skipping the amp?

Discussion in 'Guitar Gear Talk Forum' started by nukeu666, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. nukeu666

    nukeu666 New Member

    Im planning to buy an elec. guitar in the next month or two
    Wanted to know if it's possible to skip the processor and amp.
    Instead plug the guitar to my comp which has a pretty good audio card(upgrading to xfi soon) and speakers (logitech x530)
    If so, itll leave more budget to get a guitar when I do...
  2. sayanakaharry

    sayanakaharry Forum Leader

    well, it isnt very practical to skip an amp. the computer speakers are no match for an amp, which has. apart from an amplification circuit, tonal characteristics that a PC speaker wont be able to produce. you can skip the processor for now, though, if you get an amp with a decent overdrive. it'll be ok for some good practice.
  3. Life_Sans_Death

    Life_Sans_Death Acronym!

  4. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

    Or alternatively, skip the amp and buy a processor and plug the output of that into a headphone/speaker/computer. A good amp with a good overdrive will cost like 10k, and in 10-15k you can get a good processor with many different kinds of amp simulators and good effects (reverb, wah, compression sustainer, harmonizer, whammy, chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, etc etc etc) as well.
  5. ambush

    ambush _RASTA_man_

    Sound blaster is not essentially good for instrument inputs...

    You need an audio interface to get even passable tones with softwares like guitar-rig or amplitube....

    Your option(using computer speaker) can work for sometime, infact thats what i did but its no long term solution
  6. sayanakaharry

    sayanakaharry Forum Leader

    and most of the "tones" of your processor will sound crappy when heard thru PC speakers.

    and who said you cannot get a decent amp with OD under 10k? the marshall mg15cd and the roland cubes are pretty decent models under 10k, and i can bet both would sound way better than PC speakers.
  7. Life_Sans_Death

    Life_Sans_Death Acronym!

    ^^^Thats what this discussion was about. Whether or not to skip those amps
  8. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

    I thought every MG ever made sounded crappy and pretty much short of decent :| Edit - Imo.
  9. raj.hendrix

    raj.hendrix New Member

    still much better than PC speakers
  10. thehundredthone

    thehundredthone New Member

    It's called opinion.

    You can skip the amp if you really want to. You need a good sound card with low latency. You also need a good amp modeller - physical (Sansamp) or software based (Guitar Rig 2).

    Although I don't know how much cheaper than an 8k amp a good sound card would be.
  11. ambush

    ambush _RASTA_man_

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