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    Default How to record guitar on the computer??

    I have an old version of Cakewalk Pro Audio and would like to record guitar and bass. I am very novice and need some help. I have the adapter to play thru my amp and into my computer, however, I can't figure out how to record?? Do I need different software and/or other equipment??

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    forget using your amp, recording direct from the line out in most cases (unless you have a good cabinet simulator will sound like complete ass).

    Id get a line 6 tone port. Ive used a guitar port (the guitar only, instrument/usb interface that line 6 makes) to record all of my guitar parts on my songs.

    if you want to hear some examples visit www.soundclick.com/patricklukens or www.myspace.com/patricklukens

    if you do it right you can get it to sound as good, if not better than micing your own amp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guitar08man View Post
    forget using your amp, recording direct from the line out in most cases (unless you have a good cabinet simulator will sound like complete ass).

    Id get a line 6 tone port. Ive used a guitar port (the guitar only, instrument/usb interface that line 6 makes) to record all of my guitar parts on my songs.

    if you want to hear some examples visit www.soundclick.com/patricklukens or www.myspace.com/patricklukens

    if you do it right you can get it to sound as good, if not better than micing your own amp.
    He's right. I use a Line 6 Pod XT - it is usb into the pc, the thing is nothing short of amazing! I use Cubase for recording software; it uses the Line 6 ASIO driver to interface with it. I bought the Line 6 Riff Tracker plug in as well, to get some easy drum loops. I love it... It's a real treat to be able to record anything I want inside of my headphones late at night (without disturbing a soul)...

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    Just wondering what guitar08man and others are using to record on the computer with now...anything new?
    Just go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spw5150 View Post
    I have an old version of Cakewalk Pro Audio and would like to record guitar and bass. I am very novice and need some help. I have the adapter to play thru my amp and into my computer, however, I can't figure out how to record?? Do I need different software and/or other equipment??
    Go to your Control Panel and/or sound mixing software that came with your soundcard and enable the source you are recording, i.e., line in, aux, or microphone.
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    Bump!

    Just wondering what guitar08man and others are using to record on the computer with now...anything new?
    line 6 toneport for an audio interface, and cubase se.

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    I bought the line 6 toneport and use Reaper recording software ( Free version) it has worked out great. Would recommend the toneport for anyone looking to start recording, can't beat the price ($130). I have uploaded some recordings to a myspace page : www.myspace.com/kruzad . I am able to record a digital drum pad with preprogrammed beats. I also recorded bass and guitar. Check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guitar08man View Post
    forget using your amp, recording direct from the line out in most cases (unless you have a good cabinet simulator will sound like complete ass).

    Id get a line 6 tone port. Ive used a guitar port (the guitar only, instrument/usb interface that line 6 makes) to record all of my guitar parts on my songs.

    if you want to hear some examples visit www.soundclick.com/patricklukens or www.myspace.com/patricklukens

    if you do it right you can get it to sound as good, if not better than micing your own amp.
    So how do you know what the guitar sounds like while you play if there is no amp? I am also very novice when it comes to recording.

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    My set-up is pretty basic, but very cheap and user friendly:

    Sony Acid Music Studio ($69.99)
    SoundTech LightSnake ($39.99)
    DigiTech Grunge Distortion ($39.99)

    The software comes with 1700 drum/bass/synth loops, and unlimited tracks. The guitar effects sound great, with the exception of the distortion, hence the need for the Digitech pedal. After you finish a demo, you can either put it on your acidplanet.com page, send as an mp3, or burn to a CD... The LightSnake has a splitter on the guitar end, so you can run a line to your amp and monitor your playing in real time.

    Here are some examples:
    http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?AID=570202
    Then just click on "Songs"
    "8 Years Too Long" and "1 Minute of Grunge" were recorded the the Digitech pedal, so they sound a little better than the others. I was using the line-out on my amp on the other 4 demo's, but it just didn't sound that great.

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    I just use a Line 6 Guitarport and record to Cubase. Not the greatest, but the tones on the Guitarport are actually quite good.

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    I have read some reviews on the Line6 port and some people complained about noise. Have any of you guys that use it have that problem?

    Also, I am looking in to getting the fruity loops program...does anyone have any experience with this? It looks like it can do a shitload of things that I am looking for.
    Just go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BREW CREW View Post
    I have read some reviews on the Line6 port and some people complained about noise. Have any of you guys that use it have that problem?

    Also, I am looking in to getting the fruity loops program...does anyone have any experience with this? It looks like it can do a shitload of things that I am looking for.
    One feature of the Guitarport is the Hum Eliminator. It works very well, especially if you're using lots of gain on your amp models. I use Fruity Loops. It took me a while to get onto it, but after you've learned how to use it, it works great IMO. I just create very basic drum patterns to put my guitar work to, and when I'm done I send it to my friend who is a drummer/sound engineer, and he puts good drum tracks on it for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BREW CREW View Post
    I have read some reviews on the Line6 port and some people complained about noise. Have any of you guys that use it have that problem?

    Also, I am looking in to getting the fruity loops program...does anyone have any experience with this? It looks like it can do a shitload of things that I am looking for.
    fruity loops is now FLstudios.

    I love it as a sequencer, but I record to a stand alone workstation.
    so I am not sure what it can do with the actual guitar parts.
    I still mic everything with sm57's. I just dont like the synthetic sound of direct recording, althought line6 absolutely is the best at what it does, I still like tubes and speakers.
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