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little_yoharn
17th June 2006, 09:13 PM
Can anyone help, I would like to record some live music with my G3 iBook. Can I do this without getting a special program? What is the best way to go about it?

Thanks
Little yoharn

wilba
17th June 2006, 09:38 PM
Garageband?

Failing that, Quicktime?

mac_man_luke
17th June 2006, 10:20 PM
Garageband will do it beautifully, but with an ibook you will need an audio input such as a griffin imic or a behringer U-CONTROL UCA202

Also then you ill either need to plug it into the mixer or a very good microphone

c3017474
17th June 2006, 10:24 PM
Audacity is the business. Search versiontracker.com. It's freeware and pretty easy to use.

little_yoharn
18th June 2006, 06:33 AM
mac_man_luke I will be coming out of a mixer so do I still need the griffin imic or behringer u-control. If so what do they do?
Little yoharn

Brewster
18th June 2006, 06:43 AM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(little_yoharn &#064; Jun 18 2006, 06&#58;33 AM) 185372</div>

mac_man_luke I will be coming out of a mixer so do I still need the griffin imic or behringer u-control. If so what do they do?
Little yoharn
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You need something to convert the analog signal to digital to get into your mac via usb or firewire. Many modern Macs don&#39;t have audio in and even if they do the quality is not much good compared to a dedicated AD (analog to digital) convertor. The iMic is a starting point but there are lots of options that cost more and offer better quality from companies like M-Audio and Tascam. It depends on how good you want the recording to be.

pipsqeek
18th June 2006, 12:09 PM
Porbably out of your range (price wise). I use a Tascam US-420 to record on my G4 iBook. It&#39;s USB2.0, multiple imput. etc.

I&#39;ve heard good things about the iMic. but also heard just as many bad reports.

perish
29th June 2006, 03:31 PM
I use an M-Audio Firewire Solo. Very reliable. If you&#39;re looking at a breakout box at anytime, avoid USB devices.

little_yoharn
29th June 2006, 11:53 PM
So Do I need an audio interface (M-Audio Firewire Solo,behringer u-control, or iMic)or do I just come straight out the mixer and in through the audio input of the iBook? Using Garage band of Audacity?
Thanks

thephydeaux
30th June 2006, 03:45 AM
I used spin doctor to record a school musical.

Tim R

Squozen
30th June 2006, 02:16 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(little_yoharn &#064; Jun 29 2006, 11&#58;53 PM) 190127</div>

...or do I just come straight out the mixer and in through the audio input of the iBook?[/b]
An excellent plan, with only two small flaws. First, your iBook doesn&#39;t have an audio input, and secondly, your iBook doesn&#39;t have an audio input. I know that technically that&#39;s only one flaw, but as it&#39;s such a big one I thought I&#39;d mention it twice.*

Hence the discussion of using a USB or Firewire input device to allow you to get audio into the machine, you see.

* with apologies to Grant and Naylor.

timdotexe
30th June 2006, 02:48 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Squozen &#064; Jun 30 2006, 02&#58;16 PM) 190305</div>

An excellent plan, with only two small flaws. First, your iBook doesn&#39;t have an audio input, and secondly, your iBook doesn&#39;t have an audio input. I know that technically that&#39;s only one flaw, but as it&#39;s such a big one I thought I&#39;d mention it twice.*

Hence the discussion of using a USB or Firewire input device to allow you to get audio into the machine, you see.

* with apologies to Grant and Naylor.
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lol Red Dwarf at its prime&#33;

One of my favorites:
An excellent and inventive suggestion, sir, with just two tiny drawbacks: a) We don&#39;t have any jet-powered rocket pants; and B) there&#39;s no such thing as jet-powered rocket pants outside the fictional serial "Robbie Rocket Pants".

Anyhow back on topic, maybe give us some details on exactly what you are recording live and what you plan to do with it after. I have an Edirol FA-101 firewire audio interafce that can do 10in/10out. If you have access to the mixer then this opens the possibility to record each track as a seperate stream and correct audio levels later, but i am assuming that is beyond what you require.

little_yoharn
30th June 2006, 11:38 PM
Ok now I&#39;m getting some were.
I only need to record, "in stereo" our band practice. I&#39;ll save it to hard drive then if its worth saving I&#39;ll burn it off. pretty basic stuff at this stage. So I take it that I&#39;ll need some sort of converter (USB) and a program Audicity or Garage band. Correct. At this stage it will be the cheapest option.

timdotexe
1st July 2006, 07:53 AM
Yes that is correct.

jdagis
1st July 2006, 10:38 AM
I&#39;ve got a 14" iBook G3 600. When I installed iLife 05 on it, it wouldn&#39;t install GarageBand, as it didn&#39;t meet the minimum requirements—hopefully yours has a faster processor and will allow it to be installed.

forgie
1st July 2006, 11:57 AM
I&#39;ve heard people on the Ableton forums say that the M-Audio Fasttrack (or something) is really good for an el-cheapo USB box. I know the M-Audio&#39;s firewire boxes have some serious issues for certain people, so I&#39;d stay away from them (although they&#39;re probably out of your budget range).

Look up that M-Audio box. If your budget can stretch to more like &#036;500-550, look at a Presonus Firebox.

little_yoharn
4th July 2006, 10:23 PM
No I dont have a faster processor than 600Mhz so garageband is out of the question then. Bummer.

perish
13th July 2006, 05:35 AM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(forgie &#064; Jul 1 2006, 11&#58;57 AM) 190649</div>

I know the M-Audio&#39;s firewire boxes have some serious issues for certain people,
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Really? I use mine with Logic Pro, Ableton and even Cubase on my PC. Hasn&#39;t skipped a beat.

Squozen
13th July 2006, 08:46 AM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(perish &#064; Jul 13 2006, 05&#58;35 AM) 194314</div>

Really? I use mine with Logic Pro, Ableton and even Cubase on my PC. Hasn&#39;t skipped a beat.
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Perhaps you&#39;re not a certain person&#33; :P