recording a microphone in the same room whee you listen to the monitor speakers.

     

     

    Hope that helps

     

    Edgar Rothermich

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  • 4. Re: How to listen to the other person singing ?
    isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,155 points)

     

    Speakers vs headphones.

    GarageBand has only one output signal. Regardless where you send that signal (computer out, USB interface, etc) it is one signal. If you hooked it up to a speaker and headphone(s), they should all have the same signal. If two singers listen to the same GarageBand output and they claim they hear different singals, that is not possible.

     

     

    I think it is possible with his Liquid Saffire Pro 56. The mixing/routing software that controls the interface does allow routing of input signals to the two headphone outputs. I never used one but it is really flexible piece of hardware.

  • 5. Re: How to listen to the other person singing ?
    Edgar Level 4 Level 4 (1,170 points)

    Yes, Audio Interfaces usually provide their own little mixer/routing and many musicians use that especially for recording to create a monitoring/headphones setup or just to eliminate the latency when listening "through" the DAW.

    Using those external mixing and routing options makes it even more important to have the proper Monitor setting in GarageBand.

  • 6. Re: How to listen to the other person singing ?
    RyanManUtd Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Thanks but how come I don't have the option as in your red arrow ?

    Edgar wrote:

     

     

    Monitoring.png

     

     

    Once you made the Monitor button on the Track Header visible, you can choose to set Monitor on or off. Click on the button to open a little popup menu with the option. You have to turn Monitoring on so the microphone signal reaches the output (and the headphone of the singer).

     

     

  • 7. Re: How to listen to the other person singing ?
    isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,155 points)

    If you don't see it you may be using a older version of garageband. If this is the case these options are on by default.

  • 8. Re: How to listen to the other person singing ?
    RyanManUtd Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    isteveus wrote:

     

    If you don't see it you may be using a older version of garageband. If this is the case these options are on by default.

    Thanks, so I have to select the Monitor ON button ?