10 Replies Latest reply: Mar 18, 2013 1:19 PM by mmasias
mmasias Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello

 

I just bought an Squire Fender USB Guitar. When I load the Garageband and plug the guitar (via the USB provided cable), can't hear the guitar on the Mac. Then I put ad ear phones on the guitar, and I can hear sound, but I am unable to record anything...

 

I'm missing some step?


GarageBand (Mac) '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,275 points)

    Did you select the select the guitar in Garageband preferences?

     

    Using a Guitar track?

     

    Select the input channel and turn monitoring on in the track info window?

  • mmasias Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, yes and yes... Still unable to record the guitar :(

  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,275 points)

    What happens if you start recording? Do you get any waveform in the track?

     

    If you drop a audio loop in the track can you hear that from the guitar headphone output?

  • mmasias Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    When i start a recording, it records the guitar and shows a waveform in the track.

     

    As I said, I can hear the sounds through the guitar headphone, but the iMac speakers are dead (muted when i plug the guitar).

     

    Could be this the "normal" way to work when the squier usb guitar? I was expecting that my Guitar + Mac works as a normal guitar + amplifier combo...

  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,275 points)

    Go to Garageband > Preferences > Audio Midi and choose the iMac speakers for output.

     

    You can monitor from the guitar or the iMac.

  • mmasias Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Doesn't work: I'm unable to monitor from the iMac. As you can see, the audio icon seems to be grayed.

     

    Captura de pantalla 2013-03-16 a la(s) 15.08.24.png

     

    Could be a guitar problem?

     

     

    PS: Thank you for your support!

  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,275 points)

    You have the correct settings. You sure you have monitoring turned on?

     

    Do you have anything plugged into the iMac's headphone jack. Try plugging headphones into the mac, can you hear the guitar?

  • mmasias Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, monitoring is turned on:

     

    Captura de pantalla 2013-03-16 a la(s) 16.26.23.png

     

    And no, i don't have anything pluged into the jack, just the USB of the guitar.

  • mmasias Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Exactly! The order was very very important:

     

     

    When connecting the Squier Strat USB Guitar to your Mac:

     

    1. Connect the mini USB connector end to your guitar first.
    2. Then connect the standard USB-A connector to your Mac.
    3. Once the guitar is connected to your Mac, launch GarageBand.
    4. In GarageBand, go to the Preferences in the GarageBand menu.
      • There select Audio/MIDI and select the USB Guitar as your Audio Input
      • Select either the USB Guitar or the Built-In Audio as your Audio Output.
      • Close the Preferences window.
    5. In the arrange window, click on the Monitoring button as shown below to turn on Input monitoring for your Strat USB guitar.

     

     

    Thank you very much isteveus and mdee for your help!