When your USB sound interface or microphone doesn’t have a headphone output that lets you monitor your voice, and your recording software doesn’t have a direct monitor function either, there are a few tools that can help.
These come with your Mac, but there might be a significant delay or CPU load, which can make these options unusable. But why not try them first?
- Launch Quicktime
File > New Audio Recording
- Select your microphone using the small
vnext to the recording button
- Slide the volume control all the way to the right
You should now hear yourself in your headphones. No need to actually record in Quicktime.
- Start with an empty project or if using a template, delete pre-configured tracks (mark track, then
Track > Delete Track)
- Add a new track:
Track > New Track...
Instrument Setupand select your devices.
I want to hear my instrument as I play and record.
- You should now hear yourself.
If necessary, you can adjust the settings at the bottom right (in the
Browse tab). There’s also an orange-colored on/off switch for the monitoring on the track itself.
If the onboard tools don’t do the trick for you, there are a couple alternatives. These are all a bit old, but so far still seem to work well.
This is one of Rogue Amoeba’s legacy applications. They offer it for free and the rest is pretty much self-explanatory.
Download (alternative download) and open it and you’ll see a bunch of files, but all you need is the
AudioMonitor. Drop it into your applications folder. The first time you run it, you will have to right-click it and select
Select your audio devices and click