#1
I need to use my laptop as an amplifier on holiday. Can anyone recomend a piece of software that will model an amp and is relatively cheap. Also how do you plug your guitar into the laptop??
#2
it wont get very loud, just to warn you. basicly what you can do is get a cable that has one 1/4" male end, and one 1/8" male end. that way one end goes into your guitar, the other into your soundcard. then, youll need software like you said. i like using Fruity Loops when i plug into my computer. i just run the signal into a channel of the mixer and set up my effects. it has a parametric EQ to shape the sound, reverb to give it a bit of depth, then a bunch of other stuff you can use to shape the sound. no amp models or anything, but i can still get a pretty good sound out of it considering what im doing. i know there are things that do have amp sims and such, but if you are interested in doing it this way i can expand on it.
#3
It may not be the cheapest option but Guitar Rig by Native Instruments is very powerful and will give you 99% of the modelling you'll need.
#4
first you need an audio in and alll new computers have this it looks just like the audio out port then you can buy buy a little convertor from Monster (i forget what its called) but it will change RCA (what your electric guitar has) into the audio in this should work then i guess you will just need recording softwRE and start recording and turn on your speakers

long and complictted so you should just ge an amp
#5
Is there any free recording software I can download which gives you real time playback, so you can hear notes as you play them, and after you record and play it back?
#6
This might be confusing but this is how I do it because I don't like messing with software. I bought a 1/4" to USB cord at my local Target. It comes with an adaptor to split to your REC OUT/DIRECT OUT on your amp so I can use my pedals and stuff. Then plug the USB in and and you can hear it on your computer. Then I use a normal recorder that came with my laptop.