GarageBand + Electric Guitar on MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by linkandzelda, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I noticed that the MBA only has one headphone jack. Now is that both input and output? If its not input then i would need one of those fast track things im guessing. I have both input and output on my hackintosh which I can use to record my electric guitar on GarageBand. I hope I don't have to buy a fast track as not sure how it would run over a USB hub.
     
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    No it is not input and output. It's just output as far as I'm aware.
     
  3. macrumors member

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    The headphone jack has "Support for Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic".
    http://www.apple.com/macbookair/specs-13inch.html

    So input circuitry is there. I don't know of an adapter for other microphones or line-in (I didn't search). Sounds like a great opportunity for aftermarket manufacturers.

    If you find such an adapter, let us know.
     
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    fswmacguy

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    Today I learned. :)

    I would imagine this would work with other headset-style setups, but I am not sure. Ideally, one would simply use USB.
     
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    That's definitely the way to go. You'll hit the ceiling on a 3.5mm jack line in very quickly with an elec guitar and get some nasty distortion. You can tweak it down till it's gone but it won't sound great. I did a project in uni recording my roommate's acoustic with a cheap computer mic and even on that he was topping out the line in without trying.

    I'd go USB.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll defiantly be getting a fast track thing at some point. I always wanted one.
     

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