If you want to use an audio device with your Mac, such as a microphone or a multichannel audio interface, you may need to install the latest audio controller drivers from Apple. Audio controller drivers are software that allow your Mac to communicate with your audio device and provide the best sound quality and performance. In this article, we will show you how to download and install audio controller drivers for Mac using two methods: using Boot Camp Assistant and using Audio MIDI Setup.
Method 1: Using Boot Camp Assistant
Boot Camp Assistant is a utility that allows you to install or upgrade Microsoft Windows on your Mac. It also automatically installs the latest Windows support software (drivers) from Apple, including audio controller drivers. This method is suitable if you want to use your audio device with Windows on your Mac. To use this method, you need a 16GB or larger USB flash drive formatted as MS-DOS (FAT) and an internet connection. Follow these steps:
Start your Mac from macOS.
Plug the USB flash drive into your Mac.
Open Disk Utility, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.
Choose View > Show All Devices from the menu bar.
From the sidebar in Disk Utility, select your USB flash drive. (Select the drive name, not the volume name beneath it.)
Click the Erase button or tab.
Choose MS-DOS (FAT) as the format and Master Boot Record as the scheme.
Click Erase to format the drive.
When done, quit Disk Utility.
Open Boot Camp Assistant, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.
From the menu bar at the top of your screen, choose Action > Download Windows Support Software, then choose your USB flash drive as the save destination.
When the download completes, quit Boot Camp Assistant.
Restart your Mac and hold down the Option key while it starts up.
Select the Windows volume on your USB flash drive, then click the arrow below it to start up from it.
Follow the onscreen instructions to install Windows on your Mac.
After Windows installation completes, click Yes when you're asked to reboot your Mac.
If you're asked where you want to install Windows support software, select the option that says \"I have a CD or other media with software drivers for Windows.\" Then select your USB flash drive as the source.
Follow the onscreen instructions to install Windows support software (drivers), including audio controller drivers.
You can now use your audio device with Windows on your Mac. For more information, see Download and install Windows support software on your Mac - Apple Support[^1^].
Method 2: Using Audio MIDI Setup
Audio MIDI Setup is an app that allows you to set up audio input and output devices, such as microphones and multichannel audio interfaces. You can also use it to route audio from iOS and iPadOS devices directly into your Mac. This method is suitable if you want to use your audio device with macOS on your Mac. To use this method, you need to connect your audio devices to your Mac and install any software included with them. Follow these steps:
In the Audio MIDI Setup app on your Mac, in the sidebar of the Audio Devices window, select a device. Note: For iOS and iPadOS devices, first click Enable, then select the device. You may be asked to unlock your device with a passcode or to trust the device.
Control-click the device, or click the Configure Selected Device pop-up menu at the bottom-left of the sidebar, then choose how the device is going to be used: For sound input: Choose Use This Device for Sound Input. For sound output: Choose Use This Device for Sound Output. For playing system sounds: Choose Play Alerts and Sound Effects Through This Device.
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