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  • Student492426
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    Re: Help on getting the keyboard to play
    Joe, I wasn't using a microphone, I basically just connected it straight into the audio interface. I already have a specific kind of microphone that is used in connecting the microphone with the amplifier. The microphone is the mtp, 440 dm from the lewitt company. I will connect it with the amplifier that I use for my electric guitar. I just haven't done it yet. When you talk about using line or instrument, I am not sure which one I am using. How do I determine that? How do I make it on instrument. Thanks so much again. I will look into those videos.
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  • Joe A
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    Re: Help on getting the keyboard to play
    Ok, if you're using a direct connection [1/4" cable] from a pickup in an acoustic guitar, that won't provide the same kind of nice, rich, open acoustic guitar sound that you'd get by recording an acoustic guitar with a decent mic. An acoustic guitar's onboard pickup is more suitable for live amplification [through a PA system] than for recording, where a mic is always preferred. But it's common to plug an electric guitar [or bass] straight into the interface [as opposed to miking up a guitar amp] -- in that case you'd want to use an Instrument input, which should be a 1/4" jack on the interface labelled either Instrument or Inst or sometimes Hi-Z.
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  • Student492426
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    Re: Help on getting the keyboard to play
    I am not using an acoustic guitar, but an electric guitar. The wire is being plugged into 1L. There is a button below it called Hi-Z. I was told that that button always has to be on while recording on GarageBand. Is that instrument, you were talking about? If thats the case, then there isn't a way to get a better sound, apart from setting up a mic onto the amplifier.
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  • Joe A
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    Re: Help on getting the keyboard to play
    Ok, yes the Hi-Z input is the Instrument input -- it should be used whenever you have an electric guitar or bass plugged directly into the associated 1/4" input in the interface [but only when you're recording those instruments]. As to sound quality issues, I'm a little confused.. You said you were using acoustic guitar presets -- acoustic guitar section, natural flat pick and echo strum -- were you trying to get the electric guitar to sound like an acoustic guitar? Those presets are not designed to do that, they're just supposed to take a real acoustic guitar recording and improve the sound quality a little. If you are looking for a regular electric guitar sound, then you could do one of two things: - Plug the electric guitar into a real guitar amp and mic up the amp - Plug the electric guitar in directly (to the Hi-Z input, as you are doing) and use an electric guitar preset on that track in GarageBand with an Amp Designer plug-in [which would simulate the sound of a real guitar amp]
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  • Student492426
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    Joined: Mar 5th, 2022
    Re: Help on getting the keyboard to play
    Joe, thanks alot for the help. I did try to connect the electric guitar to a electric guitar sound but it was buzzing and wasn't clear. That's why I opted for the acoustic sound. Thanks again for all the help. I intend on soon setting up the electric guitar with a mic. I have all the equipment needed.
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  • Student492426
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    Joined: Mar 5th, 2022
    Re: Help on getting the keyboard to play
    I am slowly slowly making sense of all this mess that I know nothing about. Cheers!
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  • Joe A
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    Re: Help on getting the keyboard to play
    Hang in there, it'll all start to come together gradually..
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