How To Connect Guitar Amp To Computer

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How does it feel to have bread and veggies but not knowing the process of making a sandwich? Doesn't it feel the same to have a guitar and an amp, but not knowing how to connect it with the Computer.


Let me put it straight. If you want to connect your guitar (electric or acoustic) with your computer, you will need an audio interface.


The audio interface is small box which allows you to plug in your guitar into it and it converts the signal(guitar tone) into digital signal in order to send it through a USB to your computer.

So the process is simple. You need to connect your guitar cable with an audio interface and then connect the audio interface with the computer using a USB cable.

Now coming to the topic, you can connect your guitar amp with your computer and use it as an audio interface. Let's jump into this article to learn how to do it.

How to connect Guitar amp TO COMPUTER

First of all, it's mandatory to buy a high-end guitar amp for recording, and there are a few steps that a person needs to keep in mind. Those are :

If you want to connect your guitar amp with your computer, you can simply do it by using a USB cable.

These days most of the modern amps come with a USB port using which you connect your guitar amp to your computer, and you can use it as an audio interface.

You can just take a USB cable, then connect one end with your amp's USB port and then connect it to the other end with your computer.

One of the biggest advantages of connecting your guitar amp to your computer is you can jam and record your guitar tones produced by an amp without the need for a microphone.

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 other ways to Connect guitar's amp to Computer

This is a pretty easy job. Once you've connected your guitar to the amplifier, you can connect your amplifier to the Computer through your USB port and go on with your jamming session. Still, if not, you have few alternatives to go about.

Aux cable

  • You can use an AUX cable to connect your amplifier to the Computer and insert it in your Computer's audio jack. You can find the spot and insert your cable in that and you'll be almost ready.
  • Now once you're done connecting them, check how your tone is being produced. Make sure you test the signals produced and keep a check on the volume being turned on.
  • If you can't hear any sound, then go to your Computer's sound settings and check if the audio is muted. If it's muted, unmute it and select the correct port or device like audio on, microphone or speaker etc. 

Bluetooth

  • Not all amplifiers have this provision, but it is beneficial when your amp as a Bluetooth feature.
  • Once your Bluetooth is switched ON, you need to turn ON your amplifier, go to your computer settings > search for the Bluetooth option > scan for new devices; once you find your amplifier's name in it, select and pair them. After doing this, make sure you test the received signal and if the volume is turned on.

CONNECTING AMP TO YOUR electric GUITAR

If you want to connect your electric guitar with the amplifier, then follow the below given steps.

  • Before connecting your amp, make sure your amplifier is Switched off because having this ON might damage the system. 
  • Check if your volume knob is down if you don't want to hurt your ears or anything around you.
  • Plugin your guitar to the amplifier with the cable(a mono connector).
  • You've set up the guitar to the amplifier and now all you have to do is, switch on the amp and turn the volume knob gradually up.

Now, it doesn't end here. Not only while connecting, but also while disconnecting, you need to keep some checks, which includes,

  • Making sure if your volume is down.
  • And if the amplifier is switched off. These checks might help your device last long and not cause any damage.

Now, you've connected your electric guitar to the amp. 

How to use a computer as an amplifier?

Using the Computer as an amplifier provides us with a world of possibilities.


All you need is a guitar, a computer that runs Windows XP (Windows 7 or newer version being preferred), a cable that fits and connects the guitar to your Computer for enabling this process.

You need to download software like Amplitube, Guitar rig, ASIo4all etc, and run it on your Computer. Make sure you run the offline settings too and enable the main option fitting your tone in the advanced options available.

Plug one end of the cable to the guitar and the other end to your Computer's plugin Jack. Now test the signals that are being received and check all the settings and play around. The more you explore, the more you learn.

HOW TO USE A COMPUTER AS AN AMPLIFIER?

CONCLUSION

This was all about how to connect Guitar Amp to computer. Now you can record and listen to your amp tunes by connecting your amp with your computer. I hope this guide was useful for you. If you have any doubts regarding this article, comment them below. Also, share this with your buddies who are in needful of this guide. Cheers!

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