Guitar-Computer Cable

Jvhowube

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Aug 11, 2006
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hey guys

what kind of cable do i need to be able to plug my electric guitar into my mac? i'm trying to take advantage of the new garage band that they just released in iLife. thanks for the help.
 

morphineseason

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Apr 1, 2007
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If you're using a computer with an audio input jack you could use this
That will probably work best. Otherwise just try using a regular guitar cable with one of those headphone jack-sized adapters attached to one end.

Also, if you have a Macbook, iBook, iMac (or basically any of the non-pro computers) you'll need the Griffin iMic (adds an audio-in jack using an available USB slot). That can be found here: http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/imic/ or you can find them for about 10 bucks cheaper on eBay.

edit: nevermind about the iMic. You have a Macbook Pro. You're good to as far as the audio-in is concerned.
 
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iMouseHD

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Apr 19, 2007
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I should have come back with an update, I took mine back as well due to the above issues. I agree about staying away from it. I picked up a cable for 8 bucks at Sam Ash with headphone plug on one end and guitar plug on the other works much better untill I can decide on a USB controller.
 
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Heath

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Aug 19, 2005
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I just use a simple 1/4" male to 1/8" female adapter then a 1/8" male/male cable and it works fine.
Mind you I usually sit right in front of my computer while playing, if you were moving around a lot you'd probably want a sturdier cable.
 
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shoveland

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Sep 6, 2005
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Really to be able to pull signal into GB all you would need would be a 1/4" male to 1/8" male...you can find one at guitar center or at musiciansfriend.com. I really would recommend some type of pre also tho, sounds coming in direct tend to sound a bit muddy
 
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danny_w

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...Also, if you have a Macbook, iBook, iMac (or basically any of the non-pro computers) you'll need the Griffin iMic (adds an audio-in jack using an available USB slot). That can be found here: http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/imic/ or you can find them for about 10 bucks cheaper on eBay.

edit: nevermind about the iMic. You have a Macbook Pro. You're good to as far as the audio-in is concerned.
What is different about the audio input port on a Macbook vs. a Macbook Pro that would cause this? As far as I can tell on the Apple tech spec pages, the audio inputs are the same. Please enlighten me. I am looking to play my guitar through my MB (not MBP) and would like to know what I need to get.

EDIT: What about this (M-Audio Fast Track US44010)?

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...t_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance
 
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