PM G5 Dual 2.3 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 10.5.8 & GarageBand

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by QSDP-User, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. QSDP-User macrumors regular


    Jan 13, 2015
    California, USA
    So, I seek recommendations for legacy audio input hardware for plugging in a guitar & mike
    based on real-user G5 experience with GarageBand.

    Then I'd make a note for searching eBay at a later date.
    There was an interesting legacy firewire PreSonus product I remember reading about.

    For some reason, I think Firewire is preferable to USB 2, but that may be a non-factor.

    This is for a simple set-up that my nephew could gradually expand on.
    Right now the set-up has GarageBand from iLife 09.

    Thanks for any input.
  2. user406, Dec 18, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2015

    user406 macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2015
    1. Not a real-user G5 with GarageBand experience
    2. Have Logic Studio and Logic Studio 2009 which idles a personal use
    3. Choose FireWire only. Even when some idiots will say you about power of USB 3.
    4. Very professional units made by RME (not low end models). But it is necessary to check compatibility with Power Macs before buying.
  3. Dronecatcher macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2014
    Lincolnshire, UK
    With the appropriate jack plug adaptor/cable you can plug mics and instruments straight into the audio input - OSX Core Audio is more than capable for basic recording. I've used this method many times on G4/G5 Powermacs, iMacs and Powerbooks.
    I currently do my music on a G4 Powerbook but have a Novation X-Station as an interface via USB. This is a stand alone Analogue Modelling Synthesizer that doubles as a MIDI controller keyboard and audio interface with plenty of INS/OUTS.
  4. QSDP-User, Dec 18, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2015

    QSDP-User thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 13, 2015
    California, USA
    Yes, this option slipped my mind completely, thanks Dronecatcher.
    An 1/8" to 1/4" adapter for the mic input would be a single simple set-up.

    Out of curiosity,
    I surfed eBay for some legacy low-end audio input examples, firewire & USB.
    Seems like one has to be aware of missing power cords & lost software.

    EDIT: Btw, I should mention that I'm reading up in the Digital Audio section of MacRumors.
    And I'll be searching out older G5/GarageBand threads.

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