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LineIn enables the soft playthrough of audio from input devices. In simpler terms, you can use LineIn to play sound through a microphone or any other device plugged in to your Sound In port. If you need to input audio from an external device, recreating OS 9's "Play input through output device" option, then LineIn is perfect for you.

What's New

Version 2.2.0:
  • The LineIn window can now be closed, with a menu item to re-open it.
  • LineIn now requires OS X 10.7 (Lion) or later.

Requirements

OS X 10.7 or later

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Wunderhorn Member IconReview+3
Wunderhorn
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Works well, easy to use.

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Version 2.2.0
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Sam"Bytemunch"E4561
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I needed some tunes for a party and didn't have a charge cable for my speakers. Two minutes on Google and I find this, plug a phone in through a 3.5mm to a random port on my iMac, mess with the settings on the app and boom, party is back! Cheers guys :D

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Version 2.1.1
wimadrid Member IconReview+0
wimadrid
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Excellent, I can finally hear the music from my USB turntable directly on my mac!

Until I found LineIn, I used one of these workarounds:
- Recording with Audacity with Audio Playthrough (Preferences/Recording/Software Playthrough)
- Recording with QuickTime Player. As soon as you hit record (File/New Audio Recording) the sound goes to your default output, just remember to turn up the volume which QT always seems to set to mute.

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Version 2.1.1
Sebastian_szwarc Member IconReview+20
Sebastian_szwarc
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It's nie app. However I stil didnt figure it out how to set up microphone on usb properly. When I put pas-throough button i hear some noise something like feedback bettwen microphone and external speakers.

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Version 2.1.0
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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The answer is in the name of the product: LineIn. It's not intended for USB audio in, but for your Mac's audio-in jack.

wimadrid
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First, LineIn *does* work with USB audio.

I have read and seen that when you plug in something that uses USB Audio, the system will initially set that USB both for Sound Input and Output, so you might check that.

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Atterboy
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Was looking for a way to play music through my mac from my record player via a USB cable input - this was perfect! love the simplicity and the fact that it worked straight away (no tweaking required)

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Version 2.1.0
Templogin Member IconComment+0
Templogin
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I have been wondering for some time the best way to get some audio from a tape memo recorder to my mac. I was looking around Rogue Amoeba's site contemplating Fission over Audacity, having been so pleased with Audio Hijack, when I came across LineIn. It looks like the perfect solution to me. Thanks a lot Rogue Amoeba for releasing this nifty little tool.

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Version 2.1.0
Schorschinjo Member IconComment+0
Schorschinjo
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Just a notification: New version requires 10.6. The requirements info here needs to be updated. Developer's website states it correctly. I've gone the hard way and first overwrote my installation on a 10.5 PPC and then found out... ;-)

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Version 2.1.0
Doug Riemer
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I contacted Rogue Amoeba about this issue and they very kindly send me this link to their "legacy" page, which includes the old version. http://www.rogueamoeba.com/legacy/

I have a G4 10.44.11 PPC. It downloaded very quickly and works great!

Gcoghill Member IconReview+218
Gcoghill
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Great little app used in conjunction with Soundflower to record Skype calls in GarageBand for podcasts.

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Version 2.1.0
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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After about 20 min with Linein in the background will drop its latency to about a second. Delay is not cool

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Version 2.0.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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/Applications/Utilities/Audio MIDI Setup.app

Audio Devices tab, Audio Input section (lefthand side), check the box in the "Thru" column to get playthrough for that device.

Simple as that, you don't need extra software to get play-through!

Would be nice if Apple put this functionality right in the Sound prefs, but then tech support would probably have to put up with alot more newbies complaining of audio feedback after they "checked some box somewhere"

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Version 2.0.1
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Not on Panther!

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Anonymous
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It is there on Panther and Tiger. I just checked.

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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I think it depends on your machine, not the OS. I don't have the option on my G5, but I used to on my G4. LineIn picks up where Apple left of for my G5 -- and for free, so what's the problem?

KZO1
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The sound quality from LineIn is great, but the latency/delay is annoying. I mix and record from LP's with a standard stereo reciever with the line input to my iMac OS X Tiger system.
The option (Tiger) to check the "Thru" box in the Audio-Midi input setup is not selectable, niether is the volume slider or speaker configuration.
It doesn't make sense that a simple feature like sound card plug and play would be omitted from a new/updated OS, especially for a Mac. Does anyone know of a Mac hardware upgrade or another way to immulate a PC sound card setup?

mswfujowdffyc
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The "Thru" option in Audio MIDI Setup only exists for sound devices that support direct passthrough in hardware. It's not as simple as you think.

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Ipodhakkr
Version 2.2.0
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Jslavin
Version 2.1.0
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Bradmill
Version 2.1.0
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Date 26 Jun 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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