Recording Electric guitar on Laptop?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by error404, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. error404

    error404 Guest

    Hello, I have a Sony Vaio Laptop (8gb ram, Vista 64, 2.5ghz core2 duo), it's powerful enough for photoshop and my other work, but unfortunately I have had no luck recording, it must have a crummy soundcard? Any way, I want to try my hand at recording some guitar stuff again. I used to record on my big machine years ago, but I had a nice sound card (because I knew I was going to be recording) and had no trouble getting rid of distortion, and had no lag when recording. On my Vaio, I get alot of distortion (like to much gain) when recording, even though the volume on my amp is almost at zero, (headphone-out on my amp, into mic-in on my laptop) and there is lag when I record as well, even after changing as many settings around as I could find.

    I've searched around and found several people suggesting a Line 6 GuitarPort as a very good, inexpensive way to help record electric guitars. I see that it uses USB instead of mic-in, does anyone know if this will get rid of my lag & distortion problem?

  2. joseche

    joseche Guest

    audio interfacs

    get an interface, I've UX2 because you can record two channels at once, for example two mics or, mic+guitar, etc...,, the only problem with it is the software because it comes with ableton live lite, which can't be compared with protools. but for recording audio it works just fine.

    if you have more money go for the m-box gear thou !
  3. error404

    error404 Guest

    Thanks for your reply!

    What exactly is the difference between say a UX2 (only need one input) and the guitar port? Can I plug my guitar straight into th UX2 and bypass my amp? Or is the amp still needed?

    As for recording, I don't use much fancy software, I used to use a program called "Cool Edit" (which i guess is now an Adobe product?) I don't want to spend to much money, so I may start with something free like Audacity, and then upgrade to something better later on (since audacity is free). All I'll need to be doing is recording myself (electric guitar) and then recording other tracks while listening to my first track (or a mix of other tracks). I guess that's for a different discussion though.
  4. error404

    error404 Guest

    Ok, I've been looking through the line 6 website, and some reviews I've read online (not all of which have really been helpful) but as far as I can tell, it looks like the POD Studio GX would do just the same for me, as the UX1 or UX2, since I only need to record one guitar at a time, and never any vocals.

    Is there any other difference between the GX and UX1/2 other than software, that would affect me, recording just one guitar? I don't mind paying extra for the UX2 if it's actually going to benefit me, but so far I can't find anything that the UX2 would do for me, that the GX won't. Or maybe I'm missing something obvious :)

    Thanks for any input! I'm new to these devices :)
  5. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    Onboard sound fails.

    No really, it sucks.

    Headphone out is also higher powered than your input wants to see. What you should do is find a line out, or use the effect send.
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