i have a new mac book pro running final cut studio. i also have pico peak program meters ( http://www.murraypro.com/audio-ppm.htm ) which i want to connect so i can meter sound when mixing in final cut or sound track pro. do you know what hardware i need to do this? the ppm has xlr inputs and outputs. i'd like to keep costs low. any help appreciated.
You need some sort of IO box with a card that has balanced audio outs. There are lots of them out there. Aja, BlackMagic and DeckLink come to mind. I don't know if anyone makes just an audio I/O. I've only seen audio and video together. But I think most require cards that don't fit in your MacBook. Check those three companies to see if they have a solution that doesn't require a card.
You also could probably take the unbalanced headphone output but then what would you use to hear what's going on?
But since the meters on FCP are peak reading, why bother other than to have another neat thingee to look at?
What level does your meter box expect to see, line or mic?
thanks for the response ty. i want to meter line to get a better mix. i'm wondering if i get a matrox mxo2 i'll be able to integrate the ppm?
it's common practice here in the uk to use ppm metering and what you get used to...and they are cool to look at...seriously, i find i get a better mix using them and want to find a way to use them with my fly-away kit.