Guitar Pedal > Line In on iMac


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jun 25, 2007
Northern Ireland
Hey guys,

Sorry if I'm posting in the wrong forum but I figured a guitar pedal is as much a peripheral as a keyboard or a mouse.

So, I have a TC Electronic VPD1 which has a simiulated speaker out. Would it be safe enough to connect this to the line in on my iMac? I don't want to overload the built in amp on the iMac.



macrumors 6502
Jan 1, 2007
I should be fine. I've run other pedals and stuff into my computers and never had a problem. I record with Audacity, and it has a volume control, so if the input volume is too much, I can lower it.

Just don't run the output of a guitar amp into your imac :) Line level signals, which is what this seems like, should be fine.


macrumors regular
Apr 29, 2007
Los Angeles
it looks like you'll be fine as it's meant to be used as a direct box.

according to the manual the simulated speaker is only for the "sound" and does not simulate the power level of a speaker out, which if it did WOULD indeed fry your audio input.

This guy did just that.