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Postby falcon1 » May 14th, 2009, 4:52 pm

Hey everyone - have a question for someone who knows about recording to a pc. I use reaper with vst plug ins (such as amplitube), and my problem is that when I go directly from my guitar to the line in on my pc, i cant seem to get a high enough input level so that the sound doesn't cut out on sustained notes. I tried boosting the line in level in Vista, but then when i have distortion I get terrible squealing and completely out of control sounds when i so much as touch the strings. I can see in the input level in amplitube that it never goes very high (unless i boost the line level all the way up, in which case i get that terrible sound with distortion).

I was wondering if getting a usb audio interface would fix this, or if there is something else I am overlooking. Hopefully i explained the sound cutting out problem clear enough. I can make a little recording if it isn't clear enough. Thanks for any suggestions!

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Postby Moonrider » May 14th, 2009, 5:39 pm

The problem is that a guitar signal is not a line level signal. You'll need some type of interface to correct the mismatch in both level and impedance.
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Postby falcon1 » May 14th, 2009, 7:23 pm

Thanks for the reply Moonrider. Would something like one of these work: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Behringer-Guitar-Link-UCG102-USB-Interface-241228-i1175566.gc? There are lots of variations in prices - not sure what the differences are. Then I also saw things such as the Lexicon Alpha type units - more expensive again, but would i need something like that instead? Thanks,

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Postby Moonrider » May 15th, 2009, 5:50 am

falcon1 wrote:Thanks for the reply Moonrider. Would something like one of these work: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Behringer-Guitar-Link-UCG102-USB-Interface-241228-i1175566.gc? There are lots of variations in prices - not sure what the differences are. Then I also saw things such as the Lexicon Alpha type units - more expensive again, but would i need something like that instead? Thanks,

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That Behringer unit would get the job done just for guitar. If you sing, or want to add a singer, you'll likely want something that will allow you to record a vocal also, which means going with a more versatile, and expensive interface.

Give some thought to what you might be wanting to record a year from now, and buy accordingly. Sometimes spending more now saves you money later, especially when you're dealing with something like recording that has a high addictive potential ;)
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Postby falcon1 » May 15th, 2009, 11:14 am

For a more expensive unit for recording, you were referring more to something like this: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Lexicon-Alpha-USB-Desktop-Recording-Studio-103840849-i1126259.gc? I really can't see myself singing, but i do understand what your saying.

Also, wouldn't the behringer work if you plugged a mic into the guitar in (would just have to do 1 track at a time)? Or is it specifically designed just for a guitar? Thanks again!

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Postby Moonrider » May 15th, 2009, 1:24 pm

falcon1 wrote:For a more expensive unit for recording, you were referring more to something like this: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Lexicon-Alpha-USB-Desktop-Recording-Studio-103840849-i1126259.gc? I really can't see myself singing, but i do understand what your saying.

Also, wouldn't the behringer work if you plugged a mic into the guitar in (would just have to do 1 track at a time)? Or is it specifically designed just for a guitar? Thanks again!

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I've got a Lexicon Omega I use with my laptop quite a bit. It's been pretty reliable in the couple of years I've had it.

One again, a mike level signal is at a different level and impedance than both guitar and line level signals. :) You'd need a mike input or a DI box . . .

Plus ya never know when you want to record a hot blonde singing with you ;)
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Postby falcon1 » May 16th, 2009, 2:58 pm

Moonrider wrote:Plus ya never know when you want to record a hot blonde singing with you ;)


Well, now you've thrown a whole new level of thought into this. Thanks again!

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