#1
Hi,
I'm sorry if this question has been asked before, or if it's in the wrong forum,
but I was just owndering what would be the best way of recording things directly into a computer? Either through an amp or without one?

Is there any particular FREE software that is good for this?

Also I want to be able to use my guitar through effect pedals, so would that just be a similar process?

And is there a way that would be able to hear what I am playing?

I want to record a simple track with a few layers: prehaps 3-4 guitar layers and a bass.

Thank you muchly,
Ben
#2
This is a free software to record and mix your tracks.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

It's not a good idea to plug effects directly to the computer mic input, it may damage your sound card.

Use a mic or a mixer between computer and guitar/effects.
#4
Quote by Vauge13
Audacity.


Ah yeah Cheers.
Using that would I just have to get a Jack/mic-in convertor and play away?
Or should I do it through my amp into the computer?
#6
Quote by Paranoid777
Is it really dangerous to record through those effects pedals? Because i do it all the time like: Guitar>Pedal>Mic Port. From there to the recording program. Is it dangerous?


Yes. I'm speaking with personal experience.
And it doesn't give a nice sound either, does it?
#8
Quote by Braincheese
What? Dangerous? What kind of bull**** is that? Why would it be dangerous??
I record everything I do with a EXTREMLEY CHEAP Zoom GFX-3.. here's what tone I get (I think it's awesome with what kind of gear I have):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Rg0Kip1cLo&feature=channel_page

Never had any problems.
Guitar->Zoom GFX-3->External Soundcard


Mate, your song is really good and your guitar tone too. I don't know about your pedal. I was talking about single effects pedals and some multis too.

You can ask this question in geerslutz.com and I'm sure what you'll get is my answer.
#9
Sorry about my hard answer.. I was in a bad mood lol
Thanks man.. I don't know why it'd hurt the soundcard; since it'd be as dangerous as any software in my eyes (seeing its just reading the sound signals it get from the soundcard).

Zoom GFX-3 is about the cheapest effect pedal there is on the market; never had any probs with it.

But you might be right, since you had those problems yourself. I'm just speaking of personal experience aswell.. and I don't see any logic in it harming the soundboard. Guess you're right, you seem to know more than me!