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Help me get only GarageBand sounds from my speakers.

I have a Roland RD-700 SX keyboard and I'm using an iRig MIDI to connect to GarageBand on my iPad mini. Currently, the XLR outputs of my Roland keyboard are connected directly to studio monitors. The iRig Midi's IN and OUT are connected to the keyboards OUT and IN, respectively. The problem I've having is that I'm hearing only the Roland's build in sound through the speakers, not the GarageBand sounds, which is all I want to hear. Is it possible to connect things so I only hear the GarageBands sounds? Or do I need more equipment? I'm new at all this so please go slow in your explanations. Thanks.
posted by captainscared on Jul 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Audio solution for apartment: iPod + TV

I live in an apartment and I'd like some sort of speaker/sound system to plug my iPod/iPhone into for playing music. Additionally, if possible, I'd like this solution to allow me to plug my TV into it and get better sound out of that. I know next to nothing about speakers or what I'd want (soundbar? Normal speakers?) so any general information would be welcome. I'm not looking for a multiple-speaker setup but just something that would enhance both my music and TV sound. Thanks for the help.
posted by rastapasta on Jun 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Wedding music options - Buffalo, NY

My partner and I are planning our wedding up in Buffalo, NY, for this October - yay! We've got most things covered at this point, but one thing we're both feeling clueless about is arranging to have music for the ceremony and reception. Can you help? General advice and Buffalo-specific recommendations would be gratefully welcomed! [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on May 28, 2013 - 8 answers

What speakers to buy?

I have $500. I am in the market for speakers. I don't know anything about speakers. What do I buy? [more inside]
posted by rahulrg on May 25, 2013 - 18 answers

Can I hook a second room's speakers up to a single-zone 5.1 receiver?

I have an overabundance of stereo/home theater equipment and I need to simplify. Is it possible to hook a second pair of stereo speakers up to an existing 5.1 system in some way? The receiver does NOT have a second zone. [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt on Apr 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for a device that plays music when it turns on (automatically)

Wanted: a device that places continuous sounds (music, random noise, mp3s) when it is plugged in. Most devices these days require you to plug it in to the wall AND push a button to turn it on. Goal: I want to make my place less attractive to daytime burglars. I live in a small apartment in a complex where everyone (literally) is at work during the day, and there are daytime burglars who use bump keys. I've already thought through door alarms, etc - but I'm looking for something passive and low effort by me. My idea is to buy a timer with random on/off, and connect a device to it that plays household-like noises. But everything I can think of requires you to turn it on manually (probably for energy saving.) I'm not looking for a PC based solution - want an appliance like device. Like radios from the old days - but ideally with music I can preprogram. Any ideas?
posted by StrictlyVague on Apr 16, 2013 - 16 answers

Upgrading to kit stereo tube amp from 5.1 digital receiver

In past questions (1, 2), I've described my stereo setup and my desire to build a stereo tube amp. I have no worries about actually building the kit amp, but I'm not sure what I'd do with all my speakers. In thinking about this, I realized I don't know much about my stereo in the first place. Can you help me understand what it actually means to have a stereo amp? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 11, 2013 - 2 answers

Proper Mounting Techniques

After years of renting, I can finally (finally!) mount my TV and speakers to the walls. Help me not screw this up. There is plaster and lath involved. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Feb 6, 2013 - 10 answers

How should we listen to music at home?

The last time I bought a stereo, Reagan was president. I don't know if they're even called stereos any more. Please help me figure out what I want and how to set it up. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Feb 2, 2013 - 6 answers

Single Speaker for my Nexus 7?

I'm looking for a simple awesome speaker that I can plug my Nexus 7 tablet into. I've used a set of desk speakers in the past, but I hate how there's two of them and the cords get all tangled. I'd ideally like a single speaker that plugs into the wall; something I can blast some sweet tunes on in the kitchen, and then pick it up and move it to the bedroom with a minimum of fuss.
posted by redsparkler on Jan 31, 2013 - 13 answers

On-wall audiophile speaker recommendations for music?

I'm looking for recommendations for decent audiophile speakers (for music) that can be mounted on a wall. [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Jan 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Surround Sound Hook-Up Question

The house the boyfriend and I bought was already wired for surround sound, however, we don't want the receiver in the spot where the previous owners had it. The wires coming out of wall are too short for where we want it, so we would like to use wire extenders to lengthen them. However, I'm not sure what gauge the wires coming out of the wall are, so I'm not positive they're compatible with our speakers. Is there a way to tell what gauge they are, or is that sort of thing pretty standard? This is our first experience with surround sound, so we're pretty clueless, but trying to educate ourselves. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Jan 23, 2013 - 20 answers

High quality home audio setup on the cheap?

