Is the PowerWave OS X compatible?
The PowerWave is fully compatible with Mac OS X. When setting up the PowerWave in OS X, the input is selected in the Speech Preference Pane and the output is selected in the Sound Preference Pane. For more information about setting up the PowerWave in OS X please visit OS X PowerWave Support.
What software drivers do I install for the PowerWave in OS 9? In OS X?
You do not need to load ANY external drivers for the PowerWave to work in either OS 9 or OS x versions. All of the software that drives the PowerWave is built right into the modern Macintosh operating system. The PowerWave is configured to be compatible with the Apple Sound Manager, so no other software is required for it to be seen by the operating system. There is no software in the PowerWave that transfers to your computer.
How Do I Use the PowerWave in GarageBand?
To record in Apple’s GarageBand software using the Griffin PowerWave, just follow the instructions listed below:
Connecting the PowerWave:
Connect the PowerWave directly to a USB port on your Mac.
Connect your source device to the PowerWave’s input jack (the input jack is identified by an icon of a microphone; the PowerWave’s output jack has an icon of a pair of headphones).
Set the PowerWave’s Gain switch to the correct position (towards Line for line level devices; towards Mic for mic level devices).
In Mac OS X:
Open Audio MIDI Setup (Applications > Utilities).
In the System Settings, Default Input pop-up menu, select PowerWave USB audio system.
In the Properties For pop-up menu, select PowerWave USB audio system.
Under Audio Input, make sure that Format is set to 44100.0Hz, 2ch-16bit.
Select Preferences from the GarageBand menu.
Click the Audio/MIDI icon in the Preferences window.
Select PowerWave USB audio system in the Audio Input pop-up menu.
Close the Preferences window.
Select New Track from the Track menu.
Click the Real Instrument tab, then select Basic Track > No Effects (alternately, select the type of instrument you want to record as well as whatever effects are available).
Set the Format to Stereo, and set the Monitor to On if you want to monitor your audio as you are recording.
What is the PowerWave? Is it a microphone?
The PowerWave is basically a “sound card on a cable”. It allows you to record and play digital audio using your USB-equipped computer. Some computers (like the Macintosh iBook, G4 Cube, Titanium PB, and numerous PC laptops) rely on USB for complete audio support; others have limited or no audio hardware. The PowerWave is not a microphone, but rather an Input/Output device using a 3.5mm jack, that lets you connect standard audio products such as microphones, headphones, home stereo equipment, VCRs, musical instruments and virtually any other line-level or mic-level audio device.
I have a PCI USB card in my older Mac; can I use the PowerWave?
Not as far as we know. Apple says that USB Audio is only supported on machines that have built-in USB ports. A USB card installed in older Macs may support other USB functions, but according to Apple it won’t support USB Audio.
What are the Technical Specs for the Powerwave?
Minimum RMS Output Power per Channel:
10 W + 10 W (10 Hz – 20kHz, 10W , 0.1% THD)
RCA in (Line Level Mode) –15.0dBu , Greater Than 20kOhms
RCA in (Mic Level Mode) –30.0dBu, 7000 Ohms
Maximum Input Signal
RCA in (Line Level Mode) 0.0dBu
RCA in (Mic Level Mode) –15.0dBu
RCA out –2.0dBu , 600 ohms
Frequency Response (20Hz –20kHz)
RCA IN to RCA Out, Via USB Loopback
Total Harmonic Distortion (20Hz – 20kHz)
RCA IN to RCA Out, Via USB Loopback
0.03% Line Level Mode
0.07% Mic Level Mode
Signal to Noise Ratio
72dB below nominal input level