Mac noob- can you plug a guitar directly into a Powerbook?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by O'Fuck, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. O'Fuck

    O'Fuck Guest

    A friend of mine said they had a cable that you could plug in direct... from a 1/4 inch straight into the Powerbook.

    But that friend also tends to be full of shit... so I was hoping to know for sure before I braved the mall to get to the Apple store.
     
  2. Eye For The Winter

    Eye For The Winter New Member

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    You can buy a 1/4-1/8 converter plug from Apple but I would suggest going to Radio Shack and getting the exact same thing for 1/4 of the price.
     
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    I did this to my old old Performa back in the day. It will sound like absolute shit.

    If your amp has a line out, use that instead of plugging your guitar right into the input on your computer. Better yet, get a gate and learn how to use it.
     
  5. thezak

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    Yes. Garageband works like a charm :)
     
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    If you've ever tried to connect your guitar to your computer, you'll appreciate the simplicity of the GarageBand Guitar Cable. This high quality, magnetically shielded cable eliminates the need for additional adapters - just plug one end into your Mac's input port and the other end to your axe.

    This high quality, magnetically shielded cable sports a standard 1/4" guitar plug at one end, and a stereo mini-jack at the other — ready to plug right into your Mac's mini audio-in port. Your Mac is one of those without an audio in port? No problem. We've got you covered with a Griffin iMic — no other adapters are needed.

    The GarageBand Guitar Cable — mini-jack adapter built right in, 10 feet long, and a steal at $24.99.

    Roofles
     
  7. manchild

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    :rofl:
     
  8. kevkid

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    Be careful if you get an adapter from radioshack cuz a lot of them are mono and not stereo so unless they have one, i would take the hit at the apple store
     
  9. mobbarley

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    its easy enough to check. You want mono at the guitar end spliced to stereo at the mac end if possible ;) We used to have them at the electronics store i used to work at.
     
  10. bandwagon

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    A guitar is mono too.
     
  11. Eye For The Winter

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    A guitar is mono, left only. When you record you want to set it to mono. There are not two tracks for a single guitar. GarageBand has amp modeling built-in but i would still suggest micing your guitar amp for a much better sound or getting a POD.
     
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    i plug my guitar into a distortion pedal then into my imac. I really like the way it sounds but then again I'm a newb so i can't tell the difference.
     

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