I know we've got quite a few musicians on here who record stuff on their computers pretty regularly, so hopefully someone can help me out.
I want to hook my guitar up to my computer, both to record stuff for my own enjoyment, and to play around with amp and effect modeling software. My sound card is basic and only has a mic input and a line-in input, but from everything I've read I apparently need either a hi-z input, an instrument input, or an actual microphone input (not just the crappy 1/8" plug input).
I can get sound by plugging directly into the mic input (with a 1/4" to 1/8" adapter), but it's ****ty (as one would expect).
What do I need in order to set this up? I was thinking about getting a v-amp 2 for practice purposes anyway- would that do the trick, or do I need something like a DI Box? Or do I just need to get a better sound card with the right kinds of inputs? I know that there are huge floor units available that basically do all of this for you, but I'm not looking to drop $300 if I can help it. On that note, I also don't want to be running through an external mixer or anything like that.
Basically I'm a total noob at this and despite my best efforts at figuring it out myself I still have basically no idea what to do. I've always just played with an amp so this is uncharted territory for me.
Thanks... would I need the UX2 or would the UX1 suffice if I'm only recording guitar stuff and I don't have active pickups?
On that note- there's a GuitarPort (and software) for sale on craigslist near me for $50... would that work for me?
The GuitarPort appears to able to do the trick, as long as you have no intention of doing anything vocally. I think it is USB 1.1 or 2.0 as well.
The GuitarPort is pretty cool. Not pro-level gear by any stretch of the imagination, but it works well for what you'd be looking to do.
EDIT: If you're thinking about getting a practice setup, check out the Korg Pandora instead of the V-Amp. It's easier to use, more compact, and sounds a lot better...not to mention that it's not a friggin' Behringer.
Last edited by VikingWarlord; 12-13-2006 at 04:21 PM.
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Timely thread. I was just looking for this info.
I've heard mixed reports from friends about Line 6 gear, but maybe I'll check some of it out and see if it does the trick.
Thanks for the info, guys.
They work just fine, but your expectation levels have to be appropriate.
Gal, I'm impressed. Line6 is awesome.
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Well, due to everyone's input, I decided to go ahead and pick up that used GuitarPort locally. I'm pretty excited. Thanks dudes!
I just use my POD 2.0 into my line in, I don't even have an amp anymore :/
So I got the guitarport and I can't get it install right on my computer... I get the 'Device could not start: Code 10' error message whenever I try to install the hardware. I did some snooping around online and apparently this isn't too uncommon and it may be because of all the antivirus and spyware **** I have running. I'm going to try uninstalling everything again, including the registry stuff and hardware files (although I don't know how to uninstall the stuff for the hardware on my PC... unless I just need to go into the device manager and delete it), and then hopefully it will work.
Three hours of traffic to not even get to play with the new toy made me pretty unhappy.
Yeah, I've seen antivirus programs block various USB devices. Good luck, it's generally a chore with just about anything.
I use a V-amp2 and a berhinger mixer. You could just go directly from the V-amp to the computer if you wanted.
It sounds good enough to get ideas down, and I've recorded some decent sounding stuff with it.
I hated my V-amp Pro.. Tube Pre EQ and post digital eq couldn't even save that chunk of crap.
Blargh, that sucks Rick.
I hate when I'm super excited by something new I get only to find there'll be a delay.
Much like getting a check and waiting a week for it to clear haha.
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Still no luck. I brought it to a friend's house last night and it installed completely painlessly in about 3 minutes (I even brought an axe over, but left the damn cord...). I think that the issue is that my friend told the "new hardware wizard" to install all the drivers and **** for the GP before gearbox had prompted us to do so, and now I'm just having a hell of a time cleaning everything off so that my PC will recognize it as "new hardware" again.
Sucks sucks sucks.