Guitar Players: How to Record on Computer. Here’s a complete guide for electric guitarists and acoustic guitar players on how to create music using their computer: PC or Mac.
Most young music students feel that certain instrument players, such as keyboards, have an advantage when it comes to recording music.
Though they may have a slight advantage initially, due to the nature of the instrument, there’s nothing stopping a guitar player from creating music on a computer.
Recording your acoustic or electric guitar is definitely the first step, but you can do more advanced stuff such as programming guitar patches on synths for MIDI guitars, and so on.
Here’s a basic guide on music recording using a computer, and several ways to record your guitar on your computer.
What Do You Need?
You need some sort of interface (equipment) that’ll let you connect your guitar to a computer. You need a way for the audio to get into your computer.
The best way is to use an audio Interface!
You can always start with something that is affordable and designed for the guitarist.
These devices can be quite advanced as well, with some including digital models of guitars and amps built right into the interface or in the software that comes along with the package.
You can read more on Audio Interfaces here.
Common Connection Options
Here are some of the popular options to connect your guitar to a computer:
Guitarist based audio interfaces
Some audio interfaces Include the typical audio interface features as well as a modeller; some may also have onboard DSP (digital sound processors).
Also Read: Digital Audio Interface Guide
USB audio interfaces for Guitar
These are usually USB 1.1 devices and quite inexpensive. Most of them are restricted to recording at 16bit/44.1 (CD quality) but they are designed to get the job done at the smallest possible price.
Also Read: USB Audio Interface Reviews
Once you have your audio interface or sound-card and mixer setup, you need to hook up the microphones which can then be used to record your Acoustic Guitar.
Also Read: Microphone Guide