How can I directly plug my electric guitar into my MacBook?

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  1. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

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    Can I use line in? Do I have to use some type of device like Griffins iMic?


    Thanks,

    AMS
     
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  4. anti-microsoft thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thats not in my budget range but thanks anyway!:eek:

    That looks nice and simple... Is the sound quality good?? Are you sure that will plug into the line in of my MacBook?
     
  5. Tarkovsky macrumors 6502

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    Try the quarter inch to 3.5mm adapter before you splash out as it can be had for under 10 of your puny $.
     
  6. anti-microsoft thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Oi! I just bought an iPod Touch That's why I don't want to pend a lot just now!
    A little respect for the young forum members!
     
  7. NewbieNerd macrumors 6502a

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    Absolutely sure, as I use it with my MacBook. Once you plug it in you'll have to change settings in GarageBand and SystemPreferences to use the Line In instead of the built-in microphone, and you'll be all set!
     
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    Thanks, great!
     
  9. Tarkovsky macrumors 6502

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    I was laughing at the dollar. But it turns out you're Brittish. And no worries. That griffin line in thing is a waste of money IMO as the macs line can usually be used for guitars, it doesn't sound pretty, but neither will a £20 usb dongle.
     
  10. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    The relatively crappy line-in will work only slightly worse than the cheap relatively crappy separate units in terms of a 'getting results quick & dirty' sense. Best to use what you get for now if you want to save, and the converter plug will do the job just fine.
     
  11. GoKyu macrumors 65816

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    Match311: That Line6 box looks like exactly what I've been looking for too! I'm about to get my first Mac (Jan 15th - new Mac Pro :)), and it looks like it works not only with guitar but also with bass guitar, which will be great for me.

    One question I have though - what's with all the "amp modeling" stuff? Does that mean it will make your guitar sound like it's playing though a different type of amp? And if so, can you hear it through your external speakers? (I'll be plugging up a decent Logitech surround sound system to the new machine.)

    Thanks for the link!

    -Bryan
     

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