What kind of equipment do I need to hook an electric guitar up to a PC and use software effect processor?

Asked by: Blanca Badd

Audio Interface. The most popular way to connect an electric guitar to a computer is by using an audio interface. An audio interface is a simple box that allows you to plug your guitar or other inputs into it, and it converts the signal into a digital signal to send via USB to your computer.

Can I plug my electric guitar into my 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.

How do I connect my guitar to my computer directly?

It's as simple as that connect your audio interface to the computer via USB. Then connect your guitar to or your interface with a standard guitar cable.

Can I plug my guitar directly into my computer without an interface?

You could plug your guitar into an amp or a preamp or multi-effect unit that has a line-out (or, failing that, a headphone output) and run that into your computer’s analog line-in connector (blue receptacle), if it has one.

What is the best guitar software?

The 6 Best Guitar VSTs for Great Tone in Your DAW

  • Neural DSP.
  • Positive Grid Bias.
  • IK Multimedia Amplitube.
  • UAD Tweed and Plexi.
  • Line6 Helix Native.

Can I use a guitar amp as an audio interface?

Many modern guitar amplifiers are equipped with USB ports so it’s a simple case of connecting the amp to your computer via USB cable – effectively using the amp as an audio interface. The amp can be selected in your DAW preferences and you’re good to go.

What cables do I need with audio interface for guitar?

You'll need the appropriate audio cable to connect the two together. And then your recording software and finally if you want to use a microphone to record the sound of your amplifier.

What cable do I need to connect electric guitar to audio interface?

I would advise standard (same you are using to your combo amp for instance) TS-TS instrument cable for guitar or bass connection. Most likely, if you use TRS (three pole) connector, electrical connection will be same, because ring and sleeve contacts on connector will be connected together at your instrument.