Monitoring audio

I have the latest iMac (27") and downloaded Audacity using the .dmg installer. I’m using OSX 10.8.4 and Mountain Lion.

The mic I use is the Blu Yeti. For some reason, I am unable to hear it when recording. I can see my voice on the vu meter and can hear it on playback.

This makes it virtually impossible to record a radio program, especially mixing music and voice.

The same mic works perfectly with Garage Band 11’s monitor and with Sound Studio 3.

So why can’t I monitor audio on Audacity with my iMac? Your insights appreciated.

Audacity > Preferences > Recording > [X] Playthrough (select)
Audacity > Preferences > Devices and make sure it’s pointing to something you can listen to like Built-In Output.

Restart Audacity and make sure Built-In Output is selected in the recording window.

You can’t easily listen to speakers when you’re recording a microphone.

Fair warning, the headset sound may be late or echoy because of internal sound delays. My Macs aren’t too bad.


especially mixing music and voice.

How are you doing that? Normal Macs do not have provision for recording internal sound.


As noted, it works perfectly with Garage Band or Sound Studio on my new iMac. I monitor with a headset so I would be able to monitor voice and music. Audio in System preferences set properly, same for Audacity preferences. Can only hear my voice or music on playback in Audacity. For me, at least, Garage Band is more stable.

Have you tried LineIn for use with Audacity ?


No, but I will. Thanks for your input.kk