So, here’s the deal. Our garage used to be my “man cave”, where I would work and play; my “office” was out there, as was my “studio”.
That has changed. My son has taken over the garage (he’s finishing what I started and converting it to a studio apartment for he and his GF) and I have moved inside to his old bedroom. This works out better all around…
…except for one thing: in the garage, I could play my bass through my amp as often as I wanted and as loudly as I wanted, and often did (even when on work ZoomToMyTeams calls, yay mute). I can no longer do that, as my GF works in another room in the house, and my daughter’s room is right across the hall. I mean, there will be times when I’ll be able to cut loose, but the early AM or during working hours are now verboten.
So, help me, BassBuzz… you’re my only hope.
In the garage, I plugged into my amp which had an XLR out going to the XLR in on my DAI. The DAI was plugged into my PC via USB, and my stereo via RCA. I would play music on my PC which went through the DAI audio outs to the stereo and play along with the music through the amp. If needed, I could fire up Reaper and record my playing, and I could also import tracks into Reaper which I could play through the DAI audio outs over my stereo if I wanted to record tracks.
So! I want to be able to play music and bass at the same time, through one set of headphones. I have picked up a decent set of headphones with great bass response, which I can use on the amp, on the DAI directly (which sounds great), and through the headphone jack on the PC (I just haven’t tested that is all). What options do I have?
I know that I can plug the bass into the DAI, the headphones into the PC, import a track into Reaper, turn monitoring on for a record track, and route that all to the sound card and out the headphone jack, but that’s painful if I want to play a few songs in a row. I’d prefer to, like, play music through iTunes or YouTube Music or whatever, and have the bass come through the DAI to the headphones as well.
Anyone have any other ideas?