GarageBand + Electric Guitar on MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by linkandzelda, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. linkandzelda macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2010
    I noticed that the MBA only has one headphone jack. Now is that both input and output? If its not input then i would need one of those fast track things im guessing. I have both input and output on my hackintosh which I can use to record my electric guitar on GarageBand. I hope I don't have to buy a fast track as not sure how it would run over a USB hub.
  2. fswmacguy macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2009
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    No it is not input and output. It's just output as far as I'm aware.
  3. Pete A macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2010
    The headphone jack has "Support for Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic".

    So input circuitry is there. I don't know of an adapter for other microphones or line-in (I didn't search). Sounds like a great opportunity for aftermarket manufacturers.

    If you find such an adapter, let us know.
  4. fswmacguy macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2009
    Today I learned. :)

    I would imagine this would work with other headset-style setups, but I am not sure. Ideally, one would simply use USB.
  5. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    That's definitely the way to go. You'll hit the ceiling on a 3.5mm jack line in very quickly with an elec guitar and get some nasty distortion. You can tweak it down till it's gone but it won't sound great. I did a project in uni recording my roommate's acoustic with a cheap computer mic and even on that he was topping out the line in without trying.

    I'd go USB.
  6. linkandzelda thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2010
    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll defiantly be getting a fast track thing at some point. I always wanted one.

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