How to use GarageBand! audio interface

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Before you start using an audio interface

An audio interface is an essential part of DTM. It is an essential tool when creating songs, mixing, mastering, recording guitar and vocals, live streaming on video distribution sites, and many other things.

However, since there are many audio interfaces available from various companies, you may not know which model or manufacturer to choose.

Therefore, in this article, we will introduce reliable and recommended audio interfaces so that beginners can choose an audio interface with confidence.

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What is an audio interface?

An audio interface is a piece of equipment that converts analog signals, such as the sound of a guitar, bass, or other musical instrument, or the voice of a vocalist, into digital signals for input into a computer, or converts digital signals into analog signals for output to speakers.

An audio interface will be able to record sound louder because it will be able to amplify and input low output sounds such as guitars.

This reduces the amount of noise and makes it possible to record in an easy-to-hear quality.

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Using an audio interface

This section describes how to set up Logic and Garageband to produce sounds and record instruments from the “audio interface” of your choice.

5 points for choosing an audio interface

Audio interfaces are rich in features, and it is difficult to know which one to buy and how many features it is equipped with.

In such a case, check the specifications first by referring to the article “5 Points on How to Select a GarageBand Audio Interface” to find out which audio interface is best for you.

Here, we explain what criteria you should use to make your choice.

Audio Interface Settings

Now, here is how to set it up.

Garageband” from the on-screen menu
↓↓

“Garageband
Preferences”.

“Audio/MIDI
Select “Audio/MIDI”.

“Audio/MIDI
Devices”
↓ ↓
Change “Output/Input Device” to the “Audio Interface” you wish to use.

If an audio interface was connected, your audio interface will appear in the Output and Input Devices.
↓ ↓
Select “Apply Changes.”

This completes the setup.

The sound coming out of Garageband will be output from the selected audio interface.

Try it.

Connect bass and guitar

When recording bass, guitar, etc., a cable called a shield is required.

The shield can be inserted from either end.

Insert the shield into input 1 of the audio interface.

Now you are ready to play the guitar.

When not using an audio interface

The procedure for connecting an audio interface is as explained above.

However, when I do not have an audio interface connected, or when I am using a newer, different audio interface, I get ‘The last selected audio interface is currently unavailable.

If this item appears every time you start up the software, it is a hassle to turn it off.

If this item appears, it can be removed by changing the audio interface’s device settings.

The device here refers to the audio interface or other device connected to the Mac.

To do this, select “GarageBand” -> “Preferences” in the menu on the screen.

Select “Mac Speakers” for “Output Device” and “Mac Microphone” for “Input Device” in the “Audio/MIDI” and “Device” sections.

If you have selected an audio interface, the sound will come from the audio interface you have set up. In the above setting, the sound will come out from the Mac’s built-in speakers.

Input device is where the sound will come from. In the above setting, the sound will come from the Mac’s microphone.

Recommended audio interfaces

The following is a list of audio interfaces that the author has used and found to be good, as well as those that he has found to be good in other private recordings.

We recommend that you check the audio interfaces recommended here with your own ears and eyes when you purchase them.

Audio interfaces recommended by the author

Soundcraft Ui24R Remote Control Digital Mixer

It is an audio interface, or rather, an audio interface that is integrated with a digital mixer.

The Ui24R can operate the mixer from a PC, and can connect 32 channels for multi-channel recording and playback.

When used as an audio interface, the Ui24R can record at 32-bit 48 kHz, which is more than enough performance for high-quality recording.

If you are looking for a digital mixer and audio interface, you may want to choose one that comes as an integrated unit like this.

Audio Interface Summary

In this issue, we have summarized how to use audio interfaces.

Since the performance of audio interfaces these days are all very similar, why don’t you try using one yourself and decide whether it is a good or bad one?

See you next time.

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