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422 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 16, 2013 1:49 PM by ringnib RSS
ringnib Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 15, 2013 4:39 AM

I want to archive an opera radio broadcast to my Mac.


I initially thought of using my tape deck to record it and then use an RCA audio cable, via an iMic, to transfer to GarageBand.


My Apple Store said I didn't need the iMic, but could connect the audio cable directly into the 'audio in' port on the back of the Mac. They also said a USB connector would be better than the 'audio in' port (contradicted by AppleCare, as described in next paragraph).


I could use the iMic USB connector but it is 10 years old and not USB 2.0, and the Apple Store said I could get a seperate USB connector . . . however, just speaking to AppleCare Helpline they said the 'audio in' port would be better than USB !


I am seeking advice on the following :


- should I use USB or 'audio in' port

- if, as advised in the Apple Store, I initially go 'New Project' and select 'Voice', do I leave 'Tempo/Signature/Key' as they are at '4/4 120 bpm/C major' ?

- if, as also advised by the Apple Store, in the new 'Song' I click on the '+' bottom left and select 'Real Instrument', what options in 'Instrument Setup' do I select?

- do I have to select 'Recording Level', or actively select any other factors ?


Thanks for your time.

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,125 points)
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    Jul 15, 2013 6:03 AM (in response to ringnib)

    First of all practice using your setup before the opera so you will know what you're doing.


    Doesn't matter much if you use iMic or audio in.


    Again doesn't really matter what tempo, but you could set it low to get the max amount of recording time.


    You want to set the track to no effects.


    Set recording level with the radio volume, start low and turn up.


    Also make sure metronome is shut off. May want to monitor from computer. Don't use your computer for anything else while recording.

  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Jul 15, 2013 7:37 AM (in response to isteveus)

    You might also consider not using GB for this job - an audio editor like Audacity, SoundStudio etc. is much better suited for your purpose. GB tends to act up, stop working without warning etc. For a longer recording with a one-time chance, I would prefer a more reliable program that's made for exactly this purpose.

  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,000 points)
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    Jul 15, 2013 1:28 PM (in response to ringnib)

    ringnib wrote:


    Audacity or SoundStudio. The latter is an Apple product so I am inclined, if I have to, to go for that, but it is a bit pricey.


    the former is free, so there's no penalty for trying it

  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Jul 16, 2013 6:17 AM (in response to ringnib)

    I notice SoundStudio is created by Apple which inclines me towards it, but it is a bit pricey.


    No, it's made by Felt Tip (you might have confused it with Logic Studio.) It's not pricey at all, and if I remember correctly you can use it 15 times for free before you have to buy it.

  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Jul 16, 2013 1:15 PM (in response to ringnib)

    You can download it directly from the site and should get your free trials:



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