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  • Student486766
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    Record audio from different device (not from camera)
    Hello all, I hope this is not a total newbie question or FAQ. I want to make a piano recording from a digital piano with the piano sound being generated on the computer (Pianoteq). In order to achieve best audio quality I would like to route the Pianoteq output directly into FCP using a tool called Loopback. However, I cannot find a setting for the audio input in FCP. I can only select a camera and use its builtin microphone. Previously, I recorded the music separately as MIDI, then converted it to WAV and added it as a new track to the video, synchronized using a cue. But I would rather like to skip this step. Am I overlooking something or ist it just not possible? -Heinrich
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  • Joe A
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    Re: Record audio from different device (not from camera)
    Hi Heinrich - I'm not a FCPX user myself (I'm an audio guy), but it looks like there's a menu where you can select an audio Input as shown in this Apple support page: https://support.apple.com/guide/final-cut-pro/record-voiceovers-verc1faa9c5/mac I would expect Loopback (or another internal audio routing utility like Soundflower) to be available in the audio Input menu, as shown. In case it helps, I've also attached a FCPX course on audio to this thread -- Video #3 seems to touch on this setting..
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  • Student486766
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    Re: Record audio from different device (not from camera)
    Hi Joe, thank you for your repply. I am afraid though, that this won't sovle my problem. Maybe i have not desribed my situation clearly. I would like to record a viedo in *one* process, taking video from the camera and audio from the loopback device. The link that you posted and also everything else that i was able to google, seem to describe cases where you have an existing video and want to overdub or replace the existing audio in a second process. It seems that recording viedeo and audio from separate sources is just not possible. -Heinrich
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  • BenB
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    Re: Record audio from different device (not from camera)
    FCPX was not designed as a live recording app, it will not record from two sources at once. Route your audio to the camera, or record audio to an app like Logic or Audition, video to your camera, and in FCPX you'd make them a sync clip. But what you want to do isn't possible in an NLE.
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  • Student486766
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    Re: Record audio from different device (not from camera)
    Too bad.. But thanks for your explanation anyway. Are there alternatives to FCPX that can record from two sources at once?
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  • BenB
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    Re: Record audio from different device (not from camera)
    The most simple thing, and what I'd personally do, is take my audio out of my Mac into my camera. Poof, they'er married, then edit away in FCPX. Aside from that, Google is your friend.
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  • Student486766
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    Re: Record audio from different device (not from camera)
    Thanks! I think I will stick to my established procedure mentioned in my first post. It will do without any additional cabling and also without any D/A or A/D audio conversion. BTW I am using an iPhone7 as a camera. Quite good! -Heinrich
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  • Student486766
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    Re: Record audio from different device (not from camera)
    Answering my own question: QuickTime Player does exactly what I want: Record video from my iPhone via Camo Studio (https://reincubate.com/camo/) and audio from the loopback device. -Heinrich
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  • BenB
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    Re: Record audio from different device (not from camera)
    FCP won't see software connections, only hardware connections.
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  • Student486766
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    Re: Record audio from different device (not from camera)
    I won't ask if that's a bug or a feature... -Heinrich
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