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Old 01-14-10, 02:22 PM   #1
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HELP! Guitar>Garageband (Mac) - interface needed?

Ok - here's the deal.

I have an electric guitar and an iMac. I want to use Garage band to do some basic home demo recordings, nothing fancy, just a few overdubs of guitar and bass tracks to show songs to band mates.

I have tried using an adapter taking my guitar's 1/4" cable down to a headphone jack so I can just plug into the computer. When I do I get a little white noise but that is it. I can't hear the guitar at all and there is no signal being recorded.

What in the name of High school football am I doing wrong here?

A few people have told me (and my bits of intrewebz research back this up) that I must get a preamp, guitar modeler or some other interface to boost the signal; ie, something that goes between the guitar and the computer. I've been pointed towards $500 "Guitar Rig" (I definitely do not need that), a headphone jack adapter with a built in preamp just for this purpose (supposedly Radio Shack or the Apple Store has them?) and everything in between.

Before you ask - 'so why hasn't he just gone to Radio Shack or the Apple Store already?' my friend who does tons of home recording, all with Macs, just told me he's plugged straight into his Macs with no problems. He said he sometimes needed to bump the audio level settings up on his computer but after that he was good to go.

Any thoughts/advice?
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Old 01-14-10, 02:26 PM   #2
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plug your guitar into your amp, and run the cable with the adapter from the headphone jack to the mac. make sure your amp is on.
some guitars have an onboard preamp. does yours?
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Without reading the tutorial, I think you need to use a guitar cable that has USB at the end of it. (shrug).
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plug your guitar into your amp, and run the cable with the adapter from the headphone jack to the mac. make sure your amp is on.
some guitars have an onboard preamp. does yours?
no headphone jack on my amps...although they DO have a 'slave' output.


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I just went through this. On the right side of the screen there are two little pull down menus for Input Source and Monitor. MAKE SURE THE MONITOR PULL-DOWN says 'On with Feedback Protection'. Once you've done that you should be able to hear the guitar. Better with headphones of course (using the internal speakers on the laptop can lead to feedback).
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behringer guitar link works for me.
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thanks pcad and Sabre - one of those is bound to work for me....will try it now.
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