How to Use Your Computer As A Guitar Amp – Part 1 | NGD!

How to Use Your Computer As A Guitar Amp – Part 1

By on June 15, 2010

With the way that technology is going now, there are many different ways that you can use your computer as a guitar amp when you just don’t have something awesome like a Carr Rambler. It just takes a couple different products and software packages and you are good to go. Not only that, but you will have an array of different guitar amp models to choose from.

Note – for this article, I am just going to give a brief overview on what exactly you need in order to get set up to use your computer as a guitar amp. Think of this as the first installment because I will soon be adding product reviews as well as other more detailed how-to’s in the very near future to help get you set up with the perfect computer/guitar practice set up.

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This first thing that you need is an interface device that connects to your computer, usually by firewire or usb, which allows you to plug your guitar into it. These devices usually consist of regular inputs for your guitar just like a regular guitar amp. There is usually also a headphone output and sometimes mic inputs.


In order to allow the interface to work properly with your guitar, you need a piece of software to allow you to get the guitar amp and effects models that will bring the sound to your computer’s speakers. Most of the time, you will find that the software will come with the pieces of hardware that you will choose to use as your interface.

This is really the nuts and bolts of it. Stay tuned in because I will be reviewing some of these hardware and software devices in the near future!

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