What do I need? Guitar to PC

  aca 11:36 30 Sep 07

After advice on what I need, (budget options please!)

Son is starting to play bass and want to be able to put plug into PC and record tracks. Currently have onboard sound.

Is it possible to get cheap soundcards that preamp and allow some basic mixing?


  Forum Editor 12:49 30 Sep 07

on the assumption that the budget is fairly limited - at least to start with - I recommend that you take a look at this:

click here

  aca 18:55 30 Sep 07


that looks the ticket. Thanks

  Stuartli 22:55 30 Sep 07

A while back one of the offspring gave me a SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 card with the proviso that he wasn't sure if it would be OK as it had been used by a pal to play his guitar through it.

In fact the SoundBlaster worked fine and this, in turn, led me to this link that might provide a few ideas (apart from the FE's suggestion):

click here

  Esc4p3 10:31 02 Oct 07

FE, thanks, not seen this before. Seen plenty of others, but this one of the cheaper. On the website it says "Just plug the built-in USB cable into your Mac or PC, then plug in your guitar and either a set of headphones or your powered monitors or receiver".

One question, Does this mean that the sound comes out of your PC speakers?

  aca 19:45 02 Oct 07


thanks, your link doesn't seem to go anywhere

  Forum Editor 18:38 03 Oct 07

The sound will come out of whatever you plug into the sockets - either a monitor speaker, or a set of headphones. Your computer effectively takes the place of an amp and effects pedals.

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