Hello guys, in this post we want to share about how to use computer as guitar amplifier. Here we will discuss about the proper way to play or record guitar on pc /laptop and also find out what tools needed.
If you have serious plan to become an independent musician (Youtuber etc) this post may be useful for your references. Before I know about home recording stuff, my first question is maybe same as you;
How to plug electric guitar into computer? and use it as guitar amplifier using guitar amp software?
I learn it in the hard way because my lack of computer “knowledge” at that time :))
And ya! that question is the trigger for me to become passioned with DIY home music production and motivated me for learning computer too. Because I do it just for fun and hobbies. I may not become a professional musician, but I got some “pro” experience since then that I want to share with you here 🙂
Anyway! I guarantee that if you know how to play guitar on pc then soon you will also passioned with home recording stuff. Just the way I am 🙂
So, in this post I will try to share my experience how to do it the right way and find the right gear and tools to start it. Okay! let start it with what tools you’ll need beside your computers and your guitar …
Tools You Need to Play Guitar On PC
Before you continue to read, you need to know that you’ll need an extra cost to buy stuff. So here I will recommend you some tools with the minimum budget that you can afford to get start it if you really serious to learn DIY home recording.
The most essential tools you need is Audio Interface. Its an external sound card that designed and programmed specially to get the job done. It use as guitar input for pc or you can say guitar to pc adapter.
And using Audio Interface is standard for music production industry. It come in many different variants and products that you can find out there but for starter, buy the cheap one is good choice to start with.
If you want to use onboard sound card of your PC /Laptop believe me, you will disappointed with the result because it is not designed for that. You will get a lot of hum and buzz from your guitar sound. And the worst you’ll often get an extra electric sock. Ya! it can be eliminated by put a grounding cable on your desktop computer but still it can remove the hum and buzz noise.
If you believe what I am saying, below is my recommendation of cheap Audio Interface for you to start with. All products below is under $100 in price:
You Will Need Amp Simulator Software
In order to get the realistic guitar amp sound you will need Amp Simulator software. Some are come in standalone application others are in VST version which mean you will need a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) to run it.
Below is most popular Guitar Amp Simulator Software for Mac and Windows computers out there:
All Amp Simulator software above isn’t free, you’ll need to buy the license to use it in full function. However, you can try it in trial mode before you decide which one you like to buy.
Also these “premium” amp simulator software come with bunch of pedal/rack effects, and yeah! beautiful GUI
About Amp sim software, additionally you can use the free VST plugins in DAW software. But yep! the DAW isn’t free too. But there is an affordable DAW called REAPER that only cost $60. Again! you always can try free trial of the DAW before buy.
Okay guys! that’s it for now, hope you get some insight of how to use computer as guitar amplifier and plug and play guitar to pc like a pro 🙂
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