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This is just a question of curiosity, but my parents are thinking about getting me a laptop for Christmas, and I'm a person who likes to think outside the box sometimes , so would it be possible to plug my guitar into my laptop and use that as an amp? Also, if that were possible, would i be able to plug it into a direct box? (I play on the worship team at my youth group, and it's much easier to mix the sound when we play through a direct box or mic our amps) Again this is out of curiosity, so if this sounds noobish i apologize :p
#2
You're better off getting a little USB interface like the Line 6 UX1 and run it into Gearbox or PodFarm which are both amp modelling programs. They're only about $40-$50 and sounds great.
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would it be possible to plug my guitar into my laptop and use that as an amp?


yes. i have recorded and played through my laptop many times using an ipod cable and a 1/4" male TS to 1/8" female TRS converter plugged into the input.

the sound wasn't awesome, but you can do it. to give you an idea of the quality, here is a recording i did with that technique using garageband:

http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/gumbilicious/music/play733334

more dedicated interfaces will have better preamps and analog to digital conversion. depending on your purposes an interface like Eppicurt mentioned my better serve you.

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Also, if that were possible, would i be able to plug it into a direct box? (I play on the worship team at my youth group, and it's much easier to mix the sound when we play through a direct box or mic our amps)


not to sure what you mean here, so let me just lay out how it'd work. most the time if you plug into a computer you will be using some kinda amp sim (revalver, amplitube, guitar rig, etc) this software generally has amp, cab and even microphone emulation so there isn't really a need for a direct box. generally you can run the output of the computer right into the board and then they can route the signal to the monitors and mains.

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You're better off getting a little USB interface like the Line 6 UX1 and run it into Gearbox or PodFarm which are both amp modelling programs. They're only about $40-$50 and sounds great.

Where do you get one for that cheap? Musician's Friend sell the UX1 for $150usd.
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Where do you get one for that cheap? Musician's Friend sell the UX1 for $150usd.

Ah I see now, that's the newer one with the mic input. Didn't realise the single guitar input one was discontinued, those ones were about $50-$60 roughly.

Roland do some cheap Guitar>USB interfaces too.
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Ah I see now, that's the newer one with the mic input. Didn't realise the single guitar input one was discontinued, those ones were about $50-$60 roughly.

Roland do some cheap Guitar>USB interfaces too.


You aren't that far off. $99

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/line-6-pod-studio-gx-with-pod-farm

Not for use with microphones. Guitar/bass only.
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Ah, they're the GX now.
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Another question from another poster:

What about using the Rocksmith "RealTone" cable?

Is that close to the quality of a cheaper recording interface?

I've used it with the trial version of Guitar Rig, and it sounds alright to my inexperienced ear (read: never recorded ever).

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This actually might help the TS, so this technically is on topic, LOL.
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#9
Make sure the laptop you get has a good sound card.
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Make sure the laptop you get has a good sound card.


Not needed if he gets a Line 6 UX or GX.
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A used low end Digitech RP like the RP155 can be found for around $50, and works as a USB audio interface plus can be plugged directly into any powered speakers. I also has the needed output specs for driving the input of a computer sound card directly.
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Read the Interfaces sticky in the Recordings forum.

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