external sound card and built-in microphone [combine audio from multiple input devices]

  • Yes! With FarPlay’s new input mixer, bringing in audio from multiple devices on a Mac is so easy! Create an aggregate audio device in Mac’s audio setup, choose that aggregate device as the input in FarPlay, and then use FarPlay’s mixer to choose the channels you’d like to include in the mix to send to your FarPlay session. Step-by-step instructions for a similar setup are at https://farplay.io/mixer/?os=mac#multipleinputdevices.

    And, yes, please turn off the monitors to avoid feedback.

    Note: For current Macs (2016 and newer), we don’t recommend using the built-in microphone for making music in rhythmic sync. The built-in mic adds about 30 ms of latency, but if you’re just using the mic for “talkback,” that’s fine.

    Try the setup above first. Then, if you’d like to use effects applied in a DAW, bring the sound from your Apogee into a DAW, and send your DAW’s output to BlackHole https://existential.audio/blackhole/ (or another virtual sound card). Include BlackHole in your aggregate device, and choose the appropriate channels in FarPlay’s mixer. This is a variation on the steps at https://farplay.io/audio-from-another-app/#fromdaw.

    • This reply was modified 6 months ago by David Liao. Reason: Updated URL for steps for using multiple input devices with mixer

    I have a Mac mini with integrated sound card and a Boss pedalboard for electric bass: if I connect the USB output of the pedalboard to the USB input of the Mac mini, what should I assign to the FarPlay microphone?
    Thanks
    Tony

    Hi David, let’s suppose we have a Mac mini with integrated sound card and a Boss pedalboard for electric bass: if I connect the USB output of the pedalboard to the USB input of the Mac mini, what should I assign to the FarPlay microphone? Is it perhaps useful to use a virtual sound card?
    Thanks
    Tony

    Hi Tony, if your pedalboard acts like a USB audio interface (as seems to be the case for the model described at https://www.fivestarguitars.com/products/boss-gt-1#:~:text=Finally%2C%20the%20USB%20jack%20on,computer.), you don’t need a third-party virtual sound card.

    If you just want to bring the guitar audio into your FarPlay session, select the pedalboard itself as the mic. If you want to bring the guitar audio and audio from a talkback mic into your FarPlay session, use the instructions linked above at https://farplay.io/mixer/?os=mac#multipleinputdevices to create an aggregate device that uses both your pedalboard and your talkback mic. Then, assign the aggregate device as the microphone in FarPlay.

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