What do I need to record my electric guitar with my computer while using headphones?



Asked by: Jackie Black

How do you record yourself playing guitar with headphones?





You only want to hear the guitar. So that's why it's important that you use headphones. That are closed. Back. So the sound doesn't bleed out of the headphones. And into the microphone.

What do you need to record electric guitar on computer?

What you’ll need:

  1. guitar/bass.
  2. guitar lead.
  3. guitar amp.
  4. appropriate cable to connect your amp to the line input (depends on model of amp and interface. You can read more about audio cables here)
  5. audio interface (one with line inputs such as the Presonus AudioBox)
  6. recording software.


Can electric guitars be played with headphones?

If your guitar amp has a headphones jack, you can plug headphones into it and it will work fine. Some guitar amps have an Aux output which will also work with headphones.

How do I record guitar with headphone jack?





The only workable solution, if you want to record from the headphone output, is to use a ‘Y–cord’, which comprises a TRS plug at the amp end, and two TS plugs for the interface end. It’s often sold as an ‘insert breakout cable’ or a ‘stereo–to–dual–mono output splitter’ cable.

How do I record my electric guitar directly?

Directly by plugging into the input of the audio. Interface. This will create a clean sound but the great thing is then you can use plugins.

How do I record electric guitar with audio interface?

You'll get the best sound if you place your mic about 2 to 12 inches from the uncover note the mic pointing directly at the count of one of the amp speakers.

Do I need an audio interface to record guitar?

While you technically don’t need an audio interface to record anything, you’ll need an audio interface to record professional, high-quality sound. That can include recording instruments, voices, or other types of audio. Sure, you’ve got a sound card in your cell phone and a sound card in your computer.

Can I plug electric guitar into computer?

You can connect your guitar digitally to your computer through a pre-amp with a USB or Firewire outport. Before you purchase a pre-amp with one of these out ports, check to see if the guitar accessories you already own will work. These accessories may include amp-modelers, pedals, drum machines, and direct boxes.



Can I plug guitar into mic input?

To plug a mic into a guitar/bass amp, we need to adapt the mic cable to a TS (tip-sleeve) connector and insert the TS into the amp input. Note that TRS would also work but is not the ideal connection. If using an active mic, ensure a power source is put in-line between the mic and amp.

Can you record audio through headphone jack?

So there are two things you really need and one is an aux cable. Which is a 3.5 to another treatment five millimeter headphone jack. And you need of course your phone to record sound from.

How do I record audio from headphone output?

One audio jack at the end of the audio cable must be inserted to headphone, while the other end must be inserted to the microphone slot on your computer. Once this operation is done, that means the output audio will be redirected as the input audio. Then any audio can be recorded as you need from the microphone.



Can I use headphone jack as line out?

So can a headphone output be a workable substitute for a line level output in other situations? Sure, in a pinch it will usually work okay. Headphone amps usually aren’t as free from noise and distortion as good line amps, but in many situations they can be used without significant degradation in overall sound quality.

Do you need a preamp to record electric guitar?

No, you don’t need a preamp to record guitar. Preamps boost the original sound of the guitar before feeding it into the amplifier and can produce higher levels of feedback and distortion. Unless you intentionally want the distorted guitar sounds (think Jimi Hendrix), you don’t need a preamp.

Can you record electric guitar without amp?

Recording without an amp can be done with the use of audio interfaces, direct boxes, and amplifier simulator software. You plug a line in from your guitar directly to whichever you plan to use. Having dabbled with these alternative options, I would highly recommend learning how to record without the use of an amp.

How can I record my electric guitar without a microphone?

Guitar –> Amp –> Amp Line Out –> Instrument Input



This method of recording electric guitar is perfect for those who already have an amp that they like the sound of but do not have a mic. By recording this way you are able to capture the sound of your amp without the need for micing the speaker.



How do I plug my electric guitar into my laptop?

Simply connect your guitar to one of the input jacks on your interface. Using a standard guitar cable. If you want to record an acoustic guitar you can connect any microphone.