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451 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 1, 2012 8:30 AM by nuno1959 RSS
nuno1959 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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Oct 31, 2012 4:19 AM

Hi Guys


1st of all i posted this question elsewhere a few days ago but due to lack of answers ( wrong ''community'' ?.. ) i'm posting it here, i know this is frowned upon but what else can i do ? i DO NEED to learn this...



so, after a LOOOONG time of NOT playing bass, the bug came back to bite me & today i'm getting a bass guitar i ordered, a cheap & merry Cort Action A 4 string active bass - here :


now my doubt is this :


i have my iMac ( late 2009, 27'' i7, 16GB Ram.. ) connected via optical to a CambridgeAudio DacMagic which in turn is connected to my Roksan Kandy K2 + B&W speakers - it works super fine be it for email arriving/Trash can emptying sounds or Van Halen splitting my ears/driving the neighbours up the wall...

now as far as i can make of ALL the info i've been reading prior to ordering the bass, i can plug my bass guitar in my iMac by :


1 - cable with male USB to 6.3mm jack onto any USB at back of iMac - some say this creates latency  in GarageBand !?..

2 - cable w/ 6.3mm mono male jack to 3.5mm jack ( mono, stereo ?.. ) plugged into the iMac's headphones socket around the back

3 - a FW800 interface

4 - a USB interface


  if options 3 or 4 are best, any suggestions for a simple, high quality interface ? there are just SO MANY - each claiming to be the last ice cold Coke one will drink before entering the desert of course,...


considering the bass i'm getting + the fact i simply want to play over some songs from my iTunes library & eventually fool around with it in GarageBand & make a couple recordings, how should i go about it ?


sorry guys, i realise this IS NOT a single question, problem is there is SO MUCH information regarding these topics out there, much if not all ISN'T exactly written for newbs so i couldn't make  much sense out of it all, specially since there are ENDLESS variations : active/passive, DI/no DI, USB output from pre-amp/effects box, so on & so forth...


any help would be VERY appreciated, thanks in advance



2009 27'' iMac i7, 16GB Ram , Mac OS X (10.7), 2 X 1TB + 2 X 2TB W.Digital USB
  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,125 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 6:11 AM (in response to nuno1959)

    Any one of your choices should work. If I were you I would get the usb interface. All the big name interfaces offer pretty much the same features and all work great.

  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,125 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 3:28 PM (in response to nuno1959)

    All of those are very good. I have a M-Audio Fastrack Pro and a Apogee Mic and a few other interfaces like them all. Lexicon is well liked by many also same with the Sonus.


    I think you could be happy with any. Just make sure the one you pick supports your Mac and OS version.

  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,125 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 10:50 PM (in response to nuno1959)

    The i2m is a midi converter. You don't want that for recording audio.

  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,125 points)
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    Nov 1, 2012 7:07 AM (in response to nuno1959)

    Well that should work. But if you don't plan on doing Midi a audio interface will have some advantages. Better pre-amp, choice of outputs, near zero latency (if needed), gain and pad control.


    Of course the Midi conversion could be fun.


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