6714 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Sep 9, 2010 7:20 PM by ShedEntertainment
Devices plugged into the Sound In port do not automatically play through the computer's speakers. The Mac OS itself does not perform this function - it's performed by the specific program you are running.
What exactly are you trying to do? Capture sound into the computer, or just 'pass' it through from a hifi or something?
OK, Garage band mutes the record enabled track by default to avoid feedback problems. On the track, click the mute button. That MAY get you some sound, but playing a recorded channel through the system speakers is not the way to do it. Use headphones to monitor your keyboard. The Mac sound system has a delay that will throw you off badly.
http://www.bulletsandbones.com/GB/GBFAQ.html is a site dedicated to Garage band use.
Thanks for the reply.
I'll try your suggestions re GarageBand, except I'm doubtful as to whether that will work, as the sound used to play through the speakers regardless of what program I had open - if I wanted to use the (musical) keyboard, I'd just plug it in and it'd come through the speakers even on the desktop.
I'll keep you posted, thanks again for the replies.
There's actually another reason not to play instruments directly through the eMac sound system. All instruments, but basses and keyboards in particular, produce transients that can damage the speakers, or fry the sound circuits. Use a compressor/limiter between the instrument and the computer, and you'll be fine.
If you get the usual startup chime and other system sounds, look at your Garage Band settings.