Plugging an electric guitar into a PowerBook G4 With Garageband

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by GuitarPlay, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2006
    what is the best way to plug an electric guitar into my G4 powerbook. What "ports" do you plug into to access Garageband ? :D Where can I purchase the adapters?
  2. macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Hi GP
    Welcome to MacRumors.

    Have a look with the Search function of MacRumors, this question has been covered several times.

    You can plug the output of a guitar into the micrphone input of a Mac with a 1/4" to 3.5 mm adaptor on the guitar cable; this will result in a thin, tweezy and unpleasant sound, because of a mismatch in impedance, and the fact that an electic guitar sound is hugely influenced by the preamp, amp and speaker of a guitar amplifier. A more successful way would be to put a microphone on the speaker of a guitar amp and play through that.

    There are a number of interfaces that can help get audio into a Mac, and some of them include special treatment for guitar, to simulate amplification, speakers, and effects (distortion, echo, phasing, flanging, etc.)

    The cheapest solution may be the JamPlug or GuitarPlug from DVForge, however, their page seems to be offline and redirects to MacMice.

    Some of the many USB and Firewire audio digital interfaces (search this subforum) have high-impedance inputs for guitar.

    If you have a few hundred dollars to spend, you could look at the M-Audio BlackBox, which functions as a standalone guitar effects unit, amp simulator, as well as a USB audio interface to your Mac, with both guitar and microphone input. The Line6 TonePorts are similar, and Native Instruments GuitarRig is a more expensive product along the same lines.

  3. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I use the monster garage cable for both electric and acoustic.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    Griffin's iMic is probably the best "entry-level" solution. It plugs into one of your USB ports, and your guitar cable plugs into the iMic's line-in (you may need an adaptor to go from 1/4" to 1/8" jack). Really good audio quality for a $39 interface. You can buy it directly form their site or from Amazon. It's also usually in stock at most Apple stores.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2005
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2005
    If you have a decent amp, look into a good quality mic. If not, any cheap guitar to minijack cable or adapter is fine.

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