How To Plug A Guitar Or Bass Into A Computer

How To Plug A Guitar Or Bass Into A Computer



How To Plug a​ Guitar Or Bass Into a​ Computer
Every town throughout the​ world has one or​ two fully dedicated aspiring guitarists and bassists .​
These disciplined folks spend countless hours improving their craft .​
Their local musician community is​ made up of​ a​ small group of​ less-dedicated folks and people with divergent tastes in​ music .​
To the​ truly passionate musician,​ sometimes this can be frustrating .​
The dedicated guitarists and bassists of​ these communities have often surpassed the​ ability of​ local teachers,​ and are thus on​ their own following their musical heroes .​
Although guitar tab books and guitar lesson DVDs help,​ trial and error becomes the​ primary method.
If you are one such individual,​ there is​ a​ musician resource that you may have overlooked: the​ Internet .​
Now,​ please don't misunderstand .​
I​ know that you have already found out about the​ internet .​
You use the​ internet every day and you have probably found countless guitar tab sites,​ guitar lesson sites,​ band classified sites and the​ like .​
You have learned a​ lot on​ the​ internet .​
Your eyes have found the​ Internet,​ but has your music?
When you connect your instrument to​ your computer,​ you connect your music to​ the​ rest of​ the​ worldwide community of​ musicians .​
Out there on​ the​ internet,​ unlike in​ your home town,​ are many many people just like you,​ who want to​ hear your music .​
They are as​ dedicated as​ you,​ they are into the​ same music,​ they are your peers without question,​ and they want to​ hear what you are working on.
This article teaches you how to​ plug your guitar or​ bass right into your computer,​ to​ start sharing your musical ability with the​ world-wide internet music community .​
We are assuming that you have an​ electric guitar,​ bass guitar,​ or​ acoustic guitar with a​ pickup.
Overview
Turn your computer around and look at​ the​ back of​ it .​
You should see a​ walkman-style mini headphone jack in​ one of​ the​ shiny steel plates back there .​
Actually,​ you should see 3 mini jacks .​
If you look closely,​ they have little etched pictures next to​ them .​
One is​ a​ picture of​ a​ mic,​ one is​ a​ picture of​ headphones,​ and the​ other some picture you don't know what it​ is​ .​
The one that is​ not mic and not headphones is​ the​ line-in jack .​
Your guitar has a​ 1/4 inch cable that is​ too big to​ fit into this mini headphone jack .​
So,​ you will need an​ adapter that will convert the​ quarter inch jack to​ a​ mini jack .​
You can find this sort of​ adapter at​ your local electronics shop .​
In the​ U.S.,​ Radio Shack is​ your best bet.
The following are three scenarios that describe how to​ plug your instrument into your computer.
Average Situation
Here's the​ deal: your guitar is​ supposed to​ plug into the​ line-in jack .​
But your guitar is​ not loud enough to​ play direct into a​ line-in .​
So you have to​ put an​ effects pedal with a​ volume control in​ between the​ PC and your guitar .​
That way you can give your guitar enough of​ a​ volume boost to​ hear it​ well on​ your PC.
Poor Situation
If you don't have an​ effects pedal,​ or​ something else to​ give your guitar a​ slight volume boost,​ then the​ line-in method won't work .​
Your guitar will be too quiet .​
If this is​ the​ case,​ you will need to​ plug your guitar into the​ mic jack instead .​
The guitar is​ too loud for a​ mic jack .​
So,​ you will have to​ turn the​ guitar down for it​ to​ record properly .​
Even then,​ it​ won't sound too good .​
Computer mic jacks just don't sound good .​
But,​ it​ works.
Ideal Situation
Ideally,​ here is​ what you want to​ do: get a​ mixer,​ plug your guitar into your amp,​ mic the​ amp in​ a​ sound-proof room .​
Turn it​ up really loud .​
Mix your effects into the​ signal at​ the​ mixer,​ and plug the​ mixer line out into the​ line in​ of​ your computer .​
If you have all the​ equipment for this,​ then I​ would suggest you get one more item: a​ studio-quality audio card .​
These cards have improved circuitry and software that will significantly improve the​ sound of​ your records and the​ flexibility of​ your system.
I hope this article has been helpful to​ you and that your music inspires and fulfills you throughout a​ long and happy career .​
I​ also hope that you will join a​ musician community on​ the​ internet and get as​ much satisfaction out of​ it​ as​ I​ have.




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