Knowledgebase: Audio Interfaces
Cubase And Apple Mac Pros Built-in Audio Device
Posted by Rick Shao on 16 November 2015 06:43 AM

Owners of an Apple Mac Pro will discover five driver entries for the built-in audio device in the "ASIO Driver" pull down menu of Cubase's "VST Audio System" set up (Devices/Device Setup…): Built-in Audio (1), Built-in Audio (2), Built-in Audio (3) etc.


The selected driver specifies the inputs and outputs that are used by Cubase for playback and recording.

The available configurations are listed in the following chart:

ASIO Driver Playback Recording
Built-In Audio (1) headphones / internal speaker analog line-in
Built-In Audio (2) headphones / internal speaker digital line-in
Built-In Audio (3) headphones / internal speaker no input
Built-In Audio (4) analog line-out no input
Built-In Audio (5) digital line-out no input

If you want to use the internal audio device of a Mac Pro for recordings in Cubase you are bound to the internal speaker for playback. The speaker is connected to the headphones output at the front (3.5 mm jack socket) and will be muted when you connect headphones or an according audio cable.

Settings of the Mac OS X utility "Audio MIDI Setup" do not affect the usage of built-in audio inputs and outputs in Cubase.

Source: Steinberg © 2006 Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

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