Interfacing a guitar to a computer

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IzzyPhoreal

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I would be intersted in knowing how others connect their guitars to their computers, what issues they may have encountered, their preferences, etc.

I perform regularly in a virtual world called Second Life, and this is my setup.

Guitar -> VoiceLive 2 -> Digitec RP500 -> Alesis Mixer - MAudio 2496

The purpose of the guitar signal going to the VoiceLice2 is the permit the analysis of the key that is playes, so the generated harmonies coum out in tune.

The output of the MAudio sound card is streamed to the internet by a broadcaster program (I use SAM, from Special Audio). I stream at 128 kb/s, at a resolution of 44.1Khz. Needless to say, the quality is pretty good.

I also do recording using Sonar Producer X1 from Cakewalk.

Let me know what you use...

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I would be intersted in knowing how others connect their guitars to their computers, what issues they may have encountered, their preferences, etc.

I perform regularly in a virtual world called Second Life, and this is my setup.

Guitar -> VoiceLive 2 -> Digitec RP500 -> Alesis Mixer - MAudio 2496

The purpose of the guitar signal going to the VoiceLice2 is the permit the analysis of the key that is playes, so the generated harmonies coum out in tune.

The output of the MAudio sound card is streamed to the internet by a broadcaster program (I use SAM, from Special Audio). I stream at 128 kb/s, at a resolution of 44.1Khz. Needless to say, the quality is pretty good.

I also do recording using Sonar Producer X1 from Cakewalk.

Let me know what you use...

Neal Walter

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Hey Izzy, I've use the Pod X3 Live direct to my Mac and got some pretty killer tones:

http://www.myspace.com/bfdneal
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Hey Izzy, I've use the Pod X3 Live direct to my Mac and got some pretty killer tones:

http://www.myspace.com/bfdneal
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Slipin Lizard

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I've used the Line 6 Guitar Port with my Mac Book Pro. It works really well, but requires the Guitar Port be selected as the audio output, so it might not work as well for what you're after. Pretty decent presets though... I'd say for the price its a good value.

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I've used the Line 6 Guitar Port with my Mac Book Pro. It works really well, but requires the Guitar Port be selected as the audio output, so it might not work as well for what you're after. Pretty decent presets though... I'd say for the price its a good value.

JeffS65

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Well, I think you can see in detail what I use here >>

Big Grin

I've just recorded about a minute of stuff for a video project I'm doing for work and have had really good luck with the tone etc.

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Well, I think you can see in detail what I use here >>

Big Grin

I've just recorded about a minute of stuff for a video project I'm doing for work and have had really good luck with the tone etc.

wingman23

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Joined: 07/21/11

Posts: 68

Well i just plug my guitar into the PC directly using the audio cards input, (the black one) not the red microphone one because that cant handle hot signals, you can buy an adapter that takes the normal size guitar plug that goes into your amp and resizes it smaller to a 3.5 small plug that goes directly into the back of the PC

Then i use either mixcraft or ableton live with a plugin called guitar Rig 5, seems to work very well.

This is how i recorded this, the guitar playing might not be that hot but i hope you think the guitar sound itself is....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzscz6dA21E

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Well i just plug my guitar into the PC directly using the audio cards input, (the black one) not the red microphone one because that cant handle hot signals, you can buy an adapter that takes the normal size guitar plug that goes into your amp and resizes it smaller to a 3.5 small plug that goes directly into the back of the PC

Then i use either mixcraft or ableton live with a plugin called guitar Rig 5, seems to work very well.

This is how i recorded this, the guitar playing might not be that hot but i hope you think the guitar sound itself is....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzscz6dA21E

steve gill

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Joined: 12/08/07

Posts: 5

interfacing

Originally Posted by: IzzyPhoreal
I would be intersted in knowing how others connect their guitars to their computers, what issues they may have encountered, their preferences, etc.

I perform regularly in a virtual world called Second Life, and this is my setup.

Guitar -> VoiceLive 2 -> Digitec RP500 -> Alesis Mixer - MAudio 2496

The purpose of the guitar signal going to the VoiceLice2 is the permit the analysis of the key that is playes, so the generated harmonies coum out in tune.

The output of the MAudio sound card is streamed to the internet by a broadcaster program (I use SAM, from Special Audio). I stream at 128 kb/s, at a resolution of 44.1Khz. Needless to say, the quality is pretty good.

