How to use GarageBand with Apogee Duet and Waves Plugins
In this tutorial we will show you how to set up Apogee Duet with GarageBand and use the Waves plugins included with Duet.
To follow this tutorial, you will need to have Duet 2 or Duet for iPad & Mac installed along with the Apogee Maestro software and the latest version of GarageBand for Mac.
For the purpose of this tutorial, choose “Empty Project” You should now see GarageBand open with a single track.
We are going to add ad a new track by clicking on the “Plus” button and under “Details” Click on the arrow next to “My Instrument is connected with.
For “Audio output” select “Duet USB″
“Audio input” should automatically change to “Duet USB” as well.
To experience the full audio resolution of Duet, select “Advanced” and make sure that “24Bit” is selected.
Close the preferences window.
Under “Input” You will want to select either Input 1 or 2 depending on which of Duet’s 1/4” inputs you connected your guitar to.
Since the first instrument we will record is guitar, choose “ Record guitar or bass using GarageBand as an amp”.
You should now see a new track with a guitar amp. You can either keep or Delete the original track that was created when you first opened the session.
Click on “Mix” and select “Open Apogee control panel”.
On the Input tab you will see two channels. On the channel you connected your guitar to, select “Instrument”.
Make sure “Input Monitoring” is selected.
Duet can control input and output level with a single knob.
The four icons on the top panel indicate which input or output source you have selected.
We have ” instrument” selected, so you will see the guitar icon is lit.
Now just Plug in your headphones or speakers.
Adjust your input and output level so that you are getting a good solid signal
In the “Library” you can choose between different Pre-set guitar sounds.
However, if you really want to customize your sound, click on “Smart Controls”.
You can change Amps in “Amp Designer” or Add effect pedals in “Pedal board”.
For further sound customization, Make sure the inspector window is open and then click on “plug ins.
Here you can add or remove any of the included GarageBand plug ins, or add the Waves plug ins that are now included with Duet.
Now just customize your guitar tone and Record!
If you want to connect a microphone to Duet and record vocals or an acoustic instrument.
Click on the “plus” button to add a new track.
Choose “Record using a microphone or line Instrument”.
Under “Input” You will want to select either Input 1 or 2 depending on which of Duet’s XLR inputs you connected your microphone to.
In Maestro change source to “Mic” if you are using a Dynamic or Ribbon microphone.
If you are using a condenser microphone, you will also need to click on the “48” button to turn phantom power on.
Just like with the guitar track we recorded, you can go into “Smart Control” and add GarageBand or Waves Plug ins.
Either before or after you record your track.
Now adjust levels, and Record!