How to listen to cued tracks through headphones while using a Macbook?

 

I bought an Akai APC20 with Ableton Lite last week and am having a blast. One problem I do have is I am unable to listen to cued tracks separate from the main audio output, so I cannot manipulate them on the fly (so far, I just trying to use Ableton to DJ). I am running Ableton on a Macbook with only one audio output and one audio input. How can I set up headphones so I can preview upcoming tracks before I play them through the mains?

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dankodyssey 2 years ago | 0 comments

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  • scottiedo
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    Get an audio interface with more than 1 stereo output. It will solve this problem, give you better D/A conversion quality and take some strain off your CPU.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • RobertX
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    If your only audio output device is the Mac's headphone jack, you can't preview tracks separate from the main output, because the headphone jack *is* the main output. You have to have a second stereo output, either via PC Card slot, firewire, or USB.

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • karstenisgerman
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    you can set master output to 1 and cue to 2, then you are approximating master v. cue in L and R of headphones but obviously your hearing everything in dual mono now instead of dual stereo (ie master stereo, and cue stereo)

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • kruegersc4
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    Actually, there is a way to use your Macbook's headphone jack to cue. Search for 'audio midi setup' on your computer. With this, you can create an 'aggregate device' that combines your interface and the built-in output. Ableton should see this new device with the two additional outputs. Note that I have to restart Ableton after configuring the cueing to get it to work.

    1 year ago | 0 comments

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