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    Default How to hook uke up to mac

    I want to use my concert electric/acoustic lanikai ukulele with garageband to record my self some backing tracks to practice solos by.

    -What type of cable/ connectors do i need to do this?

    - mono/stereo? whats the difference/best/cheapest?

    -Do i plug into USB? Ear phone hole?

    Help. Im not great with a mac. Please walk me through it, thanks

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    Well, your Mac has a built in mic that's not awful. You could just stand in front of it and play.

    Or you can get something like Griffin's iMic.

    http://store.griffintechnology.com/imic


    Scooter

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    This has worked for my MacBook and GarageBand:

    You need:
    1. Standard "electric guitar" cable. This has the male 1/4" monaural plug at each end.
    2. A 1/4" female monaural - to - 3.5mm male monaural adapter. Get one at Radio Shack, et. al. It looks like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-GMP113-in.../dp/B000068O47

    Be sure this adapter is monaural, not stereo.

    Using the cable plugged into your 'uke, and the adapter on the other end, plug it into the external microphone jack on your Mac. On the MacBook, this is next to the headphone/earbud jack.

    Go to Systems Preferences -> Sound -> Input. Select the Line In (instead of the Internal Microphone)

    Now you should be able to start Garage Band and hear yourself playing. If so, you're ready to record.

    Rock on!
    Last edited by Ingrate; 03-25-2012 at 06:36 AM.

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    Just get a Griffin I-Mic and plug a 3/4" gold plated to 3.5 mm into the I-Mic and uke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingrate View Post
    This has worked for my MacBook and GarageBand:

    You need:
    1. Standard "electric guitar" cable. This has the male 1/4" monaural plug at each end.
    2. A 1/4" female monaural - to - 3.5mm male monaural adapter. Get one at Radio Shack, et. al. It looks like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-GMP113-in.../dp/B000068O47

    Be sure this adapter is monaural, not stereo.

    Using the cable plugged into your 'uke, and the adapter on the other end, plug it into the external microphone jack on your Mac. On the MacBook, this is next to the headphone/earbud jack.

    Go to Systems Preferences -> Sound -> Input. Select the Line In (instead of the Internal Microphone)

    Now you should be able to start Garage Band and hear yourself playing. If so, you're ready to record.

    Rock on!
    Great news, getting a Macbook when the new ones come out in a couple of months, would hoping they would be this simple!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukudaily.co.uk View Post
    Great news, getting a Macbook when the new ones come out in a couple of months, would hoping they would be this simple!
    Looking at Apple's website, it appears that the Macbook Air doesn't have the audio in port. Here's a screen capture:

    Picture 1.jpg

    The Macbook Pro appears to have it:

    Picture 2.jpg

    Unless this port is present, you cannot use the hookup I described.

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    If you have a 1/4 jack to usb cable can you plug the uke into the USB slot adn use it in garageband?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingrate View Post
    This has worked for my MacBook and GarageBand:

    You need:
    1. Standard "electric guitar" cable. This has the male 1/4" monaural plug at each end.
    2. A 1/4" female monaural - to - 3.5mm male monaural adapter. Get one at Radio Shack, et. al. It looks like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-GMP113-in.../dp/B000068O47

    Be sure this adapter is monaural, not stereo.

    Using the cable plugged into your 'uke, and the adapter on the other end, plug it into the external microphone jack on your Mac. On the MacBook, this is next to the headphone/earbud jack.

    Go to Systems Preferences -> Sound -> Input. Select the Line In (instead of the Internal Microphone)

    Now you should be able to start Garage Band and hear yourself playing. If so, you're ready to record.

    Rock on!
    Ingrate, I can't thank you enough for this info. I've looked high and low for this easy solution. I think I've found parts of it here and there, but didn't have the mental capacity to put the pieces together. I'd been told I needed some fancy interface type thing that costs more. I'm gonna get my Eleuke Peanut plugged in to Garage Band!!!!! Sooo awesome!!!!
    Christine in Woodstock, Georgia, USA (Atlanta area)

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanflynn View Post
    If you have a 1/4 jack to usb cable can you plug the uke into the USB slot adn use it in garageband?
    Hi vanflynn

    I'm very certain it does not work. Your ukulele sends out an analog signal. USB port expects a digital signal (plus interface protocol signal). They are two completely different signals and not compatible.

    I've actually never seen a 1/4" jack to USB???

    Cheers
    Chief

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    Thanks Chief. In hindsight that makes sense. They do make the cord:

    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/deta...FSWFQAodaGP00Q

    thanks for the help

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