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How To Connect Your Guitar To Your Computer

Posted in Computers,Just Cool,Music,reviews by Joe Colburn on the July 22nd, 2012

In an age where we integrate computers into every facet of our lives, the need for musicians to connect their instruments to their computers is commonplace. A few years ago, I saw a guitar designed specifically for plugging into a computer and I wanted it immediately. Being able to forego the amp completely was a big draw for a hobbyist like me. The downside was that there wasn’t much in terms of variety. In fact, I believe it was just black or white. With a device called Guitar Link, you can connect any electric guitar to your computer and not only bypass the need for an amplifier, but change the sound of your instrument in real time with software on your computer and turn your computer into a virtual recording studio.

Guitar Link

Connect A Guitar To Your Computer

Connecting the Behringer Guitar Link UCG102 to the computer is as simple as plugging it into a USB port. When connected, your computer will try to find drivers for it, but there are also drivers included on the CDs that come with the device. With the Guitar Link connected to the computer, you just need to connect your guitar to the device as if it was an amp. Finally, plug in a set of headphones or, alternately, connect the headphone out to speakers, or some other system to play the output out loud.

Tweak Your Sound

Once you have everything connected, you can get to the fun part. With included “combo box” software, I was able to modify the sound of my guitar with preset adjustments as well as custom adjustments to reverberation and a number of other sound tweaks. Some of this is demonstrated in the video below.

The AC Combo Box software was just one of a few packages, each with a number of preset sound adjustments. The great part about this is that you can fire up your favorite recording software and connect to the sound library from it in order to combine the adjustments you make to your guitar’s sound with the software you’re used to for recording and editing. The benefit of all this is the sheer range of sounds you can get from your guitar. One minute, you can sound like you’re in a large jazz club and the next minute, you can sound like you’re rocking out in a dorm hallway. Guitar Link does a good job of replacing all the work and/or pedals you need to get this kind of range.

Conclusions

I love the hardware. It’s simple and works as you would expect and want it to. The included software was also a lot of fun. I did have some issues with drivers and spent more time than I should have researching and downloading third party drivers to get this working properly on my Windows 7 PC. Despite the driver issues, the Guitar Link is priced well at $30-$40 and was a lot of fun when I got it up and running. The Behringer Guitar Link feels well-suited for most musicians and is an easy purchase for anyone looking to break free from the limitations of just a guitar and amp.

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Joe Colburn Joe Colburn is a software engineer specializing in PHP and a technology enthusiast. Always eager to dive into new and exciting things, Joe writes about anything technology related news and products that he thinks you will also be excited about. Find Joe Colburn on Google+ or by any of the links below.

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artesanato

This seems like an amazingly useful device to use on a guitar. I can imagine that you have no more to give away since this post is from July but i would like to get one to offer this christmas. Any suggestions where to buy it?

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The included software was also a lot of entertaining. I did have some issues with drivers and spent more time than I should have examining and downloading third party drivers to get this working correctly on my Windows 7 PC.

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Thanks for sharing this information . It will help help in connecting my Guitar to computer

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I m still aware from the news of connecting a  guitar with the computer system and works as you want. It is really a tuff task.

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This growth was expected, but we all know it just means that next, iPone 5 will be much better.

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Wow! Thanks for the all nice tips to connect guitar to PC. It will help me a lot to compose good music with unique composition.

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Thanks for the info, My brother has been wanting to do this for sometime now, Now I can help him do just that.

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it is very simple to user but yet if he has some problem for connectivity than your post is more help full,

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Thanks for this guide. I had never thought about connecting my guitar to the computer as I just play it as a hobby, something for which I rarely get time for anyway.

 

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Thank God I have a technical girlfriend, she is a singer and plays several instrumet too, so she's a devil on Elektronic and computers.

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It is a good idea to connect the guitar to the computer and get the advantage of it.

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The included software was also a lot of fun. I did have some issues with drivers and spent more time than I should have researching and downloading third party drivers to get this working properly on my Windows 7 PC.

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