I have a sound card in my computer that processes the audio for entertainment better than my audio interface does (Focusrite Scarlett 2i4). However, I want to be able to reference recordings on my monitors through the interface without constantly taking the cables out and switching between my sound card and my interface.
What would be the best way to split the connection? I have a splitter to allow both the L and the R speaker go into the line in port on the sound card but do not know what the best way would be to split that connection into the interface.
Would a simple 1 -> 2 TRS cable suffice? Or would I need some sort of splitting box?
For the people who find this thread searching Google or otherwise, I figured out how to loop the sound without using any cables, connections or inputs.
- Simply download the program VT Host (http://www.hermannseib.com/english/vsthost.htm).
- Within this program you can literally set an internal sound card or any device that outputs to output to another device essentially looping your connection from within your PC. You can even do this for multiple devices connected to your PC
- Download the file for your operating system. Extract the software to a permanent location on your HDD (the program does not have an installer)
- After opening the program go to "Devices" then "WAVE".
- Set your input and output accordingly (use MME: options). In my case, I set my input as my sound card and my output as the Focusrite 2i4 (which my monitors are connected to). Don't worry about the sample rate as it has nothing to do with playback quality.
- Back on the main screen of the program you have two windows within the program. The one on the left is your input that you selected before and the one on the right is the output you set before. On the right window (your output) click the little box in the top left of the output window that looks like a little chain. It will open up a new window.
- Check the box to the left to select "Engine Input".
That's it, you are done. Anything played when your sound card is selected as your default device will now output to whatever you selected as your output device. You can now take advantage of the DSP from your sound card or whatever you choose and allow whatever you have your speakers or headphones connected to serve as a splitter and route the connection.
This not only saved me money but saved me inputs and cable clutter. I hope this helped. If you want, you can set the program to minimize to system tray by going to "View > Minimize to System Tray".
Edited by Crook1d - 6/16/14 at 7:27pm