I'm moving in March and have decided I would like to put together a nice, high-quality sound setup on the cheap based around a Class-T Amp. On a whim I picked up this one for $16 and am now looking for advice on the other equipment. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jan 21, 2013 - 23 answers

Fix my crummy 80s Hi Fi

Speaker and turntable both on the fritz. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Jan 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Safe to update my iPhone 4S to the latest iOS6 version?

iPhone 4S users: have you updated to the latest iOS6.whatever in the last couple of weeks? Did it go without a hitch? Or have you experienced problems that would make you advise me not to update? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Dec 18, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me rock out with the minimum possible financial outlay.

I'm looking to assemble a home stereo for dirt cheap. What do I need to know and how can I get the most ♪ for the least $? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Dec 5, 2012 - 17 answers

Reccommend me a great music dock

Please recommend me a dock/speaker solution to play music from an iPhone 4s and Android devices as well. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Dec 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me figure out how to wire for my home theatre

What wiring should I run to facilitate building a decent home theatre setup? [more inside]
posted by smcniven on Nov 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Too much white noise from speakers!

How can I reduce the noise my speakers are spewing out from the various electronic things on my desk? Even with nothing playing, there's so much noise. [more inside]
posted by StrictlyVague on Oct 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Ideas for music in my car?

I think my 1993 Toyota Celica will only last another few years, so I don't want to install a new stereo system in it, but the existing speakers are blown and I gotta have some decent way to play music. Can you suggest other alternatives? Mostly interested in playing music from my smartphone, not really concerned with FM radio or CDs. Thanks!
posted by thrasher on Sep 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me make a list of the can't miss speeches of the 2012 DNC convention.

I need help so I don't miss out on watching the best "can't miss" speeches of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. [more inside]
posted by marsha56 on Sep 6, 2012 - 10 answers

If you speak Icelandic, please read!

Do you speak icelandic? If so, you could really help us out! [more inside]
posted by crapples on Aug 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Distortion spins me right round

Recently I received an old hifi (stereo receiver with aux and phono inputs) and two EPI speakers from a family member. The system is quite old, but headphones sound great, as does one of the two speakers. The other sounds blown. What are my options in New York City? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Jul 30, 2012 - 6 answers

The best sound quality $150 can buy

I have a (squishy) $150 to throw at a speaker setup for my living room. Help? [more inside]
posted by pdq on Jul 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Best cheap little wireless speakers?

What's the most portable, cheapest, best quality wireless/Bluetooth speaker(s) out there? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jun 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Did a toddler break my speakers?

I have a pair of vintage Bose 501 speakers that have worked great for the past five years. They are connected to a vintage Yamaha CR-820 receiver. A while ago, my favorite toddler pushed all the buttons on the receiver and the speakers stopped working. She came over again, pushed a bunch of buttons and it started working again. Next time: bunch of pushes, stopped. Now no button pushing seems to matter... is it broken? [more inside]
posted by 10ch on Jun 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Buying new PC Speakers

Recommendations for PC speakers under $50. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Jun 21, 2012 - 5 answers

What is the right home theater system for me, that will work with my pre-wired apartment?

[Home theater filter] Our newly-purchased apartment's living room is pre-wired for speakers but after doing plenty of research I'm totally overwhelmed with options, and not sure what exactly these wires are. Help me figure out what we should buy to take advantage of the hookups? Pictures and details inside. [more inside]
posted by unionsquarepark on May 27, 2012 - 3 answers

A PC, a TV, a DVD ... and a CEO who needs to be heard

I have:
  1. a PC (a HP Compaq 6200 Pro Small Form Factor PC with VGA and dual-mode DisplayPort outputs)
  2. a TV (a Toshiba 55G310U - 55" class 1080p 120Hz LCD TV)
  3. a DVD of a company presentation that we need to play on this PC
  4. a room that seats 9
  5. … and a CEO who is coming very soon who needs the audio from the presentation to be clearly audible.
What do I need? [more inside]
posted by scruss on May 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Quality music/cinema receiver driving at least 130w for cheap?

I need a new amplifier/receiver for music and TV/home-cinema. I've looked at the Onkyo "network" range, especially entry level around £350-£400, but I am sure I could get my hands on an amp from a few years ago with all the features I desire, and save a bundle. I'd really appreciate your advice. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 8, 2012 - 3 answers

I missed meeting Ron Swanson! I'll never be able to eat bacon and eggs again...

