Thinking about getting macbook for garageband/logic pro

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by tomk456, May 15, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2008
    Hi there, firstly i'm sorry if i've posted this thread into the wrong forum, Audio sounded right to me.

    Anyway, i'm in college, the equipment there is absolutley awful. Computers reboot when you've just about made a drum beat on Cubase so i'm thinking of getting a macbook just to use Garageband/Logic Pro. I need to multi track record guitars and vocals into garageband. I'm not the smartest when it comes to music technology terminology so give me some slack if i don't understand you at first.

    What i'm asking is basically, what compatible small mixers are cheap and decent? Where would i plug it in? USB? Audio jack? What cables would i need?

    Thanks in advance to all replies :)

  2. macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2008

    I'm not greatly experienced in the music world of computers myself however I do use Logic Pro for guitars and vocals but only really for my own pleasure.

    There are a number of cheap mixers out there. I've got a behringer system which came with a mike, mixer and DA converter that plugs into the firewire. The weak point in the system however is the mixer which, being analogue is susceptible to a fair bit of hiss. Although it's useable I suspect other people would recommend getting the best mixer you can afford and, crucially, some good cable to go over the analogue part of the transfer.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Alesis Multimix Firewire is the only way to go! :p

    Seriously, get yourself a Multimix Firewire 8 - one of the best bits of kit you'll ever purchase...
  4. macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2007
    Gold Coast, Australia
    You will want a audio interface, skip the mixer and go for an all in one interface
    that has the converters, microphone preamps, monitor outputs and h/p jacks.

    What's your budget?

    Apogee Duet @ $495
    2x XLR 24-bit/96kHz with phantom power
    2x 1/4" Line Inputs
    2x 1/4" Line Out (speakers)

    PreSonus FireBox - $300
    2x XLR at 24-bit/96kHz with phantom power
    2x 1/4" On back panel
    6x 1/4" Line Outs (speakers)
    MIDI I/O

    Mackie Onyx Satellite @ $180 or $400 w/ package (stand, cable, mic, monitors)
    2x XLR at 24-bit/96kHz with phantom power
    6x 1/4" Line Outs (speakers)
    2x Headphone

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