connecting Imac to a mixer and an electric guitar

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by roofus.jammer, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. roofus.jammer macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2009
    Hi there,

    Just got my first iMac and have a few probably embarassing newbie questions. Firstly, i'd like to connect it to my mixer to get the audio thru to my amp and eventualy speakers. I have a Numark 200USB mixer and am wondering what the best way of connecting an imac to this mixer so i can hear audio thru my speakers?

    Also, am aware that a can plug my electric guitar into a mac as well to use in garageband/prologic.. what kind of a device/cable would i need to do this? it kind of ties into the previous question as i'd like to have the sound out of my speakers thru the Numark..

    Many thanks for any guidance you might post!

  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    hey there!

    its quite easy.

    not sure what the mixer has as output sound options, im guessing either RCA style, 6.5mm type or something else, but regardless of that you will need to have an end that is 3.5mm. that will plug directly into the Mic port on the iMac.

    this also goes for the guitar, you can go from the guitar straight into the iMac by using a 6.5mm -> 3.5mm cable. :)
  3. roofus.jammer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2009
    thanks for your help dofot9, i have a usb mixer so i was thinking usb to usb connection tho i do not have the software from my mixer any lnger so not sure how i get around this problem ( as i'd need to install the mixer software for the usb to usb connection i guess??)
  4. LouisBlack macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2007
    Balham, London
    I just did a quick google and found this. It reckons that you don't need any drivers and it'll work with 'almost any Windows or Mac audio recording or playback software'.

    I'm not sure how it'll deal with playing the iMac's sound through the mixer and to the speakers but I would assume that that is a fairly basic feature.

    Plug it in, load up Garageband and just fiddle about with it I guess...
  5. slothrob macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2007
    direct box

    Ideally, you want some kind of direct box between the guitar cable and the mic-in on the mixer, to bring the guitar signal to line level.

    Like this one.

    Otherwise, you would want to increase the guitar signal to line level by some other means, like a Pandora or other digital effect with a line out, or an effect that has a mixer output, as a lot of the Digitech effects have.

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