My Cleanest Desk Setup Yet - One Cable!


Comments • 477

    OSCAR H. DELAGARZA JR.  4 weeks back

    i just got the software but it doesn't let ,me lower the volume on my keyboard.

    • Draztiq Meshaz
      Draztiq Meshaz  2 months back

      Looks good

        CHICAGOBOB  2 months back

        I am using The app and it is great.

        • Louie Tran
          Louie Tran  3 months back

          Hey Jonathan - thanks for recommending sound source. Really dumb how Mac OS just doesn't let you adjust the volume on USB connected speakers. Downloaded Soundsource and it resolved a very old problem I had with the Mac!

          • Tech Z
            Tech Z  3 months back

            need control on volume ??? spend $30!
            so apple gets royalty from the utility sellers ... thats why they dont fix it...

            • Gabe Larson
              Gabe Larson  3 months back

              add an external gpu!

              • Forrest Gibson
                Forrest Gibson  3 months back

                I think it'd be awesome for you to deep dive into audio. Those iLouds are really good, but the larger ones definitely aren't as competitive as the micros. If you did a clean setup involving a nice pair of passive bookshelves with a solid amp and DAC I think that'd make for an awesome video.

                Make an effort to look for bang for buck products too! Could be really interesting. For $700-800 (the price of the iLoud MTMs) you could get a Topping PA3 and D30 amp/DAC combo with a pair of Klipsch RP600ms.

                Or on the high end a pair of KEF LS50s.

                • Marky_ Markk97
                  Marky_ Markk97  4 months back

                  I just purchased a Behringer UMC202HD Audio Interface for my active monitors and it allows me to use the Function keys for volume up and down. (: in case someone was looking for an interface to purchase that does work.

                  • Feel The Hertz
                    Feel The Hertz  4 months back

                    The reason macOS does this is *by design* - it's what keeps noobs from ruining the sound quality unless the DAC itself as a analog volume attenuator like Dragonfly Black from Audioquest. It's how pro-audio works, Jon. But awesome to see your journey through it, and that app is something I am going to check out...

                    There *ARE* many DACs that do let you adjust the volume via Media Keys, but if they have a 'unified straight' audio source from your Mac, yeah it'll do that **** - Same with Optical out. Simply the only way to get the best sound quality out however as *CHANGING* the volume is what attenuates the deltas - highs and lows - and believe it or not ruins the sound quality.

                    • Marcos P.
                      Marcos P.  4 months back

                      Babyface Pro has volume and works like a charm, stop sponsoring BS products. Lame channel to be honest

                      • Austin Park
                        Austin Park  4 months back

                        Dang that just got me so hyped to learn more about audio. Awesome vid you inspired me!!

                        • IAmAmai
                          IAmAmai  4 months back

                          Where’s the 49 inch monitor

                          • Rizki Wahyudi
                            Rizki Wahyudi  4 months back

                            A free alternative if you just need volume control without all fancy things, I'm using Menubus free app (discontinued but still downloadable) and my Lynx Hilo, just route the output on Menubus to your audio interface so you can use your volume control on my Macbook Pro to control the volume, the Menubus Pro (unfortunately not for sale anymore) has more options for multiple output device

                            • Little Monkey Learning
                              Little Monkey Learning  4 months back

                              Hey what keyboard is that? looks like a great setup!

                              • Tom Ramsay
                                Tom Ramsay  4 months back

                                Set the thumb wheel control on your mouse to volume, worked for me for years...

                                • mkr10001
                                  mkr10001  4 months back

                                  Maybe stop using a shitty Mac?

                                  • Oleg Loza
                                    Oleg Loza  4 months back

                                    Hi Jonathan. Why not using the Dragonfly and a 3.5mm -> two mono 6.3 XLR cable for the speakers? I presume, it is simpler than all the other solutions you mentioned, and way cheaper too.

                                    • MΛHIR KHΛN
                                      MΛHIR KHΛN  4 months back

                                      My setup has a $1000 monitor stand

                                      • Julio Garcia
                                        Julio Garcia  4 months back

                                        Isn’t having expensive speakers for at least two years normal?

                                        • TheDropForged
                                          TheDropForged  4 months back

                                          Haha very true, I've had £70 Creative Speakers for more than 4 years now.

                                      • Mr Mosch
                                        Mr Mosch  4 months back

                                        You could make a hole in the table that the macbook lays flush with the table surface

                                        • A RS
                                          A RS  4 months back

                                          that editing😍 @4:54

                                          • Andrew Teal
                                            Andrew Teal  4 months back

                                            BETTER OPTION: Try "Sound Control by Static Z Software". I've had the same issue with the grey volume of death, but Sound Control lets you use the one cable setup, AND uses the same volume interface that the Mac uses when changing the volume. The "free trial" is for the premium features on the utility, but if you just need volume keys working, it's totally free. Lightweight, easy install, etc. Highly recommend.

