Before using strumming the guitar, it is important to understand how to connect it to the Mac. You can use a ¼ -1/8 inch mono audio cable. The 1/8 inch connector will go to Mac and the ¼ inch connector plug into the guitar. Ensure that the cable you choose is light. If an adapter is added, it may add more weight to a standard guitar cable and put a strain on Mac’s audio port. You can also plug the guitar into a various audio interface that has a FireWire, thunderbolt, or a USB connector. You can use the interface to direct the output of the guitar to the mac.
Configuring the input and output settings of the Garageband
You need to configure the garage band regardless of what you choose. Configuring it will help to detect the guitar. Launch the garage band and choose the Amp Collection from the projector chooser. Click on the triangle that is next to the details if you don’t see the Details part at the bottom of the window. Choose the input that the guitar is using from the audio input menu. Choose the built-in line input if your guitar is plugged into the Mac directly or the audio interface that you are using and click on the Choose button.
Tracks and tuning
The track header will display about 15 tracks when the garage band window appears. The tracks range from clean sounds like Brit and Clean to tracks that have effects and overdriven amps like a maelstrom.
Brit and Clean track will be selected by the default. When playing the guitar, you will see the meter within the selected track react. Click on the input monitoring button in the tracker header to hear what you are playing. The sound of the guitar will play through the output device that you picked. You can select another track and allow the input monitoring button to get the sound.
If you can’t see anything on the meter and the volume knob of the guitar is turned up, go to garage band and select preferences, then audio or MIDI and ensure that the output and input device menu s are configured well.
If you are getting the sound into the garage band, choose Brit and Clean again and click on the Tuning button. It looks like a tuning fork on the control panel. A tuning window will appear, pluck a string and the meter will show you how close you are to the right pitch. Adjuster the tuners of the strings until they read green and then fine-tune using your ears.
Selecting and tweaking sounds
If you can’t see the library area, select view then shows library. The library pane has a list of crunch guitar, clean guitar, distorted guitar, and experimental guitar, Crunch base, clean bass, and experimental bass. Select the desired entry, and a list of presets will appear within the category. Select any of the presets and play the guitar.
Adjust the preset’s amp and the effects settings on the smart controls button and the preset’s smart controls.
After selecting your desired choices, click the record button on Garageband and record.