View Full Version : Getting started using a laptop for modeling

12-13-2012, 10:30 AM
My PRS kindred spirits,

Without throwing any money away, who can direct me in how to get some introductory software and some instructions on how to run my Bernie through my laptop and into my amp? What cables and adapters will I need and any freebie software can I down load?

As Always,

Thanks a million (or 14 trillion! HA!)


12-13-2012, 11:00 AM
If you are going to use modeling, perhaps you should look into a power amp and cabinet configuration(?). Modeling technology seldom agrees with guitar amps, which are voiced on their own.

If you are planning on just running effects and turn the amp modeling off, however, that will work.

Freebie software for guitar effects? I dunno about that.

12-13-2012, 11:08 AM
i am not familiar with the correect terminology.. Can I run my guitar through my laptop for effects and then to my amp? Thank you cosmic.

12-13-2012, 11:28 AM
I use a Line 6 POD GX to convert my guitar to USB into my MacBook, (or PC). The software that comes with it has effects and amp modelling. I haven't had any problems with latency with my setup. Purists hate it, but I really only play to entertain myself so I'm not too concerned. It's cheap, and I love being able record with effects audible, while only recording the dry guitar, then go back and play endlessly with the effects.
Tried a Lightsnake cable. 1/4" to USB cable. I had lots of latency issues. Like playing through a delay and not being able to hear the original.

12-13-2012, 11:41 AM
Can I run my guitar through my laptop for effects and then to my amp?

You certainly can. I own Guitar Rig and I think it sounds very good. It's not free, though... (not free AT ALL)
You can even buy a foot controller to use it as a pedalboard. I have not used this software this way, so I cannot testify to its live usage. I use it to lay down some ideas for future reference. My keyboard player does use a laptop/samples setup and he runs it through a tiny, portable 2-3 channel mixer with EQ before going either direct or his keyboard amp (I'm assuming he does this because he uses two keyboards, but I am not sure). I remember when Mac rolled the new iOS, he did experience some compatibility issues, so if you are going this route, always make sure everything is in the up and up; and that if you don't care for the latest software update, that setup you have allows you to rollback to the previous version.

You would need a powerful laptop and an ADA converter box to plug your guitar into the computer, as well as to go out to the amp. Make sure this box is fully compatible to whatever platform you are using (Mac/PC/other). For instance, Mbox with PC, good. Mbox with Mac, not so much (at least the last time I tried it -years ago-, Avid and Apple were going back and forth about compatibility. That may be different now, but I don't know).

It's a pretty good investment. Make sure this is what you really want. If you live in a big city, you might even be able to try this at a store. I am not even sure if stores do this, though. I am speculating.