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Amp to Computer...

Discussion in 'Recording' started by herbycanopy, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. herbycanopy

    herbycanopy Guest

    Trying to hook my amp up to my computer, I take the DI output of the Amp and plug that in to my line-in jack on my computer right? Here is the link the the manual if you would like to see the back panel it is on page 9.

    Behringer Ultracoustic ACX1000 Manual

    Also I have spent some money getting this up and running so far and it just seems cheap to use a 1/4" jack with a 1/8" converter jack to hook into the back of the computer. Is there a option that would give better quality.
     
  2. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I'm going from info on your other post. It's not completely clear what you are trying to do using both the amp and the interface. But you want to use your interface instead of the sound card. (Essentially the interface is a replacement for the sound card.) If you want both the instrument and mic channels from the amp, you want to use the tape out channels rather than the direct out (which has only the instrument channel.)
     
  3. herbycanopy

    herbycanopy Guest

    Your right, sorry, I did not give my gear...though it is in my profile.

    Edit Value
    Mic: MXL 992
    Preamp: Tube MP Project Series
    Amp: Behringer Ultraacoustic ACX1000
    MIDI Interface: M-Audio MIDISport 1x1
    MIDI: Yamaha PSR-275

    Computer: AMD 3.0Ghz Quad-Core, 4GB RAM
    Sound Card: Realtek ALC888 (onboard)
    OS: Windowns XP sp3
    Program Cakewalk Sonar 8.5

    My interface I do not think can be used in place of my sound card as it is a MIDI interface that I use to connect my keyboard to the computer is all. It only has a MIDI In and Out plus the USB port. The Amp I was planning on using for my mic, guitar, and base.
     
  4. herbycanopy

    herbycanopy Guest

    Your right, sorry, I did not give my gear...though it is in my profile.

    Edit Value
    Mic: MXL 992
    Preamp: Tube MP Project Series
    Amp: Behringer Ultraacoustic ACX1000
    MIDI Interface: M-Audio MIDISport 1x1
    MIDI: Yamaha PSR-275

    Computer: AMD 3.0Ghz Quad-Core, 4GB RAM
    Sound Card: Realtek ALC888 (onboard)
    OS: Windowns XP sp3
    Program Cakewalk Sonar 8.5

    My interface I do not think can be used in place of my sound card as it is a MIDI interface that I use to connect my keyboard to the computer is all. It only has a MIDI In and Out plus the USB port. The Amp I was planning on using for my mic, guitar, and base.
     
  5. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    So your plan is to use the computer soundcard to convert the analog output of the amp into a digital signal for the computer. I think that will work (with a dual 1/4" from the tape out to 1/8" stereo line in to the soundcard) but the quality won't be very good. The usual recommendation would be to use an analog to digital audio interface. If any of your gear is returnable you might want to try to describe exactly what you are trying to accomplish. Your gear seems to be purchased for a combination of live performance and recording. It might make sense, but it's not what I would recommend if your primary interest is multitrack recording.
     
  6. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Oh, and are you playing bass through that amp? Is it open back? (Can you see the speaker?)
     
  7. herbycanopy

    herbycanopy Guest

    I was thinking about returning the preamp because I did not realize that the amp had phantom power when I got it. So I will looking to what my options are for a Digital audio interface can get that. Once I have that I would not need to upgrade my sound card?

    EDIT: So I was thinking about this...

    http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-MobilePre-USB-Portable-Audio-Interface?sku=701368

    I know it is cheap but I live in Hawaii so my budget is tight and I spent most of it on the computer and a new guitar...lol. Anyway that will work for what I need right?

    Mic (guitar or bass) to Amp
    Amp to Digital Audio Interface
    Interface to Computer

    Keyboard to Midi Interface
    Midi Interface to Computer
     
  8. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Interfaces typically connect via USB or firewire to the PC, and your soundcard vanishes into thin air because you don't need it anymore (for input at least).
     

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