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audio midi setup


Configuring Audio MIDI Setup for High End Audio

Audio MIDI Setup can be used to configure your Audio Device (e.g. a Digital-to-Analog Converter, or "DAC") for sound output.  Audio MIDI Setup can be found under Applications/Utilities:

It is a good idea to drag the Audio MIDI Setup icon down into your Dock for handy access if it is not already there.

To select your audio device for sound output, follow these steps:

  • Quit all applications and restart your machine
  • After your restart your machine, launch Audio MIDI Setup. You should see a screen like this, and your specific audio device (DAC)
  • Right-click (or CTRL-click) on your interface in the left-hand column, and select "Use this device for sound output."
  • After it has been accepted, launch your audio application(s).  You should now be able hear music through your device

For OS X Lion and Mountain Lion Users

For OS X Snow Leopard Users

If ever you lose sound to your device, it is a good idea to follow these steps:

  • Verify all connections (power cables, USB/Firewire/Thunderbolt, etc.)
  • Ensure your audio device is powered on
  • Quit all applications and restart your machine
  • Launch Audio MIDI Setup and verify that your device is indeed being used for sound output


If you have Audirvana, launch Audirvana and iTunes and make sure Audirvana is recognizing your audio device:


If you have Amarra, launch Amarra and go into Preferences.  Make sure Amarra is set to follow Core Audio Settings: