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I have an iPad with the free version of Garageband. Where do I start?

Jp2558

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As stated I have an iPad with the free version of Garageband. I know there are several Youtube videos, a few of which I’ve watched, but a few mention using an iRig. I’ve heard of them but in doing research I see devices starting at around $29 and some others at over $100. Where do I start? iRig2?

My goal is to do some simple backing tracks that I could use to practice with and then maybe expand to backing tracks/loops for the benefit of our acoustic duo, via playback through our Mackie 808s.

Thanks!
 

tguyfr

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I'd say : forget the interface for now. Start by learning the app. It's a box of tricks which is waaay more powerful and complex that it seems. I really dig the Music Memos app, which is pretty well implemented in GB for iOS : start a rough idea on Memos, turn on the automatic drums & bass, import it in GB and adjust the parameters... Or start a midi sequence in a chords generator, then import it in GB... Download the additional content, especially the drummers... Play with the synths... Buy the Moog stuff, the Model 15 is the best software synth on earth, I'm not kidin'... Then you'll need to ask about the interface ;)
 

Flamencowboy

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Get an irig pro and a mic and start recording.!
Thats all you really need to start , no need to get overwhelmed with all that can be done.
Start simple , have fun , you can do so much just in garage band.
The loops and drum options are great.
 

wildschwein

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Start with songs you want to record -- that's the engine that will push you through. Some people get caught up in the processes and learning this and that and get lost in all the options. Digital offers every conceivable pathway so don't get paralyzed by all the choices. If you need to record your songs you'll learn the processes as you go. Google everything you need to know -- it's all out there.

BTW just use Garage Band with the iPad's onboard mic and try that out. You'll be surprised by how good it is -- jump in and try to do some demos. It's pretty easy to use. I remember a few years back my wife just started using it on a MacBook and she doesn't even play an instrument and had a viable track going in an afternoon. I also saw kids learning to get going on it in one instructional session at the public library.
 
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BenF

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I picked up an Apogee Jam interface to record electric guitar and bass into GarageBand on my iPad. It works really well!
 

Bussman

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I have iRigHD and an iPad mini. It’s always in my guitar case and I take it everywhere. It’s great as a practice tool and for recording quick ideas on the go.
 

guitargeek6298

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Bump. I'm in the same boat, and I have no idea where to start. Every interface that I read about, there's bad reviews, people say it's junk, etc, while others say it's great. And to top it all off, some devices are years old, and I'm not sure if they'll still work with newer iPad's. There was a Tascam unit I was ready to buy, until I saw it has been out since 2012, so I figured it might not work great with my 6 month old iPad.

I just want to be able to hook up a mic and plug a guitar straight in and record a few ideas if they come to me. But I definitely want to be able to hook up a mic.
 

PaisleyWookie

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Bump. I'm in the same boat, and I have no idea where to start. Every interface that I read about, there's bad reviews, people say it's junk, etc, while others say it's great. And to top it all off, some devices are years old, and I'm not sure if they'll still work with newer iPad's. There was a Tascam unit I was ready to buy, until I saw it has been out since 2012, so I figured it might not work great with my 6 month old iPad.

I just want to be able to hook up a mic and plug a guitar straight in and record a few ideas if they come to me. But I definitely want to be able to hook up a mic.
irig pro IO will work great, or Presonus iOne.
 

jammybastard

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If you want to get the guitar signal into the ipad I’d recommend the Apogee Jam 96k, not the Jam+ which is latest version.
I have both and the 96k is better IMHO because it’s simple and direct
It comes with the correct cables to connect to any flavor of iPad.

I use it with my 2019 iPad Pro via USB-C as well as with my iPhone and
Macbook Pro.
No complaints.

You can buy a refurbished Jam 96k direct from Apogee with full warrenty for $40 off.
https://apogeedigital.com/products/refurbished
 

jammybastard

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Will this work?

BEHRINGER | Q802usb
It has a USB out?
Then it *might* work but you’ll need a cable to connect it to the iPad.
What version of iPad do you have? How does it connect?
Does it have a lightning port or a USC-C port?
Once you know that you can find a cable that has the USB type the mixer uses on one end and
the type the iPad uses on the other.
Example: USB-A to Lightning.

BTW - buy the official Apple cable to eliminate a possible point of failure. If the Apple cable doesn’t work a 3rd party csble won’t work either.
 

David MacNeill

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I want to help. But sometimes the song of experience should just shut up and let the song of innocence play — and figure it out on their own.
 

friend33

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I use a Rhode NT-USB mic as well as an iRig. The Rhode isn’t cheap, but works seamlessly (and you can sometimes find them used for around $100). The iRig is great for direct in (aside from running different instruments in as themselves, you can play great sounding bass lines using your guitar instead of the touch instruments, etc.)
 






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