12 Replies Latest reply: Dec 13, 2013 9:17 AM by RobinRumpus
RobinRumpus Level 1 (0 points)

Does anyone know how/if I can record into Mac Garageband from iPad Garageband live (in real time) so that I can manipulate loops (changing levels, reverb, etc.) into a stereo mix on two tracks? 

 

Basically, I have 8 bars on my iPad and I want to live record and "play" that sketch into 3 minutes of bars on a stereo recording in Garageband on the Mac.

 

If not possible, is there some equipment to get me there?


iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iOS 6.1.2, iMac27
  • HangTime Level 9 (50,490 points)

    RobinRumpus wrote:

     

    if I can record into Mac Garageband from iPad Garageband live (in real time) so that I can manipulate loops (changing levels, reverb, etc.) into a stereo mix on two tracks? 

     

    i'm afraid you can't, GB does not record those types of changes, they must be made in post through effect automation

     

     

    RobinRumpus wrote:

     

    is there some equipment to get me there?

     

    you would need outboard effects for each type of thing you wish to do.

     

    iow, to record changes in level you'd need some type of mixing console between the iPad and Mac, if it had built-in reverb, or you added a reverb unit to its effect bus you could also change reverb (flanger, chorus, etc...)

  • RobinRumpus Level 1 (0 points)

    I know how to export the tracks to Garageband from iOs. It's more about using iPad Garageband as an instrument on Mac Garageband.  It seems like the technology should be able to exist with a simple adapter or something. 

     

    So I need a mixing board?  No other solution?

  • HangTime Level 9 (50,490 points)

    RobinRumpus wrote:

     

    So I need a mixing board?  No other solution?

     

    Logic instead of GarageBand on your Mac

  • RobinRumpus Level 1 (0 points)

    I was wondering if Logic could do that.  However, now I'm thinking that something like http://www.alesis.com/multimix4usb might be easier. I usually leave Logic to the BigGirl Studio.

     

    If I were to use Logic, could I connect the iPad simply via the USB?

     

    Feel like an idiot, but have a hard time wrapping my brain around the engineer aspects of all this.

  • HangTime Level 9 (50,490 points)

    RobinRumpus wrote:

     

    I'm thinking that something like http://www.alesis.com/multimix4usb might be easier.

     

    that would allow you to live mix the levels and pan of whatever you connect to it (e.g iPad)

     

     

    RobinRumpus wrote:

     

    If I were to use Logic, could I connect the iPad simply via the USB?

     

    no.

     

    the most simple method would be to plug the headphone jack of the iPad into the line-IN on your Mac, or an audio interface if your Mac lacks a line-IN

  • RobinRumpus Level 1 (0 points)

    This can't be as simple as plugging into the headphone jack of my late 2012 iMac, can it? And still get two tracks for stereo in Logic?

     

    Argh! I was considering going 1/4" to RCA on my stereo and recording onto a cassette tape last night, just to make it happen. But then what? Play the cassette back into the iPad's mic? Welcome to my new seminar: "Recording for 6-year-olds in 1986."

  • HangTime Level 9 (50,490 points)

    RobinRumpus wrote:

     

    This can't be as simple as plugging into the headphone jack of my late 2012 iMac, can it?

     

    only if the headphone jack doubles as the line-IN as well. i think the newer iMacs only support the longer plug that the Apple earbuds/mic use

     

    to answer the general question, in my case for instance: yes, i could plug my iPad into the line-IN on my Mac Pro and record 2 channels in GB or Logic (but i couldn't live-mix using GB)

  • mdee Level 2 (250 points)

    What instrument on the iPad are you wanting to use? Garageband on the Mac is much better... Ok so not as mobile unless you have a laptop but you also mentioned Logic and once you start with Logic then Garageband will be childs play. Like a toy.

  • RobinRumpus Level 1 (0 points)

    The headphone jack can serve as line-in on the newest iMac.  Thanks to your tip, I figured out that there is a problem with my headphone jack and I need to bring the whole machine back into Apple.  After that's resolved, I will look into making an $80 Alesis investment and do some playing around with straight line-in to GB.  If that ends up working out, I may then take the leap to Logic.  But in the meantime, thank you very much for the help.  In particular, you helped me be more articulate about what I was trying to do when I talked to the Apple Care people. 

     

    As for the other question from mdee, the idea is to use the iPad also as a doodle surface--easier to play in some quick strings or quick keys than to get an actual MIDI instrument.  I'm looking to keep it simple or at least cheap.  If I make up some really good music, then maybe I will invest in real studio time or better home equipment.  Until then... 

     

    Again, thank you for the help!

  • sunil2002 Level 1 (0 points)

    im using Griffin iMic usb audio interface Gc16035 with Apple camera connection kit to record to my ipad GB.

  • RobinRumpus Level 1 (0 points)

    I solved this problem with the Griffin iMic USB and plug the 1/8" jack audio out of iPad into the iMic so that I can record playing an instrument, such as the guitar app, directly into my iMac.  I guess I would have better sound out if I went from the 30-pin into a USB audio-in on my computer, but this set up works for the sketches I am making.  Also loving the Line6 Mobile Keys with both the iPad and Mac.