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This might be a really dumb question, but... Which jack on the violin should the 3.5mm go in? There are three - line out, mic, and phone. I've got my headphones plugged into the phone jack, so I've tried both line out and mic for the cable, but GarageBand doesn't seem to pick up on the sound. Am I doing something wrong...?
The "line out" of the violin will usually be your best choice, if you have it. Ideally into the "line in" of your computer, if you have that option. I don't know Garageband, so I can't give any ideas on that. You'll need one of the "Mac Mavens" of the forum to help you troubleshoot that, I think.
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If you only have a headset plug in on the Mac it is for output to headphones only. A 3.5mm jack to usb might work.
Something like this http://www.walmart.com/ip/jWIN.....l/20440038
Did you Cecilio come with the 3.5mm to 1/4" cord. If so you can use if you get a downsize adapter or buy a new cord for it. Make sure you get one that is for the microphone. Radio Shack may have the stuff you need. Take the violin with you if you go there. Hope this helps a bit.