Active acoustic guitar input safe for iMac audio port

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by MacBunter, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. MacBunter macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2010
    Hi folks

    First post here, not sure what the form is but card is behind the bar for anyone wanting a drink.

    I've had my iMac for about a month and although I bought it for photography apps., I found Garage Band and wondered whether I could record my acoustic guitar into garage band using DI. The guitar is an electric acoustic Takamine circa. 1990 which has a built in pickup in the bridge which is powered by a 9V PP3 battery which lives inside the body of the guitar. In the past I've seen audio kit damage by inappropriate hook ups (don't ask) so I was wondering if it is safe to hook the output of the guitar directly to the audio input on the iMac? I spoke to someone in an Apple shop today and he has DI'd his active bass straight into a MacBook audio in, so I think it should be safe but if anyone could confirm it I'd be most grateful.


  2. SmilesLots macrumors regular


    Apr 30, 2010
    SW Virginia
    IIRc the iMac has a line level audio in. So you are perfectly safe.
  3. MacBunter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2010
    Marvellous, thanks very much!


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