Multiple Inputs To Mac Garageband

With multiple inputs available, you can connect a mic, musical instruments, and media players and mix them all together at the same time. The unit features the ability to combine five sources at once via inputs for a ¼” jack vocal mic (no XLR input or +48 V Phantom Power here), guitar, stereo keyboard, and two stereo line-level devices (such. With multiple inputs available, you can connect a mic, musical instruments, and media players and mix them all together at the same time. The unit features the ability to combine five sources at once via inputs for a ¼” jack vocal mic (no XLR input or +48 V Phantom Power here), guitar, stereo keyboard, and two stereo line-level devices (such as music players, drum machines, etc.).

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Nov 18, 2007  Recording with multiple inputs into GarageBand Posted on November 18, 2007 by Daniel Roop I have found that it was a lot of work to record three seperate tracks, on three seperate computers and then sync them all up afterwards for 2nd Player.

You can create Aggregate Device to increase the number audio inputs and outputs available at the same time. You can also use an Aggregate Device if your application doesn't support separate input and output devices.

With Logic Pro, GarageBand, and MainStage, you can use a separate device for input and output. For example, you can use a USB microphone for input and the headphone jack of your Mac for output. Some applications not manufactured by Apple don't support separate input and output devices.

Set up an Aggregate Device

When you create an Aggregate Device, make sure to connect all external audio interfaces first.

  1. From the Finder, choose Go > Utilities. Open the Audio MIDI Setup application.
  2. Click the Add (+) button on the bottom-left corner in the Audio Devices window and chose Create Aggregate Device.
  3. A new Aggregate Device appears in the list on the left side of the window. To rename the device, double-click it.
  4. With the new Aggregate Device selected, enable the checkbox labeled 'Use' on the left side of the Audio Devices window. Do this for each device you want to include in the Aggregate Device. The order in which you check the boxes determines the order of the inputs and outputs in applications like Logic Pro and MainStage. For example, the first box you checked will be inputs one and two, the second box checked will be three and four, and so on.

    The list on the right shows the currently connected audio devices and the number of input and output channels for each one.

  5. To use the clock of a device as the master clock for all the combined devices, choose the device from the Clock Source menu of the Aggregate Device. Choose the device with the most reliable clock.
  6. If your audio devices all work with word clock, connect them together using a word clock cable. Connect the cable from the device you designated as Clock Source to the input of each other device. Refer to your audio device product documentation for specific details.
  7. If any of your devices don't work with word clock, select the Drift Correction checkbox for any devices not designated clock master.

Use an Aggregate Device with Apple music creation software

  1. Open your application.
  2. Do the following depending on the application you're using:
    • For Logic Pro, choose Logic Pro X > Preferences > Audio, then select Devices.
    • For GarageBand, choose GarageBand > Preferences > Audio.
    • For MainStage, choose MainStage > Preferences > Audio.
  3. Choose the Aggregate Device from the Output Device pop-up menu. Logic Pro and GarageBand automatically set the Input Device to the match the selected output device, which you can change if you want to use a different input device. In MainStage, you must manually select the input device.
  4. In Logic Pro and MainStage, click Apply Changes.
    GarageBand automatically switches to the new input device.

Use the Aggregate Device as the sound output of your Mac

When you set the Aggregate Device as the sound output for your Mac, sounds from other apps on your Mac play through the Aggregate Device. The Aggregate Device also becomes the System Setting option in the Output and Input Device menus of your Apple music creation apps.

  1. From the Finder, choose Go > Utilities. Open Audio MIDI Setup.
  2. Control-click the Aggregate Device in the left column, then choose 'Use this device for sound output' or 'Use this device for sound input.'

Does this sound familiar? You want to starta podcast. You’re on a budget. You’ve already decided to use GarageBand and foundthe perfect mic, but after a little bit of research, you realize the soundquality would be significantly improved using two microphones instead of one. Theproblem is that GarageBand won’t recognize the secondary input.

It seems like it should be easy to connecttwo different microphones to your computer, but it’s not as straightforward asit seems. Even if you do connect two separate microphones, you can end up withtwo individual audio streams.


Here’s how to record input from two separate microphones into a single audio stream. Also, check out my previous post on using GarageBand to record a real instrument playing.

How to Connect Two Microphones to GarageBand

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GarageBand only recognizes a single input,but it is possible to record using two separate devices. You just have to trickthe program into thinking two connections are one. Here’s how to do it.

1. Open Finder and choose Go > Utilities, or hit Command + Shift + U with Finder open.

2. Open the Audio MIDI Setup application.

3. At the bottom left corner of the screen, click the “+.”

4. Choose Create Aggregate Device.

5. When you do this, a new aggregate devicewill appear in the list above. Double-click the device name to rename it.

6. With this device selected, you will see a list of all available audio devices in the Audio Devices window. Select the inputs you want to use. You would select the two microphones you want to use, but make note of the order you select them in. The order they are checked determines the order the system will view the inputs.

7. When you select multiple devices, youwill have the option to select the clock source. Without getting too technical,this will be the audio input the time is based on. Choose the source with themost reliable clock speed.

8. When you have selected the twomicrophones you intend to use, exit from the Audio MIDI Setup.

Choosing the Aggregate Device in GarageBand

Now that you’ve created an aggregatedevice, it’s time to go back into GarageBand and select the proper device.

1. Go to File > New Mixing module in izotope rx. and select the type of project you wish to use.

2. Look in the bottom left corner and click on the arrow beside Details.

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3. Click Input Device and select the aggregate device from the list.

4. Choose the output device you want touse. Note: you do not want to use the Built-in Output, as it can cause audiodistortion in the recording. Instead, use headphones or another output source.

5. Click Choose.

6. Next, go to GarageBand > Preferences and select Audio/MIDI.

7. Select Aggregate Input from the Input Device menu.

8. From there, navigate back to the GarageBand screen and press the Smart Controls button (or just hit the B key.)

9. In the Smart Controls menu, select Input and choose Aggregate Device from the list if it isn’t already selected.

And with that step, you should be set upand ready to record from two microphones. There are still a few issues that mayarise, however. If you have two identical USB microphones, it can be difficultto get the computer to recognize them as individual devices because theirdigital signatures are identical. This may be easier to pull off using separatetypes of microphones.

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If you try to record and find one of themicrophones isn’t working, don’t make the mistake we did and repeat every stepabove—not at first, anyway. The first step should be to check that the secondmicrophone is turned on. Congratulations, and good luck with recording.