Guitar electric through macbook white?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Muktaf, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. Muktaf macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2010
    Hi guys,
    I don't know if this kind of topic has been discussed before, but i really need your help.

    I'm using macbook white 2010', my problem is, what do i need to play guitar through my macbook?

    Also, hows the sound of guitar using garageband? Do i need to upgrade any drivers in order to play thru my macbook?

    Lastly, i have a mixer amplifier Front.jpg

    Would it work for this project?

  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    You Need

    An irig

    The sound modelling in Garageband is average, and I prefer Amplitube But id get the irig and check it out first.

    Amazon sell them amongst others.
  3. Muktaf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2010
    Is that like USB audio interface?

    Btw do i need an additional speaker?

    Thanks for the reply.
  4. eljanitor macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2011
    Garage band is good for what you need, assuming that you aren't trying to make a commercial quality album with your band. It has a few quirks, and sometimes does stuff that I don't like, but I can just work around those issues.

    I like the M- Audio line for basic guitar / bass interface which you can check out here: You can use that easily with Garage Band, and it also comes with Pro Tools SE, which is a bit better then garage band. If your mac needs updated drivers to make it work properly you can download them from their website. I have an old M-Audio MIDI interface, I love it, and I can run a standard guitar cable back to my amp and use it as a monitor, or just plug in some headphones and jam quietly.

    When it comes to doing serious mixing, and you want absolute professional quality sound, you'll need allot more then a MacBook and a MIDI interface. But that should be good enough for now.

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