Using the Studio Microphone with GarageBand

This guide assumes that all equipment is turned off as you begin. 

STEP 1: Make sure the mic is plugged into the sound board. The cable is labeled MIC. Use input 3. 


STEP 2: Turn on the sound board by reaching behind on the right side until you feel the switch. Turning on that switch will cause board to light up. VERY IMPORTANT – MAKE SURE THE MAIN VOLUME SLIDE (BOTTOM RIGHT) IS TURNED ALL THE WAY DOWN BEFORE TURNING ON. 


STEP 3: Turn on both Rokit speakers using the switch on the back of each. Switch is on the left side of each. These will be used for playback after recording. 


STEP 4: Turn on the RODE NTK mic Power Supply.  


STEP 5: Set the dB Alternation knob to “-18” 


STEP 6: Make sure the “Trim/Gain” Mic Level on the sound board is set to Above the “U”.  This means turning the know clockwise until levels show green.

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STEP 7: Log onto the MAC (user info posited on cabinets) and open Garageband. 

STEP 8: Within Garageband choose File>New Project (Note: If there is another project file that opens when you start Garageband, please choose to save it before creating a new project). 

STEP 9: Choose to create an ‘Empty Project” Along the bottom you will see details for your project. Make certain your input device is “StudioLive AR16.” For your output device choose “StudioLive AR16.” Plug the headphones into the sound board as shown so you can use those to monitor the recording. 


 STEP 10: After choosing “Empty Project” a box will open that gives you the options listed in the image below. Choose audio “recording using a microphone…” At this point make certain the “input” selected is “input 3.”  


STEP 11: At this point you will be ready to record. There are a few things you will want to check prior to recording. 

  1. Make sure the Metronome is turned off for voice recording. 
  2. You can turn the “Count in” off or leave on if you want a count in before recording. 
  3. The Audio Levels should be showing green when you do a mic check.  
  4. You’ll want the “monitoring” on in order to hear your audio through the headphones. 



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