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Configuring GarageBand for use with M-Audio devices
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This guide will show you how to setup your M-Audio audio interface in GarageBand.

Before proceeding, you must install the latest drivers for your device.

1. Launch GarageBand

2. Select Preferences from the GarageBand menu.

3. Click the Audio/MIDI tab in the Preferences window.

4. Click the drop down for Audio Input and select your M-Audio device.  Click Yes on the window that appears to change the audio driver.

Note: If your device does not have any MIDI inputs, or if you do not have any other MIDI devices connected, the MIDI Status will display 0 MIDI inputs detected


It is recommended that you connect your speakers or headphones directly to your M-Audio interface and also select your M-Audio interface for Audio Output.  If your speakers are connected directly to your computer, or if you are using a laptop with built in speakers, you can leave the Audio Output set to “Built-in Audio”.

Any installed MIDI devices will automatically be detected (see above) and do not require any additional configuration.  If your M-Audio USB MIDI Devices is installed and connected, but 0 MIDI inputs are detected, please see this troubleshooting guide.

5. Close the GarageBand Preferences.

With your M-Audio interface properly selected, you are now ready to record!


When recording from a mono sound source such as a single microphone or guitar, it is necessary to select the appropriate mono input to record from.  When recording a Real Instrument track, click to selec the corresponding mono Input Source from the Track Info section:


Note: The Recording Level Control may not function with yoru M-Audio device; depending on your device, the recording level may be set using gain control knobs on the device itself, or from the device control panel.  Please refer to your device's documentation for information on setting record levels.


When recording an Electric Guitar track, you must double-click on the guitar amp to bring up the Track Info, then select the corresponding mono input:



If your audio interface does not feature hardware direct monitoring, (Audiophile USB, JamLab, Transit), if you wish to monitor with software effects, or if you left the Audio Output set to "Built-in Audio", you will need to enable input monitoring.  To enable input monitoring, select Monitor: On.

If your device features hardware direct monitoring and you enable input monitoring in GarageBand, you will need to disable the hardware direct monitoring of your M-Audio device to avoid doubling your monitored signal.  Please refer to the user guide for your M-Audio device for how to enable/disable hardware direct monitoring.


* This setup procedure should be similar for different versions of GarageBand.  For more information on configuring and recording with GarageBand, check out the free GarageBand Tutorials from Apple, or please consult the GarageBand Manual, or contact Apple's Technical Support.