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nightbreaker33
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:34 am 
 

Hello, I want to record from my amp to my pc with audacity. I do have an adapter but I want to ask, what type of cable do I need to connect the adapter with the pc? Also how much money foes this cable cost? Obviously not much.

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Element_man
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:11 pm 
 

To record your amplifier into computer software like Audacity you need the following chain:

Guitar > Instrument Cable > Amp > Microphone (placed in front of speaker) > Mic Cable > Audio Interface > USB Cable > PC

The audio interface is essentially a mixer that takes an audio signal from mics or instruments and converts that signal into digital data that your computer can read. Here's an article with some entry-level interfaces if you've never used one before:
https://www.guitarfella.com/best-audio- ... under-100/

Some mics are direct USB powered so if you have something like that you can skip the audio interface and mic cable part and go direct into the PC.

The other option would be to skip the amp and the mic element and plug your guitar directly into the audio interface and use an amp simulator with a cabinet impulse. When you do this, you are using a digital program to simulate the sound of a speaker cabinet with a microphone in front of it. This may be a little more complicated than you want to get into at this stage but feel free to google "amp simulator with a cabinet impulse" if you want to look more into this.
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aloof
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:30 am 
 

not sure what you mean by "adapter"... :/

if you're a recording newb, it might be better to use your amp's line out instead of miking it up like Elo said. microphone placement is an art in itself :/

make your life easy version, buy one of these: https://www.musicstore.com/en_OE/EUR/Al ... 008561-000
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nightbreaker33
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:27 am 
 

aloof wrote:
not sure what you mean by "adapter"... :/

if you're a recording newb, it might be better to use your amp's line out instead of miking it up like Elo said. microphone placement is an art in itself :/

make your life easy version, buy one of these: https://www.musicstore.com/en_OE/EUR/Al ... 008561-000


Turns out I had the wrong adapter. Anyway, I found this as the most low budget solution.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E ... BPGELJJIY3

What's your opinion on this? Do I need Bias fx or something like that to add distortion, reverb etc?

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aloof
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:46 am 
 

oh gosh, you meant a jack :D

depends what you are recording for... if you just want to record a single guitar track, to make a youtube "cover"/playthrough, you don't need to worry much. if you want to make an album or so on audacity, that takes a bit of know-how that I fear you may not have. the latency issue is the most common one. you'd need a good soundcard to address that. there are "cheap" ways around it, but I can't go into them here. you can look them up, as several musicians have come across them before you...

best of luck! :)
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Element_man
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:52 am 
 

nightbreaker33 wrote:
Turns out I had the wrong adapter. Anyway, I found this as the most low budget solution.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E ... BPGELJJIY3

I mean, if you're completely broke and this is literally all you can afford then I guess it will technically pass a signal. But it'll probably sound shitty and latency-ridden and honestly be a waste of time especially if you're already talking about shelling out money for Bias FX. Get an entry-level audio interface, plug the guitar into that and you'll be in a much better position to make a sound.

If all you want to do is record clips or ideas for reference, the voice recorder on your phone will be a much better option than plugging your guitar directly into your headphone jack.

If my previous post was confusing, here are a couple videos. This first one addresses your original question--recording an amp. The second talks about setting up diginal tones using software such as Bias FX.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfp_LAxGV50

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwjC5Xjb5Go

Good luck!
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nightbreaker33
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:43 am 
 

Guys warning!! don't try the direct connection from amp to pc, with jthe jack I asked a friend of mine and this ruined his pc sound card. He used a 60 Watt amp.

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aloof
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:52 am 
 

it's standard practice, so you/your friend must have effed up somewhere...

you sound generally inexperienced, which is not a problem, as we've all been there, but do take some time to see how to better record yourself, don't just plug in random jacks everywhere...

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... +amp+to+pc
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nightbreaker33
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:54 am 
 

aloof wrote:
it's standard practice, so you/your friend must have effed up somewhere...

you sound generally inexperienced, which is not a problem, as we've all been there, but do take some time to see how to better record yourself, don't just plug in random jacks everywhere...

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... +amp+to+pc


I know mate, first of all I'm gonna buy that alesis cable link to see how it works (plus it comes with guitar rig as an addition), then when I make some little more money, I will do the audio interface-mic method.

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aloof
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:25 am 
 

I haven't been able to use that USB cable with audacity. you might have to "upgrade" to http://reaper.fm/ . it also won't help you with the latency :/ I'd say save up and buy a decent-ish soundcard, instead. and while you're saving, spend your time watching tutorials on youtube.
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