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How to turn off internal speakers when using earphones

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Jan 3, 2013 9:17 AM

Hi Folks,


I have GarageBand 11 and use a Mac Pro running 10.6.8


When I’m working in GarageBand I use a headphone with an attached microphone. When I bring a song over from iTunes to edit in GarageBand is there a way I can set GarageBand so that the music only plays through the headphone and not the internal Mac Pro speakers?


My wife is a good woman but there are rumors that could change unless I get this figure out...  Its either that or going to the basement which in and of itself would not be too bad.  But we don't have a basement!



GarageBand (Mac) '11, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)

    How do you plug in the headset?  When I use the headphones, plugged into the "Headphone" port, the internal speakers are disabled automatically. I wonder, why you or your wife are stll hearing the speakers. Does the port not work properly? Have you tried to move the plug for a better contact?


    Or do you set the volume so high, that your wife still can hear the sound just from the headphones?




  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)

    I do not have an USB headphone to check this, but with my USB microphone I select the input source in the System Preferences "Sound" panel. I expect the same should work for the output channel.


    What do you see, when you open System Preferences and select the "Sound" (or "Audio") panel and click the Output tab. You should be able to select a device for system output.





    For example, on my system I see only the internal speakers, but your headset should also appear, unless your device needs a special driver.



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