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newbie question for guitar - computer interface

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by xroads, May 1, 2008.

  1. xroads

    xroads Member

    Feb 22, 2005
    So, I currently look into the Amplitude, Guitar rig etc. software packages.
    The question is:
    how do I hook up the guitar to the computer?
    Up to now, I used a Digitech modeler, and went analog into the mic in
    of my mac.
    Now, for a software based modeler, do I need a DI box? Or a high quality preamp?
    Where is the signal converted from analog to digital?

    I am curious how you guys are doing this. Thanks in advance for any insight!
  2. jawjatek

    jawjatek Member

    May 30, 2007
    Cumming, GA
    The analog guitar signal needs to be converted to digital before the computer can chew on it. You need some type of interface or soundcard with an analog input (preferably with a hi-Z input suitable for guitar) and an analog-to-digital converter in it. I use a RME fireface 800, which connects to my PC with a firewire cable. There are many cheaper alternatives, as well as more expensive.
  3. thesedaze

    thesedaze Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Bakersfield, CA
    You could still use your digitech modeler unit...run it clean, but it'd be better to use a LINE IN rather than a MIC IN, since you aren't sending anything w/ a MIC impedance into the computer.

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