Using MacBook Pro to convert analog to mp3 via GarageBand

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by HeadSouth, May 26, 2006.

  1. HeadSouth

    HeadSouth Guest

    HELP! I'm new to the forums, so hello all and thanks for any advice you may have.

    I am so annoyed with myself for not being able to figure this out. I SUCK with stuff like this.

    The problem: I have songs recorded onto a cassette tape via an analog 4-track recorder. The 4-track has Line In L&R and Line Out L&R. I want to get these songs onto my MacBook Pro. I talked to a friend of mine (who I can't get in touch with to help me) and he said that this is possible by hooking my 4-track up to my computer with an iPod Monster Cable and recording onto GarageBand. I just went to Radio Shack and got the "iCable." I asked the manager if it would work before I bought it and he said it should. So now I'm sitting here, getting frustrated because I can't figure this mess out. I'm trying to go about this thing methodically and logically, but I just keep getting more frustrated.

    I have the L&R inputs of the Monster Cable plugged into the Line Out L&R inputs of the 4-track. I have the other single-tipped end plugged into the "Audio In" jack of my MacBook Pro. I opened GarageBand (which is the latest version, I just updated it about 15 minutes ago) and sat there confused. What now??? I tried the obvious stuff first, like pressing record in GarageBand and play on the 4-track...nothing. I can't figure this crap out!

    Again, any advice is appreciated. Thank you!!
  2. lantiss

    lantiss Guest

    Download a demo version of Sound Studio 3, then open the Preferences in the File Menu and choose Line In as INPUT, then play your 4 track and hit record in Sound Studio, that's it. Garage Band is not a software I really use. After Save as MP3 so you can use your song in any MP3 software.
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