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post Dec 24 2010, 06:40 AM
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How do I do this? I can get a great tone through my Vox VT 30. But when I hook it up to my computer's mic jack it's kinda fuzzy and dirty. How do I make it sound like what my ears are hearing through the amp. I have only a headphone jack for a line out on this one, but I'm guessing the VT 100 would do the same as well (it has an actual line out).

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I have added a sound sample. I used my laptop built-in mic to record the first riff (sounds pretty close to what your ear would hear). The second is a line-in cable hooked from the headphone jack (only line-out) to the mic jack.

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post Dec 24 2010, 12:24 PM
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Good question. The short answer is that you need to buy an audio interface. Even something like the cheapest pod called the "Tone Port". Just something that will let you plug your guitar directly in to your computer and convert the signal to digital. You are trying to do it with gear that isn't exactly designed for what your trying to do. It's probably not going to sound great no matter what you do. Vox makes an audio inteface I believe. You need to basically get that quarter inch guitar plug converted to USB so you can stick that in to your computer. From there, you can emulation just about any sound you want.

Tons of free software for this and gobs of the good stuff is linked in my FREE SOFTWARE thread in my instructor forum.

If you really want to get the sound that is coming out of your amp, your best bet is to get a decent mic (I review several in my EQUIPPING THE HOME STUDIO thread in my instructor forum) and plug that in to an audio interface (hopefully one with an XLR jack) and record that in to your computer using Free DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software. (Again, linked in my instructor forum)

All of this involves buying an audio interface. The good news is, you can get one for $50 and xmas is close smile.gif I


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post Dec 28 2010, 03:03 AM
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Seems to me you are looking for a good metal tone? I would suggest you get an E-MU 0404 PCI card, or M-Audio 2496, small preamp (you can use line out on the amp too), and Peavey ReValver MKIII plugin. It will sound better then micing that amp.


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post Dec 30 2010, 05:08 AM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Dec 28 2010, 03:03 AM) *
Seems to me you are looking for a good metal tone? I would suggest you get an E-MU 0404 PCI card, or M-Audio 2496, small preamp (you can use line out on the amp too), and Peavey ReValver MKIII plugin. It will sound better then micing that amp.


Would buying a good sound card produce better quality sound than a Toneport? I have a UX1 but I'm not totally satisfied with the quality.
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post Dec 31 2010, 02:58 AM
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QUOTE (rmanginis @ Dec 30 2010, 05:08 AM) *
Would buying a good sound card produce better quality sound than a Toneport? I have a UX1 but I'm not totally satisfied with the quality.


Not necessarily. Toneport is a very decent device. Depends a lot on how you record currently and your setup? Though, combination of better sound card and Guitar Rig 4 is most likely allow you to tweak a better tone.


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This is all great advice! Thanks! I have a lot to think about. smile.gif I bookmarked this page so I can remember it. I might end up getting a mic. However, with the Pod Studio interface I won in the Spread the Word Competition I might be able to go that route. I can simulate that tone I like to hear out of my VOX and use my amp for live stuff and the PodFarm for studio recordings. I hope I'm right and it all works out. At any rate, I will love the experience of experimenting. wink.gif


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I think for you it would be better to stick with POD Farm for a while, until you learn how to achieve a good tone from it, and then you can move to more advanced gear. If you got POD Studio as a gift, try to achieve the best sound from it that you can. You can use Vox line out, and just use cabinet simulation in POD Farm for example. More advanced gear will come to you with time smile.gif


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