2642 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 19, 2009 2:18 AM by Roger Wilmut1
There's a wide range of mixers available. You could look at the Alesis range: most of these come with a USB output as well as an audio one. You can plug the audio output of a mixer into the line input of your Mac (assuming it has one, a few don't) or the Alesis USB output goes straight into your Mac and will be recognized by any recording software straightaway (and indeed this should apply with any mixer with a USB output: check that it says that it does so in the specs).
On the whole I wouldn't recommend using headsets: these are really designed for communications use. For the best results I would suggest either one microphone which you share, or two separate cardiod ones, and then separate headphones for monitoring. You will want to connect the headphones to the mixer's monitoring output, not the computer output.
If you really want to use headsets you should make sure that they will be compatible with the mixer. At the least you will need coversion jacks as these usually use 3.5mm and the mixer will probably use 1/4 in jacks or phono plugs (RCA jacks).
You might find it easier to record initially into a separate program such as Amadeus Pro: this will record from the mixer and you should not enable 'playthrough'. Then you would be able to play files off the computer (or have Skype running) - you would connect the computer's audio output to the mixer and bring it in that way. (If you enable playthrough you will bring the mixer's output back into the mix and you will wish you hadn't).
However you can record this way into Garageband, though you may not be able to record and play inserts from GB at the same time. However for editing you will find GB a bit clumsy - Amadeus would be much better for cleaning up fluffs. GB is good for adding inserts or mixing in post-production.
With this sort of setup Skype should work OK. However if you use the mixer output as the input to Skype the other end may have problems with echo - you will have to experiment to find the best way of dealing with this.