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flyashy Calculating status...
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Sep 3, 2013 8:08 AM

Hi Apple Community,

I recently (3 weeks back) got an iMac 27" (late) 2012 model which, while a great jump up from my earlier 2010 model, is giving me a hard time as far as recording my guitar in Garageband is concerned.

The earlier iMac had separate input & output ports at the back but this one has only one audio input/output port at the back.

I used to use iRig for guitar input interface & it worked beautifully on my earlier mac. With this one there seem to be issues.

 

First of all when I plug in iRig, in my sound input field I only get the 'External microphone'/ type: microphone port' option. There is no other option for a line in etc.

 

I searched the forum and found a post that mentioned the 'Use Audio Port for' option for macs that have only one audio port.

The problem is that option is not available on my system. I don't know if it is a limitation or there's a compatibility issue with iRig, but that option is just not available on my system.

 

Furthermore, as iRig has a built in headphone out I also don't get an option to use the system speaker for sound out.

 

There is no way for me to test if this is a limitation of the new iMac or a compatibility issue with the iRig interface as I don't have any other interface gadgets available to me.

 

If I use the external headphone option in sound input panel I get incredible amounts of feedback and can't really use it at all.

 

Any help that anyone can provide in this regards would be incredibly helpful since my garageband is rendered useless as of now.

Thanks,

flyashy

GarageBand (Mac) '11, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,350 points)
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    Sep 3, 2013 2:07 PM (in response to flyashy)
    The earlier iMac had separate input & output ports at the back but this one has only one audio input/output port at the back.

     

    Is it really a combined audio input/output port or only a headphone port?

     

    If it is a headphone port, you cannot use it for recording; then you would need an USB audio interface, like the Apogee Jam.

     

    I have never used the iRig, so I cannot help with the headphone question there.

  • IsraBonanza Calculating status...
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    Sep 7, 2013 9:45 AM (in response to flyashy)

    Here is an idea. But you will need an idevice

     

    Plug your irig in your iphone or ipad, run garageband there, and link it to your mac via wifi or bluetooth

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,350 points)
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    Sep 7, 2013 10:36 PM (in response to flyashy)

    Right now there's no sharing possible between iOs device and iMac. So I can use the jam-session option between my iPhone & iPad but not with my iMac.

    What you can do, is record all real instruments tracks in GarageBand on your iPad and share the GaragBand song to iTunes or iCloud. This way you can share a project, not only an audio file to your mac. It will depend on your IOS version Mac OS version, if that is possible.

     

    If your system versions support sharing, you can open an Garageband for IOS project on your Mac. It will be converted for Mac and you can start from there.

     

    See:  GarageBand for iPad: Share GarageBand songs

    Send a GarageBand song to iTunes:

    • Tap the My Songs button, then tap Edit.
    • Tap the song you want to send, then tap the Share button Share button.
    • Tap Share Song via iTunes.
    • Do one of the following:After you tap the iTunes icon, you can choose the quality of the file GarageBand sends to iTunes. You can also add artist, composer, and title information that appears in iTunes.
      • To send the song as a GarageBand song, tap GarageBand.
      • To send the song as an audio file, tap iTunes, then tap Share.
    • Sync your iPad with your computer.In iTunes, the exported song appears in the Documents list in the File Sharing area when GarageBand is selected.
    • Do one of the following:
      • Drag the song from the GarageBand Documents list to the Finder.
      • Click Save As, navigate to the location where you want to save the song, then click Save.

    You can open the GarageBand song in GarageBand on your Mac, or play the audio file in iTunes (or any compatible audio application) on your computer. GarageBand songs cannot be opened on a Windows computer.

     

    I am using the Apogee Jam with my Strat to record it on my MBP, even if my MBP has a "line in" port. The sound is way better than using the "line in".

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,350 points)
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    Sep 7, 2013 10:50 PM (in response to léonie)

    And to transfer projects from the iPad using iCloud, if you want to avoid the iTunes detour and your MacOS supports IOS 5:

     

     

    See:  Re: Transferring Garage Band  from iCloud to my iMac

     

    http://skimfeed.com/blog/how-to-move-garageband-files-from-ipad-to-mac-without-i tunes-using-icloud/

  • IsraBonanza Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 9, 2013 5:49 AM (in response to flyashy)

    No jam session support for iMac? Thats sad :(

  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Sep 11, 2013 1:39 AM (in response to flyashy)

    You should be able to reduce the gain either at the device or in your track's info pane in GB.

  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Sep 11, 2013 5:11 AM (in response to flyashy)

    Well, it's called guitar link, isn't it? The Behringer has a level switch (hi/lo) on the side, don't know about your device.

  • IsraBonanza Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 11, 2013 7:23 AM (in response to flyashy)

    Try this last resort

     

    Plug yor iRig interface in the usb audio interface you just bought. Since it is seen as a mic input by the mac, and the irig turns the instrument signal into a mic signal, it should work. Maybe a little bit noisy but, in theory, it should work

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