Newbie want to use garageband for home recording studio

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Member Since: Apr 29, 2007

I don't really know where to begin... I have an ibook and I would like to record acoustic guitar and vocal (2 or three tracks). What would be a good start to set up a decent studio.
It doesn't look like I have anywhere to plug in a mic it's all usb. I am not computer illiterate I just have never had any experience with any thing but a little cassette recorder!!
I actually did a little splitting of a soundtrack, to add another verse, in garageband, I was really impressed that I figured that out!!!
Any help would be great. It looks like GB would be good enough for what I need.

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Faze 2 Studios
Since: Aug 15, 2005

Apr 29, 2007 09:44 pm

garage band would probably do fine for what you need it. I dont know whwere, but i think there are USB microphones that sound pretty good for pretty cheap. you could get one of those and be set.

or maybe im wrong? i have no first hand EXP with any of this.


Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Apr 29, 2007 09:59 pm

Have a look at our affiliate zZounds, they have the Samson and another USB mic. They work pretty well for the basic stuff and don't sound bad at all.

Since: Apr 29, 2007

Apr 30, 2007 09:22 am

I don't mean to sound stupid but I usually just sing and play guitar... I've never done the sound part before. So what exactly is the Samson? What pieces of equipment will i need? Mics, monitor, audio interface?
I had been given a tascam but I couldn't begin to figure it out and then I remembered GB and I think I could grasp that. I just need time to work with it and learn.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Apr 30, 2007 09:40 am

...bringing sexy back
Since: Jul 01, 2002

Apr 30, 2007 11:05 am

i think a lot of people view garageband as a kinda consumer level low-end tool, which it is to a degree, but i've been using it for my business for a few months now (alongside cubase) and have been really impressed.

I use that Samson mic that the other suggested and that'll be perfect for what you're doing I'd say. Note though, when you get it, you need Mono 1 as your input, not mono 2 or stereo. Youll know what i mean when you try it.

But yeah, simple, just record the guitar to one track then record your voice on another afterwards, add effects and export.

I cant stress enough how much I love Garageband - I can be halfway through some little job in GB faster than i can load up cubase, make the folders, give it a filename and arm the tracks! When all you do is little jobs (and lots of them) that coupla minutes saved every project makes a big difference.

Since: Apr 29, 2007

Apr 30, 2007 10:05 pm

Have you had any experience with the Lexicon Omega Studio USB Audio Interface with GB?

...bringing sexy back
Since: Jul 01, 2002

May 01, 2007 10:40 am

nope, anything i do in GB is done with the condensor mic or virtual instruments. Why the interface, to get more channels in at once?

Since: Apr 29, 2007

May 01, 2007 06:59 pm

Yeah I would like to have possibly 2 mics and a guitar going in at the same time... is that why I would need an interface?

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