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tknaway Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello all, Ive searched multiple sites, and have tried all the ways of figuring this out, but its led me here, with hopes you will be able to help. My wife bought me a macbook pro for my DJ gigs I do every week, and I have always wanted to record my mixes for people who are not able to hear them. I use a Numark mixdeck, and have an RCA to 1/8th cord that i was able to use on my old toshiba laptop to record (only in mono). I tried the same thing with the macbook, but found there was no external mic port to use, so i tried the headphone port, only to find it wont recognize its an input not output. I looked on sites to find a fix where I would be able to change the option of output/input in the sound preferences, however, that does not exsist on my model. So now is my dilemma. Does apple make some kind of cord (thunderbolt perhaps?) that will help see the external input? I was hoping not to buy an external soundcard that would use a USB port to record. Hope you guys can help!


MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: Recording on new macbook pro
    ComputerFixer Level 3 Level 3 (720 points)

    Try using a RCA  to 3.5mm(headphone) cord.  

  • 2. Re: Recording on new macbook pro
    tknaway Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That's what I use. Sorry got my sizes mixed up

  • 3. Re: Recording on new macbook pro
    sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (7,550 points)

    Screen Shot 2013-01-17 at 5.08.36 PM.pngGo to system preferences>sound>input tab. Plug the 1/8" into the headphone jack and the RCA into the mixer. Where it says sound source select input. In the sound window line in should have a line in pop up. highlight that then all you need to do is adjust the level. This from my Mackie connected as I explained. Hope this helps

  • 4. Re: Recording on new macbook pro
    tknaway Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    tried this, and plugged it in, but only thing that shows up is this

     

    Untitled.png

    and no the numark option doesnt work, it doesnt have sound relay option, i tried all output types in actual virtual dj, and checked, still nothing was being relayed, im brand new to mac so maybe im missing something?

  • 5. Re: Recording on new macbook pro
    sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (7,550 points)

    As you can see the MBP is seeing the mixer, so it is a mixer issue. Did you ty the other RCA connector? The 1/8" is a TRS (Tip=left, Ring is right, Sleeve is common/ground) If the cable has one connector at both ends, that means both left & right are going to the tip most likely, and could be cancelling things out. Let me know if there are 2 RCA's. Only one will work.  Send me the model Numark model as it is peobably something simple, like using the correct output.This way I can do some research.  But as you can see the Mac is recognizing the Numark.  Also send me s screen shot f the output tab.  Make sure the 1/8" connector is seated all the way.  Just for the heck of it double click on the Nmark.  Let me know

  • 6. Re: Recording on new macbook pro
    tknaway Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    here is the output screen from computer Untitled.png

     

    this is output from virtual dj

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    maybe the problem is that im using a yellow/white/red RCA instead of just a red/white?

  • 7. Re: Recording on new macbook pro
    sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (7,550 points)

    I just had an issue with mine and I figured out how to see my signal. It stopped working as an input.  Yes just try the red and white cables.  Disconnect everything.  Power off the mac, power the mac back on and hold the following keys: option,command,P,R(no commas) Press these keys before you hear the start chime, continue to hold these keys till you hear the start chime 3 times, then release.  Connect your stuff and see what you get. This resets the audio in the system. There are a couple variations of this depending on the gear. We'll start with the most basic, if it does not work, we go down the line.

  • 8. Re: Recording on new macbook pro
    sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (7,550 points)

    tnkaway,  After thr pram reset, connect just the record out to the mac, then conncect your mic, and see if it sees it.

  • 9. Re: Recording on new macbook pro
    tknaway Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ok, i use that yellow/white/red to 3.5mm, so would i just try it when i get the red/white rca instead, or would the 3 RCA work with just red/white plugged in?

  • 10. Re: Recording on new macbook pro
    sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (7,550 points)

    Just use the red and white from the record ouput to the Mac, with jst your mic. Forget the yellow for now, yellow is a video cable. We need to do this one step at a time.  Did you do the reset I asked, it is called a pram, and deals with video, audio, and a number of other media functions.  Most of the time, these take a few steps to find the offending application, or configuration.

  • 11. Re: Recording on new macbook pro
    sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (7,550 points)

    Please read my last post, keep in mind you are not deling with Apple, you are dealing with Apple users as yourself. We need to go thru this one step at a time, as the screen shots were difficult to read, and the website at Numark was very uninformative at best.  I want to help you, but you have to help me help you.

  • 12. Re: Recording on new macbook pro
    tknaway Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm in process of doing that trick

  • 13. Re: Recording on new macbook pro
    tknaway Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    nothing changed, set it all back up, wasnt able to get the LINE-IN on input tab, only internal mic / numark  which is unresponsive to sound

     

    and i do have the lastest numark driver if that helps

  • 14. Re: Recording on new macbook pro
    sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (7,550 points)

    OK, try this and we will go down the line.

    A smc reset:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3964

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