Someone Help Me (Mac User)

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by heyarchkeggers, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. Keep in mind I'm using Mac OS X.

    Okay, I have a super low budget recording studio in the making.

    When I record, I want tracks to show up individually as they do on the mixer.
    This way, I can edit and control each individual input.
    How can I do this on a Macbook?

    All I have right now is Garageband, a bunch of microphones, and an old mixer I connect using the red/white cables form like DVD players to a 1/8 inch adapter into the microphone slot.

    Thank you for your help.
  2. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    You need a digital interface. How many inputs do you need at any given time?

    Check this out: link removed
  3. ZebraThief

    ZebraThief Guest

    Without an interface you can only record one input at a time (through the mic input) and using your mac's soundcard can cause latency issues. Depending on what kind of mics you're using, you may need a pre amp to power any condensers if your mixer doesn't have phantom power. Getting an interface seems like your next priority, and then I'd suggest investing in some better software. Garageband works, but is limited and clips very easily (at least when I use it). If you like Garageband, check out Logic (as Garageband uses the same engine I believe).
  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    On top of what's been said, unless that mixer is boutique, ditch it. You don't need a mixer. If it's old and decrepit, all it will likely do is add noise.
  5. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Second the Logic Movement. Move before you get too comfortable with the bubble world of GB. This is coming from a reformed GB user, you will need to relearn everything when you get real software if you get too comfortable with GB.

    Logic Express is only 200: link removed You can always upgrade to Logic Studio later for the same total price that it would have been to buy it in the first place.

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