Recording with MacBook Pro

phishndave

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Dec 3, 2004
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Hello, I am in a band and we would like to record our shows using my macbook. I would assume that by using an 1/8 inch male to RCA males that i could record using garageband. I have tried this and plugged the RCA's into the tape out (****** board) but nothing seemed to work.

Any suggestions?
 

BurtonCCC

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phishndave said:
Hello, I am in a band and we would like to record our shows using my macbook. I would assume that by using an 1/8 inch male to RCA males that i could record using garageband. I have tried this and plugged the RCA's into the tape out (****** board) but nothing seemed to work.

Any suggestions?
I would get a USB or FireWire audio interface. The line in on your MacBook Pro really isn't going to provide good sound for anything. The best FireWire mixer (you can use it to mix your shows or record your band's next CD) is the Alesis MultiMix. There are several different channel inputs on various models. There are USB models as well, but you can't record as many track simultaneously.

If you just want a cheap audio interface to use, get one from M-Audio. Apple seems to favor that company. And so do I. :)

Daniel.
 

BurtonCCC

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dferrara said:
I thought optical-in was sweet. :eek:
I'm not familiar with optical or the RCA cables he's speaking of... so maybe it is sweet. I was talking about the line-in being crappy.

Also, nice Bible verse. It's nice to see a brother in Christ on here.

Daniel.
 

phishndave

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i have the M-Audio mobile pre usb, but i want to record straight from the soundboard to get the best mix and quality. THere has to be a better way to do this.
 

spinne1

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phishndave said:
i have the M-Audio mobile pre usb, but i want to record straight from the soundboard to get the best mix and quality. THere has to be a better way to do this.
There isn't. Going through an audio interface is the best route. Trying to go into the crappy line in will make it worse, not better. With an audio interface, you should get much better analog to digital conversion, and THAT is where your best quality is going to come from. Macs are not built to be first rate audio processors (with cutting edge or professional analog to digital audio converters), therefore don't ask it to do what it can't.

I would strongly recommend saving up the extra bones and get a decent Firewire interface (versus a USB 1.1 one) because it will allow good multitrack recording. You will eventually want this. You might now be satisfied with a two-track stereo master off the mixing board, but will later want to isolate all the instruments when recording to make a better mix.
 

simon-says

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phishndave said:
Hello, I am in a band and we would like to record our shows using my macbook. I would assume that by using an 1/8 inch male to RCA males that i could record using garageband. I have tried this and plugged the RCA's into the tape out (****** board) but nothing seemed to work.

Any suggestions?
I know this happened to me, and it drove me insane. But did you make sure to change the audio input to line-in and not leave it as the microphone? I thought my Powerbook was broken till I finally figured that out.
 

phishndave

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okay wait, so i can connect the Mobile Pre USB to the soundboard? How do i do that? XLR outputs? 1/4 inch?
 

spinne1

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phishndave said:
okay wait, so i can connect the Mobile Pre USB to the soundboard? How do i do that? XLR outputs? 1/4 inch?
You run line-level signal (presumably 1/4 inch outputs from the stereo main out of the board--or from an auxiliary main out) to your Mobile Pre USB 1/4 inch line-level inputs. There you go. (keep in mind that if the club is already using the only stereo main outs, there are ways to route signal to get around that, but you have to know the board a bit to do it).
 

Bobby Garcia

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Pro Tools for MBP

Just trying to find out if ANYONE knows or has heard news about Pro Tools going Universal (other than what is on digidesigns site). I've been sitting here with my unopened MBOX 2 threatening to sell it off, (I've had it for about one month). Is anyone else on here sharing my frustration?
 

spinne1

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Bobby Garcia said:
Just trying to find out if ANYONE knows or has heard news about Pro Tools going Universal (other than what is on digidesigns site). I've been sitting here with my unopened MBOX 2 threatening to sell it off, (I've had it for about one month). Is anyone else on here sharing my frustration?
How would anyone know more than Digidesigns?
 

zimv20

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Bobby Garcia said:
Just trying to find out if ANYONE knows or has heard news about Pro Tools going Universal (other than what is on digidesigns site). I've been sitting here with my unopened MBOX 2
did you not know about the current compatability state?
 

Vaphoron

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Bobby Garcia said:
Just trying to find out if ANYONE knows or has heard news about Pro Tools going Universal (other than what is on digidesigns site). I've been sitting here with my unopened MBOX 2 threatening to sell it off, (I've had it for about one month). Is anyone else on here sharing my frustration?
They have stated it will be out by the end of the month. You could install Windows XP and use that to run Pro Tools LE for now if you really need to and have an XP disc with SP2.
 

ledzeppelin571

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My drummer bought an Alesis Multimix 12 Firewire Mixer from eBay, but he didn't get a cord with it. So what I'm curious about is, how do I connect from my Firewire port on my MacBook Pro to the mixer? I see no Firewire port o the mixer, but I see the Digital Out port that looks like an RCA yellow-outlined port. I have no clue how to connect these, do I need more than one cord? Connectors/Converter cords? Please help me

I would get a USB or FireWire audio interface. The line in on your MacBook Pro really isn't going to provide good sound for anything. The best FireWire mixer (you can use it to mix your shows or record your band's next CD) is the Alesis MultiMix. There are several different channel inputs on various models. There are USB models as well, but you can't record as many track simultaneously.

If you just want a cheap audio interface to use, get one from M-Audio. Apple seems to favor that company. And so do I. :)

Daniel.
Hi, I saw your reply, so you seem to know your stuff. My drummer bought an Alesis Multimix 12 Firewire Mixer from eBay, but he didn't get a cord with it. So what I'm curious about is, how do I connect from my Firewire port on my MacBook Pro to the mixer? I see no Firewire port o the mixer, but I see the Digital Out port that looks like an RCA yellow-outlined port. I have no clue how to connect these, do I need more than one cord? Connectors/Converter cords? If you could help me I would really appreciate it.