I also do recording using Sonar Producer X1 from Cakewalk.

Let me know what you use...

There are some pretty cool apps from apple for their platforms which you can also plug directly into for portable on the road stuff and I have found sonic x a pretty good software platform that uses cakewalk as a root kit...check it out..it will give you more flexibility and portability for recording and tracking. I have also found the Peavey Revalver software AWESOME for amp sampling and remodeling...you can change tube voltages, build your own amps and even move the cones around...great software.

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interfacing

Originally Posted by: IzzyPhoreal
I would be intersted in knowing how others connect their guitars to their computers, what issues they may have encountered, their preferences, etc.

I perform regularly in a virtual world called Second Life, and this is my setup.

Guitar -> VoiceLive 2 -> Digitec RP500 -> Alesis Mixer - MAudio 2496

The purpose of the guitar signal going to the VoiceLice2 is the permit the analysis of the key that is playes, so the generated harmonies coum out in tune.

The output of the MAudio sound card is streamed to the internet by a broadcaster program (I use SAM, from Special Audio). I stream at 128 kb/s, at a resolution of 44.1Khz. Needless to say, the quality is pretty good.

I also do recording using Sonar Producer X1 from Cakewalk.

Let me know what you use...

There are some pretty cool apps from apple for their platforms which you can also plug directly into for portable on the road stuff and I have found sonic x a pretty good software platform that uses cakewalk as a root kit...check it out..it will give you more flexibility and portability for recording and tracking. I have also found the Peavey Revalver software AWESOME for amp sampling and remodeling...you can change tube voltages, build your own amps and even move the cones around...great software.

steve gill

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Joined: 12/08/07

Posts: 5

Peavey Revalver Software

Originally Posted by: axeman81
Wow, this is a really fascinating subject - mixing computer technology to enhance guitar playing.

I've been dreaming recently of interfacing a state-of-the-art pc or laptop designed specifically for playing the guitar.

Kind of like building my own personal music studio, so thanks for posting this. I will look into this virtual world you've been using.

In the mean-time, any other advice as to where to begin will be really appreciated.

Thanks, everyone Wink


Please check out the Peavey software...it is awesome and can model any sound you want from any big band etc complete with presets and you can build your own amps complete with varied tube voltages placement and cone placements...check it out on youtube.

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Peavey Revalver Software

Originally Posted by: axeman81
Wow, this is a really fascinating subject - mixing computer technology to enhance guitar playing.

I've been dreaming recently of interfacing a state-of-the-art pc or laptop designed specifically for playing the guitar.

Kind of like building my own personal music studio, so thanks for posting this. I will look into this virtual world you've been using.

In the mean-time, any other advice as to where to begin will be really appreciated.

Thanks, everyone Wink


Please check out the Peavey software...it is awesome and can model any sound you want from any big band etc complete with presets and you can build your own amps complete with varied tube voltages placement and cone placements...check it out on youtube.

steve gill

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Joined: 12/08/07

Posts: 5

more to be had

Originally Posted by: wingman23
Well i just plug my guitar into the PC directly using the audio cards input, (the black one) not the red microphone one because that cant handle hot signals, you can buy an adapter that takes the normal size guitar plug that goes into your amp and resizes it smaller to a 3.5 small plug that goes directly into the back of the PC

Then i use either mixcraft or ableton live with a plugin called guitar Rig 5, seems to work very well.

This is how i recorded this, the guitar playing might not be that hot but i hope you think the guitar sound itself is....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzscz6dA21E


Please look into the Peavey Revalver software and you can research it on youtube...it's a great computer platform for bhig sound.

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more to be had

Originally Posted by: wingman23
Well i just plug my guitar into the PC directly using the audio cards input, (the black one) not the red microphone one because that cant handle hot signals, you can buy an adapter that takes the normal size guitar plug that goes into your amp and resizes it smaller to a 3.5 small plug that goes directly into the back of the PC

Then i use either mixcraft or ableton live with a plugin called guitar Rig 5, seems to work very well.

This is how i recorded this, the guitar playing might not be that hot but i hope you think the guitar sound itself is....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzscz6dA21E


Please look into the Peavey Revalver software and you can research it on youtube...it's a great computer platform for bhig sound.