Can't get guitar to record in Garage Band

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by markjones05, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. markjones05 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    I have the plug but when i try and play it only records thru the mic on the mbp and not thru the pickups. Is there an option im missing?
  2. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    Check the recording preferences in Garage Band and make sure the correct recording source is selected.
  3. 108 macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2006
  4. James L macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2004
    You need to adjust your selected audio input and output signals in two places.

    In garageband:

    GarageBand --> Preferences --> Audio/Midi pane.

    Also, in GB, when you are looking at the details of your Real Instrument (i.e., your "amp"), try setting the Input to Channel 2 (mono), and turn the monitor on.

    Next up,

    In your applications folder, in your utilities folder (in the default setup), open your Audio/MIDI setup app. Here you can change your audio input and output also.

    iirc (it has been a while), I would plug my guitar into my M-Audio box, and that into the Mac. Then I would make sure the M-Audio box was selected in the Audio/MIDI setup app as my input, and I would chose an appropriate output. I would then boot GB, hop into the preferences and make sure my audio input and outputs were selected properly (usually matching whatever I put in my Audio/MIDI setup app), and then I would configure my amp. If you are still having trouble hearing yourself, try switching your amp settings to channel 2 (mono), and make sure monitoring is turned on.

    You should be good to go.

    Finally, unless your guitar has active electronics, which boost the signal from the guitar, you really should pre-amp your guitar into your Mac. I don't think this is your problem, as you should still hear something from a guitar straight into GB, but you won't get great tone until it is pre-amped.


  5. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    it can also be an issue of active vs. passive pickups.
  6. James L macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2004
    He said it is actually recording through the mic on his computer, and not the plugged in guitar. This says to me that he does not have the audio input set to either the line in, or to a pre-amp device that is plugged into the mac.

    You get fairly crappy tone with a passive pickup guitar plugged right into the mac, but you still hear the guitar when you do that.



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