ibook or pb for GB?

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  1. fistful macrumors 6502a

    fistful

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    topic.

    I want to hook my guitar up to it so I'm wondering what I'll need? I've heard people say that I'd need a pre-amp with an ibook, but not on the pb..is this so?

    I've been thinking of switching to mac for about two years now and this is, I feel the perfect time to do so. the most I can afford is a 15" pb w/sd but I'm leaning more towards a 12" ibook or pb, and advice?
     
  2. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    You'll need a pre amp either way.

    If GarageBand is your biggest concern, the PowerBook may edge out the iBook if it has a line in. Even if it does, is it worth $500 to have one? I'd say the iBook is a good choice.
     
  3. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    It's never really about what you need, but rather what you want. I mean theoretically a G3 imac would probably do what you need it to, but who would want to use that?

    Is spending enough for a 15'' powerbook worth it to you? If so, go for it, it's a great computer. If not, go with a cheaper computer.
     
  4. fistful thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    considering the pb has line in wouldn't I just need one of these(see attachment)? sure I realise a pre-amp would be better but I just require decent sound quality.

    also what accessories would I need to attach the pb to my stereo receiver and or tv?
     
  5. jcook793 macrumors regular

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    I have recorded without a preamp and it *does* work. That is, you can hear it. But trust me, get a preamp, you'll be glad you did. Especially when it comes time to plug in a microphone.

    Personally I'd take the price difference between a PowerBook and an iBook and pick up a decent tube preamp (I use the PreSonus BlueTube: http://www.presonus.com/html/products/bluetube.html) and a good mic.

    Has anyone heard if there is increased time delay between a USB line-in source vs. the built-in one? If that were the case then I'd probably opt for the PowerBook since the iBook has no line in.
     

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