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Postby IAA » Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:06 pm

Hi all,

I'm just refreshing my studio and I have an old but decentish MacBook pro which outputs through an Apogee One. I'm wanting to use this computer in effect as an instrument by using a couple of software programs outputting audio through the One into my main interface and mac recording system The One (interface for the MacBook has a 3.5mm out so I was just wondering the best audio connector to this - is it as simple as a 3.5mm stereo out to two XLR/TRS?

https://www.gear4music.com/G4M/Rean-Neutrik-35mm-TRS-Jack-to-2-x-Female-XLR-Plugs-3-Metre/37PY?origin=product-ads&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpdqDBhCSARIsAEUJ0hMz_vK0b-2Bvads8eLancnATdkg0W-XCYcUTiiER2M-BLgqg9ouCp4aAsnmEALw_wcB

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Re: Audio out of separate Mac

Postby blinddrew » Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:28 pm

I'd suggest you want TRS not XLR on the end, otherwise you'll be going through the mic pre again on the receiving end.
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Re: Audio out of separate Mac

Postby IAA » Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:11 pm

Yes good point!
I’ve just put an SSD in the MacBook and it’s like a new machine which inspired me to incorporate into my studio.

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Re: Audio out of separate Mac

Postby blinddrew » Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:13 pm

That's two things I've got right today, I think I'll retire! ;)
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Re: Audio out of separate Mac

Postby James Perrett » Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:57 pm

I'd go stereo 3.5mm to 2x TS plugs rather than TRS - unless you are wiring your own and know how to create a pseudo balanced cable.
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Re: Audio out of separate Mac

Postby blinddrew » Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:59 pm

Doh! Yes, that makes much more sense.
I thought that twice in a day was a bit iffy!
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Re: Audio out of separate Mac

Postby James Perrett » Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:04 pm


Just followed that link and it appears that Gear4Music don't have a clue about cables. They're going to end up with a bunch of unhappy customers with that description of what the cable does.
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Re: Audio out of separate Mac

Postby Mixedup » Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:50 am

An alternative approach, which would dispense with the conversion stages and analogue connection, would be to use Audiogridder.
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Re: Audio out of separate Mac

Postby Mike Stranks » Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:18 am

James Perrett wrote:

Just followed that link and it appears that Gear4Music don't have a clue about cables. They're going to end up with a bunch of unhappy customers with that description of what the cable does.

Not just G4M... They're all just as bad with the way that type of cable - or anything slightly unmainstream - is wired... I have a nice collection of useless cables/adaptors here that I bought in my naivety.
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Re: Audio out of separate Mac

Postby IAA » Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:00 am

I have a nice collection of useless cables/adaptors here that I bought in my naivety.
. Mmm me too, I’ve gone for 3.5 to TS and see where we get to. It strikes me I’d benefit from a better understanding of the basics here so I’m off to read up...... :headbang:

would be to use Audiogridder.
Looks interesting, though not come across it. If the cable proves a latency nightmare I may look into it further.

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Re: Audio out of separate Mac

Postby Luke W » Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:27 am

Mike Stranks wrote:
James Perrett wrote:

Just followed that link and it appears that Gear4Music don't have a clue about cables. They're going to end up with a bunch of unhappy customers with that description of what the cable does.

Not just G4M... They're all just as bad with the way that type of cable - or anything slightly unmainstream - is wired... I have a nice collection of useless cables/adaptors here that I bought in my naivety.

Wiring aside, the female XLRs aren't going to help much either. :lol:
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Re: Audio out of separate Mac

Postby blinddrew » Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:38 am

I think the descriptions generally come from the manufacturer rather than the seller - but yes, that's a bit of a nonsense, it's more of a combiner cable than a splitter. I wonder how it's actually wired?
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Re: Audio out of separate Mac

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:27 pm

I'm tempted to email them to ask.... :mrgreen:
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