#1
Alright guys, I have the preamp, amplitube all that jazz but just need a usb cable to connect the guitar to the computer. I connected it with a startard mic jack and blew out my sound card. Can anyone give me a diagram on how to wire a standard guitar cable to a USB thing. Thanks. Will paypal 15$ to who ever gives me a proper working diagram.
#3
External Sound Card.
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#5
If you have the preamp, shouldn't it have instructions?

Aside from that, and I don't really need 15 bucks paypal - you plug the preamp (interface) into the computer through the usb port(s) in the front/back. Then you plug into the interface with your standard 1/4 instrument jack or mic input cable. The rest of the leveling is done via the program you record with, the in/out of the interface, and the volume of the guitar or processor pedal you use.

And you didn't "blow your soundcard out." Hardware failure doesn't occur because of high volume levels or clipping. Unless you rammed the USB into the computer and damaged it physically or overheated/burned it out internally (usually to do with the motherboard or failure of a heatsync - the fan that cools the processor chip), then it's not 'blown out.' You just have the volume too loud.

Your speakers might be beaten from it, though.
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#6
ok, hooking your guitar directly into your soundcard will definately fry your card, this is because your cards input needs a balanced signal, a guitar signal is unbalanced.

You can get two patch chords, plug one from your guitar into an 'active direct box'. Not a passive one. This will convert the signal to a balanced signal where the other patch chord can now be run from the direct box to the computer.

Also, there are companies who make [1/4" - USB] jacks... which might make the above a little easier.


PS: don't spend more than 20 bucks on your direct box if you take the first route, also, keep your money
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#7
I'm pretty sure that it would be impossible to make that kind of cable, if not impossible then extremely difficult to do at home. Your best off getting an Mbox or something of that nature. I use an Mbox2 Mini http://www.digidesign.com/index.cfm?langid=100&navid=114&itemid=4962 and it converts from and input (either 1/4inch or standard 3pin mic cable) to USB. It was fairly pricey considering I'm a poor student but well worth it. Hope that helps.
#8
Way to run a preamp into your internal soundcard. What you need is an interface that will convert/transport your signal via USB or firewire. Take a look at something by M-Audio, E-Mu, PreSonus, RME, etc...
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#9
i never used to have problems plugging my guitar directly into my soundcards. didnt blow anything out either.
#10
Alright guys I'm super confused now. My sound card is definitely fried. My neighbor brought his mic over now it won't work on miccheck.com Thanks for help a lot very much appreciated. But now couple more questions.

What box do I need? I read somewhere I could use the Digitech rp50 as a preamp so I did, it fried my soundcard so thats a no no now. Time for an external one.

What do I need to record onto my computer? The cable sales for 40$ at Target and what about an actual preamp? Can anyone give me a link to the most inexpensive setup to record? Thanks.

PS. Thanks for letting me keep my money. I'm poor. =]
#12
Quote by Lastin
ok, hooking your guitar directly into your soundcard will definately fry your card, this is because your cards input needs a balanced signal, a guitar signal is unbalanced.



Sorry dude, but you are wrong.

OP don't listen to this guy. The guitar didn't fry your sound card. Something else is going on.

Check out this guy...

http://www.obsessable.com/how-to/how-to-hook-up-your-guitar-to-your-computer/
#13
Old thread but need help. I'm taking some of you guys advice. I found this box here... Is this what I need without having to buy that pricey cable? Will this let me connect my guitar to it and then a USB end to USB to computer? I only have 20$ in my paypal... If you can help me find a good one I'll paypal whatever money I have left after I buy it. I suck at searching.

http://cgi.ebay.com/M-Audio-Fast-Track-USB-Audio-Interface_W0QQitemZ120363839521QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item120363839521&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2|65%3A15|39%3A1|240%3A1318
#14
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Yep. That should do it. It's not going to kill you to go to M-Audio's website and look at the thing, or maybe download the manual to make sure your computer meets system requirements, etc, etc...

..you lazy sonofabitch.
Last edited by 667 at Jan 15, 2009,
#15
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Sorry dude, but you are wrong.

OP don't listen to this guy. The guitar didn't fry your sound card. Something else is going on.

Check out this guy...

http://www.obsessable.com/how-to/how-to-hook-up-your-guitar-to-your-computer/


yea, and if you read the article, it's clearly stated, use at your own risk, as the signal going in is going to be unbalanced...
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#16
Quote by Lastin
yea, and if you read the article, it's clearly stated, use at your own risk, as the signal going in is going to be unbalanced...



What are you talking about? This article?
http://www.obsessable.com/how-to/how-to-hook-up-your-guitar-to-your-computer/

The only negative thing this article says about this method is about a poor signal to noise ratio...

"The biggest downside from a hardware perspective is that these line-in spots are notorious for having a poor signal-to-noise ratio, meaning they sometimes have a buzz, hiss, or other type of audio defect. "


Here's another article on the subject...

http://www.musiconmypc.co.uk/art_record_guitar_on_pc.php
Last edited by 667 at Jan 15, 2009,
#17
Alright guys I just bid on an M-audio Jamlab... I went to website, and doesn't say if I can use any other program with it. Did I mess up? Or with the Jamlab thing can I also use amplitube? Damn, I'm going to have to wait like 2 weeks for this thing to arrive... =/
#19
Also while searching I found a place to download amplitube pm me if anyone wants link with keygen as well... Dunno if it works but theres like 5 different ones

I got legit amplitube =]
#20
http://www.whirlwindusa.com/tech03.html check that one out, explains why it can be risky to plug a high impedance into a low impedance, and why you get the crackles and pops, and why they may 'stay'.

Read carefully.

also note that cable length plays a major role when patching low and high impedances, especially

my point here is, just be careful because in the end, you are using a current (electrical signal) that does carry an amount meaning too much can cause problems if the resistors can't compete that are embedded on your sound card
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#21
screw the pre-amp, just spend 5 bucks on a 1/4 to 1/8 converter and plug straight in.