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Connecting your guitar to a USB port

Updated on November 29, 2009

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.


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      meoow 6 years ago

      re Latency fix


      da dah

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      Meoow 6 years ago

      Download '

      ASIO4U' can't remember spelling might be Asio4you etc. This gets rid of latency when chosen as sound device as it replicates what expensive sound cards do.

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      DeathRaa 6 years ago

      I'm no pro in this but I have done some searching around the net.

      LATENCY - I saw that programs like Guitar Rig 3 have latency option, so you can adjust it.

      But it may cause worse sound. Worth a try.

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      Ryan 7 years ago

      I have a POD studio GX.

      It doesn't seem to recognize it in Audacity, how may this be fixed?

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      Vuk 7 years ago


      How can i kill extremely annoying latency??? I use Behringer UCG102 but I can not play guitar because of latency!

      Please, please help!

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      Jordan 7 years ago

      When I plug my guitar up to my laptop thru a USB cable, my computer makes no sound at all making it difficult to hear my other instruments. What do I do?

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      coliveira 7 years ago from Virginia

      @Empty360 yes, the computer can also work as amplifier if its connected to sound speakers. To make it work it depends on your software. For example, garage band and audacity have a "pass through" option that you can use to amplify the sound, instead of just recording it.

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      EMPTY 360 7 years ago

      The computer will be the amplifier?? or there's a need for guitar amplifier??

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      Aragon 7 years ago

      Try a D Box

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      max  8 years ago

      hi i have cubase, reason and fruity loops and i have set up a USB cable called -- lindy usb audio converter cable, and has on one end a guitar end to go in to a guitar and on the other a usb end i have set it up and i have been on all my softwares and i can't seem to find a way of making a sound(i am a sort of beginer but do understand quite a lot) please help ,, max