Playing Guitar through a Computer

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Tracer
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For a lack of a correct topic area, sorry for posting this here! I just built My Son a Electric Guitar. He is wanting to play it through His PC , apparently You can download songs and mix Your own playing in to them. I have zero clue where to start on how to accomplish this and what kind of equipment and software He will need? Searching online has been confusing at best, every website seems to think I already know the basics which I don't. Can anyone help Me please?


chrisrice93
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Does your son have a laptop or a desktop? Windows, Mac, or Linux? If your son's guitar has a pickup then you can attach the 1/4" trm cable that usually goes to the amp to the guitar and the other end to a 1/4" to 1/8" headphone jack adapter into the microphone jack on the computer. Now he will be able to record whatever he plays on his guitar on to the computer. To adjust the volume you can turn the mic amp within the os up or down.
For Macs there is an audio editing program called garage band that is very easy to use and learn. For linux and windows you could go for the free alternative called audacity which, if you know how to use it correctly, can do most things that garage band does. And on all platforms there is a sound recorder that comes with the os that lets you record from your mic or line in.
My brother, my dad, and I have done some professional-sounding recordings with using simple setups like this one. Hope this helps :)

Tivon
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I've never tried doing this, but this usb audio interface might work.
http://ikmultimedia.com/stealthplug/features/

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Tracer
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Sorry I should have been more specific. He will be playing through a PC using Windows 7 Pro. Thanks for the ideas!!

chrisrice93
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I'm no audiophile or anything but I don't see any reason to go through that usb converter when you could go through your microphone port with a simple trm cable and 1/4" to 1/8" adapter. As for the editing definitely go for audacity for now because its free and it will give your son a feel for the world of audio editing before you buy a more intensive program.