In part 1 I talked a lot about my fumbling for a solution. Here’s a diagram of what I am using now -a very compact set up. I am using powered monitors because I have them -one could easily use a home stereo, boom box or headphones.
Cables numbered above are thus:
1 is the USB cable that’s an integral part of the iMic -it plugs in to a USB port.
2 is an RCA stereo to 1/8″ male stereo cable -one goes from iMic 1/8″ out to RCA tape in, the other goes iMic 1/8″ in to RCA tape out.
3 is a 1/8″ male to 1/8″ male stereo cable. One connects iPhone or iPad 1/8″ out to mixer input of you choice. The other connects the mixer headphone jack to the monitors.
4 is a 1/4″ male to 1/4″ male mono instrument cable. Plugs instrument to mixer.
6 is a 1/8″ stereo female to 1/4″ stereo male. You get the idea.
I seem to have omitted 5… sorry about that!
What am I talking about when I say all the stuff about the cables? The picture above should clear it up. On the right is a 1/4″ male mono instrument cable. 1/4″ because that’s the diameter of the plug, male because, well, it’s kind of phallic, mono because it only has 2 regions to the plug -signal and ground or plus/minus -however you like to think of it, and instrument because it is rated at a specific resistance (ohms) that the pre-amp is expecting. In the middle is an adapter to connect 1/4″ male stereo to 1/8″ male stereo. Female side is shown below. On the right is the 1/8″ male stereo to 1/8″ male stereo.
The female side -I guess you can see why they call it that.
This is all maybe $50 worth of stuff.
Next up, some more apps, playing with Garageband and instruments.