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Can I record the acoustic guitar on the electric guitar track?

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thomasfromsanta ana Calculating status...
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Sep 10, 2011 7:59 PM

Hey, I just want to know if I can record the acoustic guitar on the electric guitar track?

GarageBand (Mac) '11, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,000 points)

    thomasfromsanta ana wrote:

     

    can record the acoustic guitar on the electric guitar track?

     

    yes, you could record your voice on it, if you so wished.

  • clive50 Calculating status...

    I use an acoustic guitar on the electric guitar track using Apogees Jam (USB) & can use all the amps and effects & record it as an electric guitar - really good!!

  • gjmnz Level 3 Level 3 (850 points)

    clive50 wrote:

     

    I use an acoustic guitar on the electric guitar track using Apogees Jam (USB) & can use all the amps and effects & record it as an electric guitar - really good!!

     

    How do you find the Jam? Was thinking of picking one up. Was it easy to install? How about build quality? etc

  • clive50 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Jam is a well-known & Apple-supported interface. Apogee is a respected interface manufacturer too. All you do is plug it into your electro-acoustic guitar and the other end into your Macbook pro USB (like me) & away you go - GB will see it immediately (under preferences of course) & away you go - great fun! Let me know how you get on.

    Clive

  • clive50 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You need to select 'electric Guitar' when you choose a new track to record of course - Good luck!

  • teggenberger Calculating status...

    I use the default (clean, electric) amp-model for my acoustic.

    I'm not happy with the sound though, but i like that i can add 'chorus' and 'reverb'.

    I still can't seem to get that rich, full, dynamic-range though.

    I go back-n-forth between using the 'mic'.

  • Scott Dog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I got an amazing electro-acoustic tanglewood yesterday for Christmas along with the JAM device thingy. I've plugged it into my mac (which runs iLife '11 and Mountain Lion). When I open Garageband, the light turns green (from blue). I've gone to preferences and changed the audio input to JAM and turned the monotoring on. When I play, the green light 'flickers' at each note which I assume means it is picking up that note but nothing appears on the screen when I record or even when I'm just trying to test out the sound.

    Confused

  • DTuned Calculating status...

    You can do it.  Just select "Real Instrument" when creating a new track, as explained here:

     

    http://www.guitar.com/articles/recording-acoustic-guitar-garageband-11

  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,000 points)

    DTuned wrote:

     

      Just select "Real Instrument"

     

    then it would not be an Electric Guitar track as requested

  • Edgar Level 3 Level 3 (965 points)

    thomasfromsanta ana wrote:

     

    Hey, I just want to know if I can record the acoustic guitar on the electric guitar track?

    Apple just messes up the terminology with all that Real, Software, Guitar, Basic, etc stuff. What it comes down to is that GarageBand provides three types of Tracks, a MIDI Track (Software Instrument) and two variations of Audio Tracks (Real Instrument, Electric Guitar)

     

    The Real Instrument Track (or Basic Track) is a standard Audio Track

    The Electric Guitar Track is also an Audio Track with just an additional component , the Guitar Amp/Stompbox. Just think of it as an Audio Track with an addition effects plugin.

    You can place or record audio on either Track, it is just what kind of processing is available (with or without the amps/stompboxes) and what effects do you want to apply to the signal

     

    If you are familiar with reading signal flows of a mixer, here is a simplified graph from my book that shows the components of those three types of Tracks in GarageBand.

     

    SignalFlow.png

     

     

    Hope that helps

     

    Edgar Rothermich

    http://DingDingMusic.com/Manuals

    'I may receive some form of compensation, financial or otherwise, from my recommendation or link.'

  • DTuned Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    When you start a new project in GarageBand, you're prompted to select from several options, including Piano, Electric Guitar, Voice, Acoustic Instrument.  The original question, I believe, was whether it's possible to record an acoustic guitar within a project that was originally selected for Electric Guitar.  As explained in the article I linked, and as I think is confirmed in the information provided by Edgar, the answer is yes.

     

    When you click to add a new track within your "Electric Guitar" project, you're prompted to select from one of three options: Software Instrument, Real Instrument, or Electric Guitar.  If you select Electric Guitar, you can plug in an Electro-Acoustic and play through one of the amp simulations--not ideal in my opinion.  But if you select Real Instrument, as I suggested, you can record an acoustic guitar by using a microphone, or you can also record an Electro-Acoustic by plugging in and playing clean or with some of the acoustic guitar effects provided by GarageBand.

     

    And if you start a project by selecting Acoustic Instrument, you can still have electric guitar on your song by adding a track within it and selecting Electric Guitar, which opens up the door to all of the electric guitar amp simulations and effects.

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