Audio MIDI Setup is a utility app that comes pre-installed on Mac computers. It allows you to configure and manage audio and MIDI devices connected to your Mac, such as speakers, microphones, keyboards, and sequencers. You can use Audio MIDI Setup to create a surround sound environment, combine audio devices into a single aggregate device, play audio through multiple devices at once, and set up and test MIDI devices.
In this article, we will show you how to download and use Audio MIDI Setup on Mac.
How to Download Audio MIDI Setup on Mac
Audio MIDI Setup is already installed on your Mac by default, so you don't need to download it from anywhere. You can find it in the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder. Alternatively, you can use Spotlight to search for it and launch it from there.
How to Use Audio MIDI Setup on Mac
Audio MIDI Setup has two main windows: Audio Devices and MIDI Studio. You can switch between them by choosing Window > Show Audio Devices or Window > Show MIDI Studio from the menu bar.
How to Use Audio Devices Window
The Audio Devices window shows all the audio input and output devices connected to your Mac. You can select a device and adjust its settings, such as volume, sample rate, channel configuration, and device name. You can also create an aggregate device that combines multiple audio devices into one, or a multi-output device that plays audio through multiple devices at once.
To set up audio devices in Audio MIDI Setup, follow these steps:
Connect your audio devices to your Mac and, if necessary, install any software included with the devices.
In the Audio MIDI Setup app on your Mac, in the sidebar of the Audio Devices window, select a device. Note: For iOS and iPadOS devices, first click Enable, then select the device.
Adjust the settings for the selected device as needed. You can use the Input and Output tabs to change the volume, balance, sample rate, format, and channel configuration. You can also rename the device by clicking its name at the top of the window.
If you want to create an aggregate device or a multi-output device, click the Add button (+) at the bottom of the sidebar and choose Create Aggregate Device or Create Multi-Output Device. Then select the devices you want to include in the new device and adjust their settings as needed.
If you want to set up external speakers for stereo or surround sound, click Configure Speakers at the bottom of the window and choose the speaker layout and assignment.
If you want to test your audio devices, click Play Sound at the bottom of the window and choose a sound effect to play through the selected device.
How to Use MIDI Studio Window
The MIDI Studio window shows all the MIDI devices connected to your Mac. You can use MIDI Studio to describe the configuration of your MIDI devices and their connections. You can also view information about each device, such as its name, manufacturer, model, icon, color, properties, and ports.
To set up MIDI devices in Audio MIDI Setup, follow these steps:
Connect your MIDI devices or a MIDI interface to your Mac. If you're using an interface device, connect any other MIDI devices you're using to the interface. Also check that any software provided by the manufacturer of the MIDI devices has been installed.
In the Audio MIDI Setup app on your Mac, choose Window > Show MIDI Studio.
In the MIDI Studio window, click the Choose MIDI Configuration pop-up menu (it may show Default), then choose New Configuration.
Enter a name for the new configuration, then click OK.
To add a new external MIDI device, click the Add button (+) in the MIDI Studio toolbar.
To set properties and add or remove ports for the MIDI device, double-click the device's icon or select it and click the Device Info button in the toolbar. In the Properties window, you can do any of the following:
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