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ringnib Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I want to link my radio tuner seperate to my desktop Mac to record an opera broadcast. I have a Belkin RCA Audio Cable, and I also have an iMic.

 

Would I get the best results connecting the cable directly into the 'audio in' port, or into the iMic and connect the USB end in of the iMic?

 

In GarageBand I have gone the route of New Project / Voice ; then +(create a new project) at the bottom left of the new GB window, and highlighted 'real instrument' . . . what options in 'instrument setup' should I select ?

 

In the 'browse' tab there are a number of selection options at the bottom ; likewise in the 'edit' tab there are a number of selection options.

 

Is it important to make specific selections prior to recording, or does it not matter, and one can tweak post-recording ?

 

I am also confused by the numerous audio level controls there are in the window : as well as one top left and one at the bottom, there is also one in the 'browse' tab, as well as an 'automatic level control' check box ! Which do I need to actively select ?

 

Grateful in advance for any help offered.


OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,335 points)

    ringnib wrote:

     

    Would I get the best results connecting the cable directly into the 'audio in' port, or into the iMic and connect the USB end in of the iMic?

     

    i very much doubt you could tell the difference

     

     

    ringnib wrote:

     

    I have gone the route of New Project / Voice ; then +(create a new project) at the bottom left of the new GB window, and highlighted 'real instrument' . . . what options in 'instrument setup' should I select ?

     

    instead of a real instrument track create a New Basic Track,this will be an un-effected track, which is what you'd want.

     

     

     

    ringnib wrote:

     

    Is it important to make specific selections prior to recording,

     

     

     

    no, none of GB effects are recorded:

     

    http://www.bulletsandbones.com/GB/GBFAQ.html#nondestructive

    (Let the page FULLY load. The link to your answer is at the top of your screen)

     

     

     

    ringnib wrote:

     


    I am also confused by the numerous audio level controls there are in the window

     

    the level controls in the mixer are only for playback, the only one that may affect the recording level, if it's enabled, is the one in Track "i"nfo:

     

    http://www.bulletsandbones.com/GB/GBFAQ.html#volumesliderdisabled

    (Let the page FULLY load. The link to your answer is at the top of your screen)

  • ringnib Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Many thanks for clarifying and simplifying something that initially seemed baffling and confusing !

     

    When you say 'the only one that may affect the recording level, if it's enabled, is the one in Track "i"nfo'. Do you mean the check box 'automatic level control'.

     

    Is it advisable to enable it, and why does enabling it switch 'monitor' to 'off' (and why does selecting 'monitor' to 'on' automatically disable 'automatic level control')

     

    If I want to both save the recording on my Mac and also burn it to CD, which is the best option to select in 'Share' in the menu bar : 'send song to itunes' and 'burn song to CD' seem self explanatory, but 'export song to disk' opens a window offering a number of options in drop down menus, and doesn't explain what disk is being referred to.

     

    I had assumed I could do a continuous recording for as long as there was free space on my hard drive (I am planning to record the broadcast of Wagner's Ring from the Proms, where the average length of each of the four operas is about four hours !), but was unsettled to read one of your FAQ's referring to max 1hr 39mins for a GB project. Please tell me I have misunderstood !

  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,335 points)

    ringnib wrote:

     

    When you say 'the only one that may affect the recording level, if it's enabled, is the one in Track "i"nfo'. Do you mean the check box 'automatic level control'.

     

    both the checkBox as well as the slider

     

     

    ringnib wrote:

     

    Is it advisable to enable it, and why does enabling it switch 'monitor' to 'off' (and why does selecting 'monitor' to 'on' automatically disable 'automatic level control')

     

    huh! i actually don't know why it functions that way, i've never used the auto level so had never noticed that before

     

    there's no way to advise one way or the other,the reason it's an option is because it may work great for some material,and not for other type. best advise is try it.

     

     

    ringnib wrote:

     

    If I want to both save the recording on my Mac and also burn it to CD, which is the best option to select in 'Share' in the menu bar : 'send song to itunes'

     

    if you want it automatically added to your iTunes library

     

     

    ringnib wrote:

     

    'export song to disk' opens a window offering a number of options in drop down menus

     

    uncheck the Compress checkBox and all the options will go away, creating the highest quality file

    ringnib wrote:

     

    and doesn't explain what disk is being referred to.

     

    your hard drive, SSD, external drive... it lets you save it whereever you wish

     

     

    ringnib wrote:

     

     

     

    I [...] was unsettled to read one of your FAQ's referring to max 1hr 39mins for a GB project. Please tell me I have misunderstood !

     

    read the rest of the entry, it explains how to record for longer periods

  • ringnib Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much, again.

     

    I can't locate the FAQ relating to recording for longer periods. I have browsed through them all, but can't locate it.

     

    If you could send the link within the next 24hrs before the first opera is broadcast, I would be very grateful !

  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,335 points)

    ringnib wrote:

     

    If you could send the link

     

    http://www.bulletsandbones.com/GB/GBFAQ.html#recordlinein

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    Hang on, wrong link...

  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,335 points)

    ringnib wrote:

     

    If you could send the link

     

    http://www.bulletsandbones.com/GB/GBFAQ.html#songlength

    (Let the page FULLY load. The link to your answer is at the top of your screen)

  • ringnib Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That's what I really call service ! Many thanks.

     

    Have to go to bed now, as up early to work, but look forward to reading.

     

    Thanks again.

  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,335 points)

    you're welcome, good luck

  • ringnib Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Good Morning !

     

    I have GarageBand '11 v.6.0.5 (428.5). You talk of versions 1 and 2 and GB3.

     

    Does the information under your heading  '08'09'11 apply to me.

     

    Do I have the latest / best version for my needs, or is there a better version available to me.

     

    The only window I can find with an option for BPM is when I select 'Voice' in 'New Project' and a 'New Project from Template' window opens with drop-down options for 'Save as / Where / Tempo / Signature / Key'. Signature is preset to 4/4 120bpm.

     

    If the data under '08'09'11 does apply to me, you say 'a 120BPM project can record/play for 5:33:16'. Is this still at 4/4, as preset in the 'New Project from Template' window (above).

     

    If I want to vary the recording time anywhere between 3hr and 5½ hrs, how should I adjust the 'Signature' options to accurately reflect the preferred recording time.

     

    Thanks again, in advance.

  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,335 points)

    ringnib wrote:

     

    I have GarageBand '11 [...]  Does the information under your heading  [...] '11 apply to me.

     

    yes

     

     

    ringnib wrote:

     

    Do I have the latest / best version

     

    yes

     

     

    ringnib wrote:

     

    The only window I can find with an option for BPM...

     

    http://www.bulletsandbones.com/GB/GBFAQ.html#settempo

    (Let the page FULLY load. The link to your answer is at the top of your screen)

     

     

     

    ringnib wrote:

     

    120BPM project can record/play for 5:33:16'. Is this still at 4/4

     

    time signature is irrevelvent, as the FAQ states

  • ringnib Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Again, many thanks.

     

    Is there a 'rule of thumb' ratio for how much decrease of BPM increases record / play time ? (eg decreasing by 10 bpm = increase record / play time by 'x' minutes)

  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,335 points)

    ringnib wrote:

     

    Is there a 'rule of thumb' ratio for how much decrease of BPM increases record / play time ?

     

    it wouldn't be hard to figure out, but why bother? set it to 40 and you'll have the maximum record time

  • ringnib Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK . . . Thanks for all your help.

  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,335 points)

    you're welcome, good luck

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