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Using the LINDY USB Guitar Cable with Garageband ’11

May 19, 2011

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Setting up our USB Guitar Cable with Garageband ’11 couldn’t be easier…

Before launching Garageband, first plug the USB Guitar Cable into a spare USB port on your Mac. We recommend you plug directly into a port on the Mac rather than a USB hub.

You should see the blue LED illuminate on the Guitar Cable’s USB connector.

Plug the cable into your guitar.

Now launch Garageband. Select New Project and then choose the Electric Guitaroption.

From the next option you can name your project. Once the project has loaded, you should see this message:

Click Yes to select “Generic USB Audio Device” (i.e. the USB Guitar Cable).

IMPORTANT! By default, Garageband will automatically select this device for both input and output. To actually hear your guitar you must change the output to a different device!

To do this, go to the the Garageband menu, select Preferences and click theAudio/Midi tab. Change the default from Generic USB Audio Device to the device you’d like to use on your Mac. For instance, Built-in Output to use the Mac’s onboard speaker:

This message will appear:

Click Yes.

Now you should be able to play and hear your guitar. If you can’t hear anything, make sure the Monitor On icon is selected. You can check it here…

…or by clicking on the amp in the right hand side window. You can also change the Noise Gate threshold here to reduce any buzz you might be experiencing, especially if you’re using single coil pickups:

If you experience latency problems (where the sound you hear is fractionally after you hit the strings), a good tip is to hit record, wait a few seconds and then press stop. Try playing again and the latency should be gone!

Note: For instructions for earlier versions of Garageband, see our post here.

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We’ve moved!!!

February 4, 2010
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We won’t be adding any new posts to this blog. Instead, head on over to the blog on our UK website for all the latest, exciting developments in the crazy world of cables and adapters!

We’re moving!

January 29, 2010
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We’re in the process of moving the blog so it’s hosted on the LINDY website. God help us!

Hopefully it will go smoothly, but please bear with us if we experience any problems over the next few days.

MikeO

USB 2.0 & eSATA Dual Bay SATA Hard Drive Docking & Cloning Station

January 28, 2010

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Handy hard drive docking & standalone cloning station!

Cloning stations are the ideal gadget for system builders, integrators, technicians and IT departments. This neat little device also acts as an external hard drive for 2.5″ and 3.5″ SATA hard disks as well as handy cloning station. It allows you to easily create bit by bit clones (including OS and Partitions) from original drives onto target HDDs. It is the easiest way to upgrade to larger capacity hard drives.

The great standalone cloner allows drives to be cloned without a computer. That ease of use is great for IT techs and upgraders. A useful docking function means blank drives up to 2TB can be connected to a computer via eSATA (3Gbps) or USB 2.0 (480Mbps). Recovering data and backing up files can be done simply, without much effort or the need for installation. The dual bay design allows two hard drives to be connected at the same time so data can be copied between multiple drives of different types as 2.5″ and 3.5″ SATA drives are supported natively.

As well as being PC and Mac compatible this handy device also comes with a power cable, USB cable and eSATA cable included.

Read more about this USB 2.0 & eSATA hard drive docking and cloning station.

Digital Optical Toslink or Coax SPDIF to TosLink or SPDIF Audio Converter

January 22, 2010
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SPDIF Digital/Toslink Audio Converter

This SPDIF Digital/Toslink Audio Converter is a neat little device that solves many of the incompatibility problems with analogue and digital equipment. As people, especially those of us who are AV and home cinema enthusiasts regularly upgrade equipment, compatibility between new devices and older, different audio devices can often arise. This converter offers bi-directional conversion so that legacy audio equipment can continue to be used with newer audio devices.

Incompatibility between connectors is a frequent problem most people find when building up their home entertainment systems piece by piece. Usually people replace out-dated equipment as they can afford it, often though the availability of a new shiny device tempts us into parting with our cash. However when you get it home and try connecting it to the rest of your kit you can often find problems.

This cool converter allows digital audio to be inputted through a Coaxial or optical port and digital audio to be an output through Coaxial or optical ports. It gives complete flexibility during installs. Both optical and coaxial cables can also be connected at the same time to save you fiddling about, however only one can be active at a time.

With an integrated digital interpolator filter and Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC), this SPDIF Digital/Toslink Audio Converter supports uncompressed digital stereo audio input. It also comes with a 5v DC multi country power supply.

See more about this LINDY SPDIF Digital/Toslink Audio Converter.

Neat In-desk USB Hub

January 14, 2010

Perfect for officers and work stations!

This cool little 4 Port in-desk USB hub is a really smart office device. It fits neatly into your desk’s cable grommet cut-out to give you easy access to USB ports and help keep your desks clutter down to a minimum.

The main body of the hub detaches from the outer ring so it is easy to set up. Its cross shaped design means a desks grommet can still be used for cable management. It’s perfect for use with USB storage devices positioned near desks such as printers and scanners.

Fits neatly into a desk!

It’s always handy to have extra USB ports, but hubs often take up too much space and make desks untidy. This in-desk hub solves this problem by making use of the cable grommet already installed in a desk so you get additional ports without additional clutter.

This bus-powered in-desk hub can take up to four USB connections and supports high, full and low speed devices. It fits into a standard grommet cut-out and connects to a computer via an integrated cable.

Read more about the 4 port in-desk hub.

LINDY USB Guitar Cable, RealTek HD chipset and Guitar Rig

December 22, 2009

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As a follow on from some feedback regarding using the LINDY USB Guitar Cable with Guitar Rig on PC, I thought I’d quickly post the ASIO settings I used to get good results. I used an Acer Aspire notebook with onboard RealTek HD audio chipset.

First of all, download and install the latest ASIO4ALL drivers from here:

www.asio4all.com

Once installed, launch Guitar Rig and access the audio settings from the File > Audio and MIDI Settings menu.

You’ll see a screen like this:

Set the Sample Rate to 44100 and then click the ‘ASIO Config’ button.

You should see a window like this:

I used trial and error to arrive at the above settings and achieved pretty good results with fast latency response and decent sound quality.

I’ll try and do a bit more testing over the next few weeks with different audio chipsets and settings.