                                            • Hector De Santiago
                                              Hector De Santiago  4 months back

                                              Yo Jonathan, in the future try RME hardware. They may not have the marketing prowess of UA, Focusrite, or Apogee.... but they make the best drivers (super stable & incredibly low latency) & internal bussing (control audio volume with keyboard & even EQ your MAINS to tune them to your room) in the game. I own a Babyface Pro and it is outstanding. Awesome video as always 👍🏽

                                              • Maitreya Patni
                                                Maitreya Patni  4 months back

                                                Why don't you use Soundflower, It lets you use your volume keyboard keys with any kind of audio output. Its a lightweight and easy to use. Been using it from last two years never faced a problem controlling audio on Display port from keyboard volume keys.

                                                • Luis Mauro Martinez Baez
                                                  Luis Mauro Martinez Baez  4 months back

                                                  hey Jonathan I was already set to buy SoundSource but I remembered one mac equalizer called 'eqMac2' and it works like a champ with the Schiit Modi :)

                                                  • 2wheelphoto
                                                    2wheelphoto  4 months back

                                                    Hey man true story, you should edit your audio on the lowest quality speakers you have. If it sounds good on those, it will sound good on the expensive crap. Plus most of your audience isn’t going to have the high end stuff. Unless you’re doing hollywood stuff, then maybe. I’m just saying you put all that effort on making it sound good and pay a huge amount of attention to detail on the audio and then realize your audience can’t even hear the work you did because they don’t have the good speakers 🔊... sad day.

                                                    • Pluem Tanpaijith
                                                      Pluem Tanpaijith  4 months back

                                                      I love your desk setup #mydreamdesksetup 👍👍

                                                      • Philip K
                                                        Philip K  4 months back

                                                        You inspire me to clean my room hahaha. LOVE.

                                                        • teal'c kree
                                                          teal'c kree  4 months back

                                                          Those speakers ruined it. Looks like it belong to a different era.

                                                          • In Full Effect
                                                            In Full Effect  4 months back

                                                            love your desk setup videos. tbh - for this setup 2x homepods would have made everything easier and would have reduced the cables at the rear. For the purpose of showing soundsource it made sense i guess. cheers.

                                                            • Hariharan Visvanathan
                                                              Hariharan Visvanathan  4 months back

                                                              hello great video as always.can you please tell me the brand/model of the white AV cabinet below your TV

                                                              • Azim Alif
                                                                Azim Alif  4 months back

                                                                Or get a pc.

                                                                • Azim Alif
                                                                  Azim Alif  4 months back

                                                                  I see a few speaker wires.

                                                                  • Panda Ghost
                                                                    Panda Ghost  4 months back

                                                                    Thank you so much!! that app saved my life

                                                                    • Gad Tesler
                                                                      Gad Tesler  4 months back

                                                                      Great video I'm going to try Sound Source. Have you ever tried using Bluetooth to connect audio to your Mac?

                                                                      • SketOG
                                                                        SketOG  4 months back

                                                                        Lmao you need to buy an app get volume control on Mac that's some next level shit. Never had this problem on windows.

                                                                        • Ronin
                                                                          Ronin  4 months back

                                                                          MacOS the only os that has you spend money for proper audio control 😅

                                                                          • AbuBakr Akram
                                                                            AbuBakr Akram  4 months back

                                                                            That’s not true. The entire problem is something Jonathan invented. Does anyone need the insane convenience of a keyboard button for volume? Especially when there’s an expensive control with a nice dial right there? First world problems at their finest.

                                                                            What’s more, if the peripherals really don’t talk to the computer, this wouldn’t work on any OS without separate software.

                                                                        • Данил Жуков
                                                                          Данил Жуков  4 months back

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                                                                          • Tom Alawatte
                                                                            Tom Alawatte  4 months back

                                                                            Nice video bro..!

                                                                            • gwallace
                                                                              gwallace  4 months back

                                                                              like 6 minutes talking about "issue" just to sell you an app....ok :/

                                                                              • Yannick Michel
                                                                                Yannick Michel  4 months back

                                                                                Thank you! I was getting crazy already hahaha 🔝

                                                                                • Ozone QC
                                                                                  Ozone QC  4 months back

                                                                                  Can you review h.ear on 3 WH-H910N which was just introduced at IFA 2019? I really like the vibrant colors. Thank you

                                                                                  • Berkay Oğulcan TUTAL
                                                                                    Berkay Oğulcan TUTAL  4 months back

                                                                                    I had the same problem with LG USB-C display, luckily there was an open-source project on Github already. MonitorControl is working just fine if anybody is interested


                                                                                    • Dror Shabo
                                                                                      Dror Shabo  4 months back

                                                                                      Free Software Fix this problem
                                                                                      Or if you want to go fancy 10$ at most

                                                                                      • Abhinav Rege
                                                                                        Abhinav Rege  4 months back

                                                                                        Looks like Genelac design... Doubt they are Genelac Level

                                                                                        • Swordee
                                                                                          Swordee  4 months back

                                                                                          please throw out that shirt, thank you

                                                                                          • Tony Carcamo
                                                                                            Tony Carcamo  4 months back

                                                                                            lol no one works at this desk, its just for display or show. A true desk will have pensp, note pads, sticky notes, books, calculator, family pictures, drinking mug...etc.

                                                                                            • Mann SE
                                                                                              Mann SE  4 months back

                                                                                              drop dead gorgeous set-up 🙌🏼