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Chapter 19. Managing Hardware > Configuring Audio MIDI Devices

Configuring Audio MIDI Devices

Macintosh computers were born to work with music, and as the years advanced they got better and better. The Audio MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) Setup utility is designed to help you setup all your input and output sound equipment. Of course, if you don't own any external audio equipment then you'll probably never need to come here. But it you do work a lot with audio, Apple has made the process of adding and monitoring external devices, such as electronic keyboards and speakers, a snap.

Configure Audio MIDI Devices

Open the Applications folder, double-click the Utilities folder, and then double-click the Audio MIDI Setup icon.

Click the Audio Devices tab.

Select from the following options:

  • Default Input. Click the pop-up, and then select a default input source.

  • Default Output. Click the pop-up, and then select a default output source.

  • System Output. Click the pop-up, and then select a default system output source.

  • Properties For. Click the pop-up, and then select properties for the default audio source.

  • Clock Source. Click the pop-up, and then select a clock (internal/external).

Click the various Audio Input section pop-ups, and then configure the audio input sources.

Click the various Audio Output section pop-ups, and then configure the audio output sources.

Click the MIDI Devices tab.

Select from the following options:

  • View Icon Size. Drag the slider left or right to decrease or increase the size of the MIDI icons.

  • Configuration. Click the pop-up, and then select from the available configuration options.

  • Add Device. Click to add a MIDI device.

  • Remove Device. Click to remove a MIDI device.

  • Show Info. Click to show information about the selected device.

  • Rescan MIDI. Click to rescan for additional MIDI devices attached to your computer.

  • Test Setup. Click to test the current configuration.

Click the Close button.


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