So in order to achieve the best sound possible I use a MacBook and although it is from mid-2010 it still runs Mac OS Mojave and also the latest version of Garageband for the time being…
I have used Garageband for a very long time and the quality that I get from it is great by all accounts, save for a couple issues, which I remedied today thanks to amazon.com.
Today I made four purchases to add to my guitar Stoney V, which I plug in to my MacBook using an iRig 2 by IK Multimedia (it’s just an adapter that lets me plug in a guitar to my MacBook to record). First I bought a microphone which is a condenser microphone that plugs directly into my MacBook via a USB connector. It also comes with a pop filter and is situated with a cradle/nest for the microphone on the end of a scissor style boom that attaches to a desk with a clamp.
Second, I bought a midi keyboard controller that has 32 keys, comes with modulation and pitch wheels; has octave keys, transpose keys, and volume slider with velocity sensitive keys. It also plugs in and is powered by USB.
Third, I was in need of some studio headphones with a closed-back, over-ear design, which I find eliminates most feedback from the mix while recording.
Lastly, and most importantly for the whole process, I have struggeled with background noise on the electrical line and have understood that the best way of preventing this issue is to use a power conditioner. This has a surge protector build in and blocks both interference from electromagnetic sources as well as other frequencies like radio and static. That’s my understanding at least and if not then I just purchased a $34.00 power strip with a surge protector at least…
One last thing, I got some software too.
The first bit of software that I bought to compliment the studio rig I have going is “Midi Guitar for Garageband”. This long titled program allows me to play guitar and it will record it to Garageband as a virtual instrument. Now this will be mainly used to perform bass parts as if I was playing it on a bass guitar but instead I’m on an electric 6-string guitar.
The second bit of software I am using “Songwriter’s Companion” along with an app called “Tuck”. “Songwriter’s Companion” is exactly that: A tool to help with songwrting… it has a built in dictionary and rhyming dictionary. You can also write lyrics and record the sections or the whole tracks that go with the lyrics so you will know how it goes otherwise. It allows you to add chords too and notes about the song too… “Tuck” allows you to dock and hide any window to any of the four edges of the screen and when you mouse over the edge, the window you set up for that edge will slide out for you to use until you move your mouse away from the window, in which case it will ‘tuck’ back away to the edge of the screen.
Anyway there’s another app but I’ll leave that for the next time.