Connecting your guitar to a USB port
Connecting a guitar to the USB port of your computer is a fast way to create your own music. No need to a studio or complex sound equipment that can cost thousands of dollars. Most people already have plenty of computational power to create complex music, and it just sitting in your desk: your PC or Mac.
Using a PC to create music can liberate your creativity and help you get the most of your equipment without spending too much money.
How To Connect the Guitar to the USB?
Nowadays, there are several options if you want to use your guitar with the computer. The most simple and inexpensive way is just to get a converter cable that can connect your normal guitar cable to the computer input. This is covered in another article.
However, if you want to make things even easier, you may want to connect the computer using the USB input. The process is simple, you just plug the guitar cable into the USB device and use a software (such as Audacity) to receive the input.
The process of using an USB device to connect to the guitar is not only simple, it also has some advantages:
- The first advantage is that the USB device can do some preprocessing of the sound signal, and the sound will can be changed according to the quality of the USB device.
- The USB connector can remove noise from the signal, unlike a normal connection.
- There are several USB connections in a computer, so you can connect more than one instrument at the same time.
Behringer UCG102 Guitar-to-USB Interface
One of the leading products in the area of Guitar to USB connection is the behringer UCG102 guitar to USB interface. This product is not only inexpensive, but it works well on most computers.
Although I still use normal connectors sometimes, when I want to get better sound quality I use this interface. One of the advantages I found is that it comes already with Audacity, the software that I use to edit music. The Behringer product also comes with a basic music production software called Kristal 16, which is also useful in doing sound processing.