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Moving from GarageBand to Logic Pro 9 - can't figure it out


dryanrussell

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Hi.

 

I am quite sure I am the 87,000th person to probably ask this question on this forum. I have been using GarageBand for a while. I have gotten pretty decent with it so I figured, why not move on up to Logic Pro? I bought myself an Apogee One, I bought EZ Drummer / Drumkit from Hell (I started using it on GarageBand first), and I bought myself a dynamic mic. First though, I figured I practice recording something with the Amp Designer. I have the Apogee installed on my Mac. It's plugged in, and since I am not using the mics at this time, I plugged the instrument cable directly into the instrument input on the Apogee. I set myself up a new project. I used the software instrument setting for the first track and set it up for Drumkit from Hell. I laid down a few drum grooves. Easy enough. Then I set up another track as an audio track, mono, input 1, output 1-2, and finally I clicked the I and R. Then I went in and set up the amp designer. In my mind, my next step was to just hit record. So I did. Drums started then I started to play the guitar and nothing! The program isin't reading the guitar. No sound. Nothing recorded. Nothing at all. I went through several cables. All of my cables are good. Checked volume on guitar. It was turned up to 10. So I have clicked several of the "buttons" on Logic Pro to see if there was anything that needed to be turned on to make the guitar audible. I didn't see anything. I'm obviously not a sound / recording engineer. however my idea here is for me to be able to write, record at home, and send to the studio for mixing or do it myself. But I can't figure out the first step of the whole thing, which is obviously to make my guitar make noises so they can be recorded. I understand I may be doing it completely wrong here. In the past I have just plugged directly in the back of the Mac. So I just figured that the interface would change everything and I could make some music. Not happening. Please help me.

 

Thanks,

 

Ryan

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I checked that as well. I even updated the Maestro software to OS X 10.9. I am at a complete and total loss.

 

When you are playing the guitar into the Apogee One, do you see the level meters in Maestro moving? (Caveat, I have a Duet rather than the One, but I am assuming that the Meastro software still provides meters in the case of the One.) If you do not see any signal there, your issue is with the setup/drivers/hardware of the Apogee One.

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Yeah. I've tried the reinstall, I've gone to another forum even to see if there are other opinions, and I have contacted Apogee as well. Hahaha. I think the problem is mostly due to me and my lack of experience on this platform. I am probably missing one detail that is holding me back. I know the unit works. External mic works. Very experienced player and writer and a newbie in the recording world...
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I suppose it is possible for the One's mic to work but for there to be a malfunctioning 1/4" connector. Or, it could just be a learning curve issue, as you have surmised. Either way, I'd expect that an Apogee rep will be able to help you get it sorted out. Good luck!
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What it turned out to be is this. Like I mentioned, I watched several videos, I read instructions (somewhat), I went on several forums (BTW, you guys have been the most helpful and I sincerely appreciate it), and I did trouble-shooting here at my house. I tried my Les Paul, my Explorer, and my SG, all of which I gig with. I went through all of my instrument cables. All had the same results in Logic and through the Apogee Maestro program on my Mac which was nothing. So it dawned on me that since the internal mic worked on the Apogee, I might as well try the XLR input on the Apogee. Turned out it worked with the mic on the guitar track, which to be honest my intention was to record with my amps and cabs anyway for final guitar tracks. But when I want to write, I can't be blasting a 5150 head while my kids are in bed and they have school the next day. So I need the ¼" input for amp models, not to mention for DI on bass so at the very least I can lay down my drum grooves and put down rough guitar ideas. So, after determining the XLR worked but the ¼" didn't, turns out that even though I am very new to this platform I'm not as technically inept as I first thought and my breakaway cable is indeed defective. I bought the Apogee on Ebay last month and when I got it, I registered it and with that comes a 1 year warranty. So, the guy at Apogee grabbed me a new on, tested it, and he is sending me a new breakaway cable free of charge. I sat at this computer for about 6 hours trying to figure this crap out. But that figures because a lot of times at gigs, as many times as i have been on stage, when I am about to start the show I ALWAYS forget to cut up the volume on my volume pedal and I always run around checking for inputs, checking my heads, checking cables, checking the guitars before doing the most obvious thing which is to check my frickin volume pedal. All that to say this, you all have been very helpful and I sincerely appreciate it. So, as it stands, I will hopefully be recording my next song in the next few days and start working on my album very soon :) Y'all have a good night!

 

Ryan

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