What is the best way to monitor the schedules of speakers, bands, shows, or other things* of that sort so that you don't miss them when they come to your neck of the woods? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Apr 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Can you give me recommendations for portable, yet powerful speakers for a laptop?

Can you give me recommendations for portable, yet powerful speakers for a laptop? Audio quality not necessarily the #1 priority. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Mar 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Sonos alternatives for pre-wired speakers?

My house is pre-wired for Sonos, and has speaker cable running from the basement to 6 speakers embedded in the ceiling (2 ceiling speakers in each of 3 zones). I don't want to spend $1500 and I don't need to have more than one zone running at a time. What are my options? Since I have to hook up the receiver in the basement I'd want to control everything from my ipad/iphone (including the switch between zones) and have access to streaming music and streaming radio.
posted by Saucy Intruder on Mar 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find new computer speakers

I need a new pair of computer speakers. [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Mar 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Can I run my computer's sound through my console record player?

I would much rather listen to Pandora through the speakers in this record player than my Insignia computer speakers. The record player has an RCA input on the back, so can I just get a 1/8" stereo-to-RCA adapter and plug it in? [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 on Mar 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Good home music system?

What's the best set-up to listen to music at home? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco on Feb 8, 2012 - 17 answers

What kind of speakers do I need for my wedding?

Help me find the best speaker solution for my upcoming wedding? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jan 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me connect my speakers!

I just bought two Yamaha MSP3 speakers......no cables were provided! Help me connect them. [more inside]
posted by swisspotter on Jan 19, 2012 - 3 answers

getting airfoil to synch audio and video

wireless speakers filter: So, coming down the home stretch for wireless music at my place. Thanks to good advice on a previous question, I have cool speakers, and Airport Express seems to handle iTunes quite well. But now I'm trying to get other audio sources (Safari, etc.) piping through the wifi, and there's a syncing problem, specifically with Airfoil.... [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Dec 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Need TV Speakers For My Parents

I need TV speakers for my parents. How do I figure out which ones I need? [more inside]
posted by pmed on Dec 17, 2011 - 4 answers

I want to build a freaking wall of speakers

I am planning a project for a new years party involving over a hundred speakers of assorted size and Ohm values , Basically the idea is to stack all the speakers to cover an entire wall of a room and wire them all up to an amplifier(s?) what would be the best way to wire them? [more inside]
posted by 70klicks on Dec 12, 2011 - 8 answers

I want to get my groove on with no strings attached

Help me pick out some new android-compatible wireless speakers. [more inside]
posted by Yo Mamma on Dec 12, 2011 - 1 answer

Looking for wireless computer speakers

Can anyone suggest reasonably priced, wireless, computer speakers that sound great?
posted by tangyraspberry on Nov 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Where is the best deal for Cyber Monday speakers?

Asking for a friend: Where is the best Cyber Monday (Cyber Weekend?) deal for home audio? Specifically speakers. [more inside]
posted by slightly sissy tea hound on Nov 24, 2011 - 2 answers

Is "GSM [speaker] buzz" a thing of the past?

Is "GSM [speaker] buzz" a thing of the past? I have an iPhone 4. [more inside]
posted by skwt on Nov 16, 2011 - 15 answers

iTunes and speakers for a small house?

What I have: a MacBook Pro running iTunes. What I need: some speakers and a way to get the music into the other rooms of a small house. [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Nov 7, 2011 - 24 answers

What sort of set up do I need?

Looking for good speakers for an apartment that can be used by both my TV and my laptop within one room. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Oct 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Using new-ish surround speakers with old head unit?

I have a Phillips DVD player/surround system. After making 15 seconds of horrible noise every time you started it up for the last six months, it finally died. How can I hook it up to the old Sony head unit that I had sitting in my basement? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Oct 23, 2011 - 10 answers

My cellphones are all bass and no treble, and this lack of treble troubles me terribly.

The internal speaker quality on most cellphones I've tried seems abysmal, yet no one else I've talked to seems to notice/care -- even those whose cell phones I've tried and which are terrible in exactly the same way. So: (i) Have I just had a string of bad luck with cell phones? (ii) Does anyone else notice this? and (iii) Is there a cellphone review site that actually rates speaker quality on cellphones? Or, better yet: (iv) Are there cellphones that have an equalizer I could use to adjust the speaker to my heart's content? [more inside]
posted by matlock expressway on Oct 9, 2011 - 13 answers

Is it smart to run both my computer and record player audio through an amplifier?

Is it possible to use the same set of speakers/studio monitors with both my computer and record player/amplifier? Is it possible/smart to run both the computer and record player audio through the amplifier? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Oct 8, 2011 - 13 answers

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