noob guitar player

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by retrorichie, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. retrorichie macrumors member

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    Hey y'all... I picked up the guitar about 8-9 months ago and was hoping to mess around some in garage band. I was looking online and it looks like to connect to the MBA I need a USB interface. Any recommendations for something relatively inexpensive that gets the job done without too many frills and thrills?
     
  2. seepel macrumors 6502

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    You could just get a 1/4 to 1/8 converter and plug it into the mic. Probably sound just as good cheap USB device would.
     
  3. retrorichie thread starter macrumors member

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    MBA only has a headphone jack though. And from what I have been reading online, a pre-amp is pretty much required (or so people would have me believe). It is all very confusing :)
     
  4. luked14 macrumors 6502

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    You can plug a 1/4" to 1/8" adapter into the headphone jack and go into sound settings in system preferences and change "Use audio port for" to Sound Input.
     
  5. seepel macrumors 6502

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    I've had moderate success recording straight from my guitar. Of course it didn't sound great but unless you spend the money I don't think it will. I suppose it depends on your goals, are you just trying to play around for your own amusement or to share your music with friends? Then I think the adapter will save you some money and be sufficient. If you are trying to produce higher quality stuff then you'll have to spend a decent amount of money.
     
  6. retrorichie thread starter macrumors member

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    Awesome, that is what I have been looking for. All the stuff on Amazon like that was reviewed like crap. I see on Sweetwater that this is reviewed well--albeit with only 2 reviews. But I'll take your recommendation as a 3rd review.
     
  7. retrorichie thread starter macrumors member

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    Blarg, it's preorder everywhere. Not out yet?
     
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