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I just bought an Epiphone SG. It's my first guitar and have no idea how I'd connect it to my PC.


UPDATE:

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Originally Posted by fluxlite View Post
Download guitar rig demo and plug your guitar in to the mic slot. You might need to install ASIO4ALL drivers, but this setup worked fantastically for me.
So I went this route at the start.

I've noticed that I have to mess around heavily with threshold settings, otherwise it picks up all kinds of noise, especially when fretting strings.. the guitar plays it self without having to strum the strings haha.

But with a low threshold, it seems to have mostly solved this. The only problem is, it doesn't always pick up on light strums, nor does it have a long sustain on higher notes.

I went to my local guitar center today, the people there didn't seem to know what I wanted, or very helpful. They said I should get and because I don't know anything about guitars or equipment, I just bought it. It doesn't even work with my computer. I don't even know what it's supposed to do that Guitar Rig 4 doesn't.


Can anybody help me lol?


All I want is to be able to plug my guitar into my computer, and be able to listen with headphones or record as if I had it plugged into a normal amp. Like how the girl in this video has it setup:



side note - when I'm using guitar rig, it seems to disable my sound card or something.. I can't listen to anything from my computer, only the guitar until I close the program. What's the deal there? I'd like to be able to play over music.
Edited by Backfat - 5/24/11 at 12:54am
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You can, but a preamp is recommended if you are looking for specific effects.
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Download guitar rig demo and plug your guitar in to the mic slot. You might need to install ASIO4ALL drivers, but this setup worked fantastically for me.
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go to some pawn shops and look for some audio interface, from m-audio, or line 6 like mine this will be a much better solution but it looks like you dont want to spend money on that, in that case i'd try what fluxlite suggested to see how well it works.
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As others have said, preamp is recommended (Line 6's POD units are popular).
One other option is looking for an amp with a headphone jack. I have a Marshall AVT20 (little hybrid practice amp); it has a headphone out (disables main speaker) and a 1/4" input (mix in music). I really enjoy being able to play with music and have the option of unplugging headphones if there's not anyone else around.
Edited by JoeWalsh - 5/21/11 at 10:00pm
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Bump, updated OP
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You're in luck. I just happen to know exactly what the girl in the video is using.

Line 6 Toneport GX + Guitar Rig 3 + Cubase SX
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Originally Posted by RaBidRaBit View Post
You're in luck. I just happen to know exactly what the girl in the video is using.

Line 6 Toneport GX + Guitar Rig 3 + Cubase SX
I just got a BSOD when replying.. hmm first time I've had that in Win7. Anyways,


Yeah, I read that in the comments, but the Line 6 Toneport GX is discontinued. I've seen other interfaces from Line 6 but they were $200-300. I would enjoy spending under $150 or so. Under $100 would be fantastic.

What do these "interfaces" even do exactly? Do they just allow you to connect to the computer, or do they actually improve the sound? Because I can already connect with the mic slot on my sound card, it just doesn't sound that great I guess. It isn't terrible, I just want something that sounds cleaner/clearer.

Also.. because of using Guitar Rig, I won't be able to listen to anything besides the guitar? I've just started using Guitar Pro, and find it helpful to hear the tabs while trying to learn, but I can't with Guitar Rig running.

How do I fix that now too?
Edited by Backfat - 5/24/11 at 1:29am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Backfat View Post
I just got a BSOD when replying.. hmm first time I've had that in Win7. Anyways,


Yeah, I read that in the comments, but the Line 6 Toneport GX is discontinued. I've seen other interfaces from Line 6 but they were $200-300. I would enjoy spending under $150 or so. Under $100 would be fantastic.

Also.. because of using Guitar Rig, I won't be able to listen to anything besides the guitar? I've just started using Guitar Pro, and find it helpful to hear the tabs while trying to learn, but I can't with Guitar Rig running.

How do I fix that now too?
I dunno. I'm curious about the answer as well.

Perhaps keep an eye on ebay for the Toneport. Here is one (I assume it is the same as the one in the video anyways) with 5 days left.
http://cgi.ebay.com/LINE6-TONEPORT-G...#ht_936wt_1139
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