Recording bass guitar in GarageBand

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by rsherid, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    I have my bass plugged into an iMic (USB) going into my MacBook. It's picking up a strong signal except for two things: it's only playing out of the left side and there's a noticeable amount of static if I increase the Recording Level.

    Is there a way to fix these two things? The main thing I need to is to get the bass in stereo.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    The left channel only is because you're running a mono source into a stereo input. Select to only use one of the channels in the Garageband track info and you have it centered.

    The noise issue may be impedance-related. For the cleanest sound you would be using an audio interface with a dedicated instrument input.
  3. macrumors member

    Thanks, got it all figured out.

    But now I'm not sure how to mix the bass. Is it supposed to be panned to the left and right -- one track for each? Or is bass just usually one track panned center?
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Bass is a pretty non-directional sound, meaning you hear less where it is coming from compared to the higher frequencies. Usually you'd put it in the centre though.

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