View Full Version : Thinking about getting macbook for garageband/logic pro

May 15, 2008, 09:39 AM
Hi there, firstly i'm sorry if i've posted this thread into the wrong forum, Audio sounded right to me.

Anyway, i'm in college, the equipment there is absolutley awful. Computers reboot when you've just about made a drum beat on Cubase so i'm thinking of getting a macbook just to use Garageband/Logic Pro. I need to multi track record guitars and vocals into garageband. I'm not the smartest when it comes to music technology terminology so give me some slack if i don't understand you at first.

What i'm asking is basically, what compatible small mixers are cheap and decent? Where would i plug it in? USB? Audio jack? What cables would i need?

Thanks in advance to all replies :)


May 15, 2008, 11:00 AM

I'm not greatly experienced in the music world of computers myself however I do use Logic Pro for guitars and vocals but only really for my own pleasure.

There are a number of cheap mixers out there. I've got a behringer system which came with a mike, mixer and DA converter that plugs into the firewire. The weak point in the system however is the mixer which, being analogue is susceptible to a fair bit of hiss. Although it's useable I suspect other people would recommend getting the best mixer you can afford and, crucially, some good cable to go over the analogue part of the transfer.

May 15, 2008, 02:22 PM
Alesis Multimix Firewire is the only way to go! :P

Seriously, get yourself a Multimix Firewire 8 - one of the best bits of kit you'll ever purchase...

May 15, 2008, 07:18 PM
You will want a audio interface, skip the mixer and go for an all in one interface
that has the converters, microphone preamps, monitor outputs and h/p jacks.

What's your budget?

Apogee Duet (http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Duet/) @ $495
2x XLR 24-bit/96kHz with phantom power
2x 1/4" Line Inputs
2x 1/4" Line Out (speakers)

PreSonus FireBox (http://www.zzounds.com/item--PRSFIREBOX) - $300
2x XLR at 24-bit/96kHz with phantom power
2x 1/4" On back panel
6x 1/4" Line Outs (speakers)

Mackie Onyx Satellite (http://www.zzounds.com/item--MACONYXSAT) @ $180 or $400 w/ package (stand, cable, mic, monitors)
2x XLR at 24-bit/96kHz with phantom power
6x 1/4" Line Outs (speakers)
2x Headphone