MIDI, Microphone, Sound Recording, etc...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Euro-Canadian, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. Euro-Canadian macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2010
    Recently I changed from Windows to Mac (MacBook pro) as I was told time and time again that Macs are much better when it comes to audio and video editing.

    Since I got the Mac I have been learning about different programs and which program would be able to do what I need it to do, but I have no luck in finding a solution, therefore, I decided it’s time to come to the forum and seek some help.

    I will explain what I used to do in windows and would like to do the same in mac therefore I would appreciate any info on what programs I need to get and if I need to buy any external sound cards for mac (if they exist) or recording sound mixers…

    1. I have a microphone Sure SM58 which I connect to the echo machine.

    2. Echo machine has a “line out” output and my PC had a “line in” input to which I would connect the echo machine; this way anything I say into the microphone will be heard on the computer speakers.

    3. I would play a MIDI file on “Van Basco Karaoke Player”

    (Now I would be able to play the Midi File and sing in the microphone at the same time and be able to hear both things being played out of the computer at the same time, and in the “volume control” in the lower right hand side of the desktop I was able to control the volume of each of them)

    4. I would start the “Sound Forge” or “Cool edit pro” for sound recording and record anything that is output through the computer. (Me singing + the MIDI file playing both at the same time)

    Is there any way that I could do this on my mac computer with the Garageband or I will need to get another program that will be able to do this.

    Also I need a good karaoke/midi player for mac, could you please recommend one.

    If I need to buy all the new equipment (i.e. sound mixer, etc.) that is fine as I do have a couple of thousand of dollars to spend on my mini personal recording studio, but I would like to pass as cheap as I can since this is just a hobby of mine and I am not a professional. I would really appreciate it if you can recommend what I will need to be able to do what I need done, basically sing live with a midi and record at the same time.

    Thank You
  2. jackerin macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    You should be able to do it in Garageband, though the standard way of doing it there might be a bit too processor-intensive for you.

    The way Garageband handles MIDI files (which you can just drag-and-drop onto the timeline) is that it creates a new software instrument for each track. These are of quite higher quality than the ones playing in Quicktime, but require a lot more processor power; it will sound different from when you play the MIDI on your PC because depending on your setup your sound card might handle all the playback of samples. (If you don't know how MIDI files work now is a good time to find out.)

    When you have all the instruments playing in Garageband, just create a new "real instrument" track and set the input channel to line-in (after connecting your echo thing to your line-in of course).

    If your computer is not fast enough to play back all instruments there are a couple of things you can do:
    1) export the instruments-only from Garageband to a new file (use export to disk rather than to iTunes). Then make a new Garageband project and import the file you just exported.
    2) if you don't like the sound of the Garageband instruments you can use the Quicktime software ones; open the MIDI file in QTAmateur and select export to AIFF, then use the same procedure to import into Garageband and record vocie.
  3. forcefieldkid macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010
    If you're looking to go the full way beyond what a free program like Garage Band (as handy as it is) can do, I would suggest looking into something like a DigiDesign setup with full rack, speaker and Pro Tools software, all run on a Mac excellently and are generally what people are talking about when you hear the 'Mac is best for audio and music production' sales pitch.

    If you're looking to just do it with Garage Band then what the poster above said would work, have a play around with GB and see what you can do, might find it's a lot more than what you've been able to do in the past. I've wasted many a day playing with samples on that program!

    Not sure if you're suggesting that you've tried to do it and it didn't work or not though?

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