Hooking my guitar up to MacBook

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by arodvb, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Picking up a new MacBook tomorrow, I'm a guitar player so I'd like to do some recording in GarageBand. I'm a bit confused by how to actually hook it up. My amp has a line out, so would it be easiest to just go from the line out on the amp, to line in on the MacBook?
     
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    theimacdude

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    I suppose your method may work, but the thing I would do is either; invest in a quality microphone, and record in Garageband through microphone recording, or use the built-in-microphone. Anyway, hope I helped :)
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    If you wanna start recording something, i suggest you get a preamp. If you're gonna start to get serious about it, you can get an effect program. Guitar Rig 3 is the best in this situation.

    Preamps can get really costly, but those are always the highest quality ones. First pick whether you want a USB interface or FireWire interface. FireWire usually has no lag, and sounds better, but costs more.

    Low budget, you can go with a USB M-Audio JamLab for about $80, or MobilePre for about $180
    High budget, I suggest a FireWire 410, or even a NRV10, which is a complete mixing board, 6 channels with complete EQ, firewire output, but $900

    I've only mentioned M-Audio hardware because those have always worked best with me, but you if you want to search for a different brand or a cheaper price, just search for "USB Preamp" or "FireWire Preamp"
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Steve Jobs has already picked for him. :D
     
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    Kilamite

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    Forget FireWire if you are buying the new MacBook..
     
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    MowingDevil

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    I'd go for something from Line 6 if I were you. They start at under $100 and go up from there. Bonus is they're USB so you can use them on a new MB.
    http://line6.com/toneport/
     
  7. macrumors 65816

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    NI Guitar Rig 3 with that great pedal/audio interface or NI Guitar Rig Session would work for you.
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, and even without the pedals and stuff, guitar rig's still definitely a great addition
     
  9. macrumors member

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    I've been using a borrowed M-Audio Black Box, it's a fun little toy and it's USB. If you opt out of the software it comes with (probably Pro Tools) it's pretty cheap.
     
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    gkarris

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    Here we go...

    Our Worship Pastor uses (used...) an M-Audio Box with just 1 input and uses a high quality mic. I know others use a pickup.

    We used to record sermons on a Mini, and used a Lexicon Omega box via USB. It has balanced XLR inputs. It also worked great in Garageband and you will need a USB audio box such as this in order to hook it up to a new MacBook.

    http://www.amazon.com/Lexicon-Omega...8&s=musical-instruments&qid=1224517348&sr=8-1

    Our Worship Pastor is getting a new MacBook and obviously has to use the Omega box instead of his old M-Audio one...
     

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