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Garageband won't record instruments?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by nomadProdigy, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. nomadProdigy

    nomadProdigy Guest

    My friend wanted to use my studio for the night and he was using his MacBook Pro and he didn't install Logic Studio yet so he decided to stick with Garageband for now. I plugged in my Alesis Multimix8 into it and I had my MPC, my Electribe, everything connected right but whenever he tried recording a track on it there was absolutely nothing, it just wouldn't record. We're both sort of new at this so are we missing something that we need to do for it to work?
  2. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    I don't use G.B. but the most obvious thing is, did you get the software to recognize the hardware? Usually something like a devices tab, because GB was probably "looking" for whatever the previous device was that had been hooked up to it. You might have to load drivers for the Alesis.
  3. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    What were you trying to record ? audio or Midi? Were the audio outputs of your gear connected to you audio interface?
    were the tracks armed for recording?

    The online help IS the manual.
  4. nomadProdigy

    nomadProdigy Guest

    Both? The only MIDI instrument I have is the Axiom25 although my MPC and Electribe have MIDI I/O's. My mixer has usb connectivity so I'm pretty sure the use of a audio interface isn't needed, or at least from what I know. I'm not entirely sure as to whether the tracks were armed for recording, enlighten me?
  5. nomadProdigy

    nomadProdigy Guest

    When I booted the disc that came with the mixer it said that drives were already installed because I'm using Mac OSX. There's no devices tab or anything similar to that in GarageBand
  6. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Make sure your mixer is selected as your audio device, in the Audio/Midi setup utility (found in the utilities folder), check to see if the Axiom is detected as a Midi device

    Select your mixer as your interface in GBs preferences.

    The Axiom should be good through USB

    Be aware the GarageBand does not transmit MIDI to external devices. However there is the freeware MIDI I/O plug that will allow two-way MIDI communication.(google it)

    Look at the online help to show which icon for arming a track for recording.

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