I have a few songs written on guitar. I have a guitar. I have an old imac, i have an old mixer... where do i begin? I dont know how to layer tracks, what to start with first? It seems overwhelming to just begin recording even 1 simple song...
the mixer has firewireI really recommend Garageband. It’s more capable than people give it credit for. I’ve mixed some great songs on Garageband before, even though I’m using something more professional now.
Does your mixer have a USB port? If not, you should invest in an audio interface so you can do the actual recording.
thanks. mostly not gibberish...Software first. If you have GarageBand on the Mac, that would work - or audacity, which is a free download.
Easiest and perhaps simplest route - download Audacity. Connect your iMac's inputs to the old mixer you have. job done.
Of course, the snags really just start then. You need at the very least headphones. If you have separate inputs and outputs on the Mac, then whatever plugged into the mixer will work - it will take a bit of fiddling to get the levels right.
Easiest better quality route would be a cheap interface - look up focusrite Scarlett 2i2. It can have mics or line level inputs. It has headphones and other outputs for a speaker system/amp. Maybe Reaper or Cubase elements as a DAW - more useful with effects and instruments too.
This will either make sense to be gibberish. If it's confusing then you need to read around - including posts on this forum and maybe look at Sound on Sound Magazine - things like that to get the basics into your head.