I'm currently using AV Linux on a MacBook Pro, and am using Reaper for my DAW.

I'm trying to output the sound from my DAW through the headphones output into a mixer. I currently don't have an audio interface.

I just want to hear my virtual synthesizers through the mixer or my headphones.

I'm having trouble getting sound however and I'm not sure if I should use Jack, Alsa, or Pulse. I'm not sure how the audio settings should be configured to do this.

Can anyone provide guidance?

  • I've never used nix, or Reaper, but isn't there just a control panel in your DAW to direct the output?
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 24, 2023 at 18:04
  • I guess what I am really asking is whether I should be using Jack, Alsa, or Pulse for outputting a vst synth from DAW Aug 24, 2023 at 22:36

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I ended up configuring my DAW to use Jack and Alsa, with the output through HDMI.

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