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Comment by Forrest Anderson on February 16, 2012 at 10:55am

Thanks Tom.

Comment by Tom H on February 16, 2012 at 10:35am

Forrest: You might consider an audio interface from Presonus. I have 2 and they are quite good. Check out the Presonus AudioBox 22DSL, or the 44DSL. I would not get the AudioBox USB because it doesn't record at higher resolutions (which you may prefer at some point). These interfaces also allow you to record multiple channels at the same time (say a mic for you vocal and a mic for your guitar). I use 4 channels when I record guitar/vocals: a mic for vocals, 2 mics for the guitar, and I take the direct out from the guitar just in case.

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Comment by Forrest Anderson on February 14, 2012 at 1:34pm


Thanks for all the great suggestions!

What is the technical term for the kind of "interface" I need?  Is it simply "audio interface" or something more specific?

Also, something that feels unnatural to me is layering the sound.  That is, playing the guitar in first, then adding the vocal, etc.  I understand the need to hear what it sounds like going in (like with stage monitors).  Is that something you just get over, or do some of you record more than just one voice or track at at time?

Comment by Ray - Capitol Hill on February 14, 2012 at 9:53am

I use an iMac for recording with Garageband.  Just getting started and haven't learned how to clean up the sound dynamics (I feel like I need a sound engineer). 

I use an Allen & Heath ZED FX10 as a mixer.  I also just got a Roland GR55 synthesizer for my Godin Multiac.  Lots of gear to figure out but lots of fun.  Some initial practice recordings here:

Comment by Arlie Box on February 14, 2012 at 8:25am

Since Forrest had said "My budget is limited.", I was trying to go with what may already be available to him, ( did I mentiom that I like "no extra costs" ) Sometimes a little imagination and creative wiring will pay off.


Comment by Nikki Rosetti on February 14, 2012 at 3:34am

Hi Forrest, I don't use a mac but use an E-Mu 0404 usb for interfacing with the pc. (I make up for the lower pc speed by using a DSP card)

For an inteface, compare max sample rates, good quality 24bit or better a/d converters, with monitoring facilities. I still however use a mixer (Folio F1) before this as it warms up the sound, allows you to have a little bit of gain on the mixer and a little bit of gain on the interface equals less background noise than loads of gain on the interface alone. Also with the interface, you tend to get just 2 balanced ins or so , whereas with my desk I have loads. I can put 3 mics on my acoustic guitar rather than be limited to 2.


Comment by Chris Moore on February 14, 2012 at 3:18am

Hi Forrest,

I use an iMac for recording (used it for recent album). Like Arlie said, you'll need an interface to connect any audio stuff to the Mac ie to convert audio to digital. There's quite a few on the market - I suggest you google 'em and look at magazine reviews - Sound on Sound mag does a lot of reviews.

I use an Edirol UA25EX, which is spot on - but I think they've been taken over by another company - 'Cakewalk' possibly. I'd advise you to get a good one because the interface is the first stage in getting the sound from your instruments and mic into your Mac/Garage Band setup so it's crucial to how your recordings will end up sounding.

I'm using LogicExpress - which is the next step up from Garage Band and wasn't too expensive at all for what it does. Never used Garage band but it looks straightforward to use.

The Edirol interface I use also has an audio output which I feed into a pair of decent monitor speakers which are much much better quality than the Mac internal speakers.

To sum up - I'd say get a decent audio interface and a decent pair of active monitor speakers (or separate amplifier and speakers).

Oh, and one other thing... you do need a good spec fast Mac with plenty of RAM so everything runs smoothly - digital recording does ask a lot from the computer.

Cheers and good luck!


Comment by Arlie Box on February 13, 2012 at 8:51pm


There a some rather inexpensive interfaces out there with XLR inputs.

I'm not familiar with Macs, do they have a stereo "line in"? and do you have the PA mixer from your gigging days? If you answered yes to the 2nd Q, does it have a "Line out"?

Perhaps you can see where I am going with this line of questions.

I used to have a Tascam 424 connected to my PC in this fashion

monitor out to PC line in


Comment by Forrest Anderson on February 13, 2012 at 7:10pm


I'm a newbie to home recording.  I've got a Mac and I used to gig.  I have a couple of pretty good AKG mics I used on stage and I want to know if I can use them to record on Garage Band, and if so, what I need to make this happen.  My budget is limited.



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