Is This A Decent Way To Record With Electric Guitar?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Jimmy25, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Jimmy25

    Jimmy25 Member

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    Not recording professionally and not getting too serious about it. For now, just wanting to record and see how it's like for fun, was wondering, is this a decent way to record?

    1) Connect 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch adapter ( http://www.americanmusical.com/ProductImages/Large/p22014.jpg ) to my Roland Micro Cube Amp.
    2) Connect 1/8 inch to 1/8 inch cable ( http://www.frontx.com/pro/c217_054p2.gif ) that connects the amp to the my window XP computer.
    3) Download Audacity for free and open it up and start recording.

    QUESTION
    1) Just bought the Roland Micro Cube Amp, anyone ever use this amp to record? how is it?
    2) For the 1/8 inch to 1/4 adapter and 1/8 inch to 1/8 cable, in terms of record sounding, any should work well as long as they're the correct inch and fits right? In other words, when recording, is it right that eventually the sound quality still mostly depends on your guitar and amp not the connections in between?
    3) For WindowXP PC, is there a recording program that's better than Audacity and it's free?
     
  2. M55ikael

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    Audacity is probably the best you'll find. Reaper is good, but it isn't free anymore. I am worried about your sound card though. Most likely you'll get a lot of noise recording that way. But there's no harm in trying as those cables aren't particularly expensive and you can use them for other stuff as well.

    You're probably better off getting a decent external sound card with a DI though. Built in sound cards are mostly horrible, especially in older PCs. Make sure you get a stereo adapter, like in your pic.
     
  3. Lemon Crush

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    Reaper is free. I use it all the time.
     
  4. M55ikael

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    Ok, I used to use a really old version of it and when I was looking for a free DAW for my Windows laptop I saw this: http://www.reaper.fm/purchase.php

    It seems like you're right though, the evaluation period looks to be unlimited. I normally use Pro Tools 9, but when I don't have my Mac around I use Audacity and I'm really impressed with it.
     
  5. Lemon Crush

    Lemon Crush Member

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    Yep. They "Recommend" you buy it, but they never enforce it
     
  6. catpeople

    catpeople Senior Member

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    You'll likely get massive latency with your sound card, making it hard to play in sync with other tracks. I'd suggest getting a line6 podxt to record via USB. No latency and usable sounds.

    It goes guitar -> pod -> computer (USB).
     

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