How to Connect USB with GarageBand as Input Source

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GarageBand is a powerful and versatile music creation tool that allows users to record, edit, and mix music from their computer. With the USB input, you can now use an external sound source with GarageBand for recording and playback.

The USB input feature allows you to connect an external audio device such as a microphone or keyboard to your computer. Once connected, your device will be recognized by GarageBand and you can start recording right away. You can even monitor the audio directly in GarageBand without having to go throgh any additional steps.

It’s also important to note that the USB input feature works with all versions of Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. This means that no matter what type of computer you have, you can easily connect your external audio device and start recording with GarageBand.

When usng the USB input in GarageBand, it’s important to make sure that all of the settings are correctly configured so that you get the best sound quality possible. To do this, open up Garageband > Settings > Audio/MIDI > Devices. Here you will need to select “Built-in Input”as the track’s input source and choose which of ONE’s inputs (either Mic or Instrument) you want to use from the Input pop-up menu.

Once these settings are properly configured, you can begin recording with your external audio device. With GarageBand’s intuitive user interface, making music has never been easier! Whether it’s creating a basic beat or laying down some intricate harmonies – now anyone can create professional-sounding recordings with just a few clicks of the mouse!

Adding an Input Source to GarageBand

In order to add an input source in GarageBand, you will need to open the Settings window. You can do this by selecting “Settings” from the top menu bar of GarageBand. Once you are in the Settings window, select the Audio/MIDI tab and then choose Devices. Here you will be able to select your input device from a list of options. Depending on what type of microphone or other device you are using, you may need to connect it to your computer firt before selecting it as an input source in GarageBand. Once you have chosen your desired input device, click “Apply” and then select that same device as the track’s input source when creating a new track.

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Changing the Input Source in GarageBand

To change the input source in GarageBand, first select the track you want to use, then click on the Smart Controls button. Next, click on the Inspector button. In the Recording Settings section, click on the Input button to switch between a stereo input channel pair and a mono input channel. Finally, choose the source from the Input pop-up menu.

Setting USB as Audio Input

To set your USB to audio input, open the Sound, Speech and Audio Devices window. Under or pick a Control Panel icon, double-click the Sounds and Audio Devices icon. In the Sounds and Audio Devices Properties window, click the Audio tab. On the Audio tab, under Sound playback, click the down arrow and then click to select USB Audio Device. That will set your USB as an audio input device.

Maximum Number of Inputs in GarageBand

GarageBand can have up to 255 input channels, depending on the audio interface and hardware you are using. Each channel can accommodate a single microphone or instrument, or multiple mics and instruments routed through an audio interface. The exact number of simultaneous inputs available depends on the capabilities of your audio interface, as well as the CPU power and hard drive throughput of your computer.

What is the Meaning of Input in GarageBand?

Input in GarageBand refers to the sound source that is being recorded into a track, such as a musical instrument or microphone. When you turn on monitoring for a track, the sound from the input is played back through your speakers while you play and record. This allows you to hear what you are playing while recording it into GarageBand.


In conclusion, GarageBand is an incredibly powerful and versatile music production program that allows users to easily record, edit and mix audio. Its USB input feature also makes it possible for musicians to plug in ther own instruments or microphones and record directly into the program with crystal-clear sound quality. With GarageBand’s intuitive user interface and wide selection of effects, users can create professional sounding recordings with ease.

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