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Optical I/O on a G5 not working... Or something...

Posted on 2004-04-06
Last Modified: 2013-12-27

I am trying to record a DAT into my G5 using the Optical I/O... When I go to my Sound Prefs, it allows me to pick Optical Digital-In as an option, but when I play my DAT, there is no visible (or audible) sound input. Also, after switching to Optical Digital-In in the Sound Prefs, audio applications that are supposed to use whichever setting is set in the Sound Prefs continue to show Built-In Audio.

Am I missing a setting somewhere? An extension?

Question by:timsamoff
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Expert Comment

ID: 10767338
What applications are you using to record? You may have to use an app that knows how to handle digital inputs like SoundTrack or SoundStudio.

Author Comment

ID: 10768102
I was going to use Audacity (OpenSource), but I didn't get that far... I'm at the point where I just want to see audio level in my Sound Prefs.


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Expert Comment

ID: 10768154
Try SoundStudio. It may have come with your machine. It did with mine.

Author Comment

ID: 10768220
Just downloaded and tried SoundStudio... No different. When I choose Optical In, nothing happens -- rather, I don't get a level from my DAT.

I'm beginning to think that my S/PDIF cable might be bad -- I haven't used it in quite a while -- but there's not other way I can test it right now.

I'd like to think that I'm forgetting a setting somewhere. :) Generally, is switching to Digital In in the Sound Prefs all one should have to do?

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weed earned 400 total points
ID: 10768235
Yep, sounds like youre doing everything right. Try replacing the cable.

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