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Rocksmith cable. As a bonus you can play the Rocksmith game with it.
Edit: Btw, you can get a decent practice amp for about $100, e.g. Roland Micro Cube. Maybe even cheaper if you get a good deal on a used one.
I was turned on to this cable that's originally designed for the Rocksmith game. It works pretty well with Garage Band on a MacBook Pro, but I've had latency issues running it through a Windows laptop and my Android phone.
yea i want to do it like rocksmith, but I am not sure I can counterengineer their cable or software, upon contacting them for help or a project with this I had no luck either, but I will find a way
So would that work in place of this and vice-versa or what?
EDIT: It works ( apparently not perfectly) for DAWs. Now I need to know if a guitar-to-USB (non-Ubisoft) would work.
EDIT2: Guess not then, not easily at least.Guess that's it :( Thanks though.
It's a really great fun game. I've sunk 895 hours into it already (and i payed +-160 for it because it included a guitar that I never use).
Just remember that you need the real-tone cable for guitars to work with your PC.
I've used this to plug my guitar directly into my laptop. Works vary well.
No, you can hook up your any electric guitar. You need a cord that plugs into your guitar on one end and has a usb on the other. If you don't have one of those, I recommend buying this.
The game has a built in amp with many different tones and what not so you don't need an amp. You just plug your guitar straight into your pc.
I do this sometimes, but only when recording, and only when using a 1/4" to USB cable with ProTools or Garage Band. You could easily blow the speaker(s) if you just plug into the computer without some way to equalize the sound.
If you plug in with a 1/4 to USB cable, and equalized the output, you could do it for practice, but it won't sound very good. I do it with headphones/earbuds for practice, and studio headphones/monitors when recording.
TL;DR: You can do it, but use a proper cable and an EQ/volume so you don't blow your speakers.
Are you in the US? If so, Amazon has them in stock...
edit: Also available cheaper in the UBISOFT store...
Ebay, gamestop, amazon?
can buy it separately on amazon
Every week Ubisoft releases DLC packs, which are officially created and supported (and properly licensed as well). Opposed to that, the community creates CDLC. What they basically do is do the note tracking and tab it out in the game as well. You can then play it as you would play normal DLC, except these are not official songs with official licenses.
When it comes to the legality, it's a bit of a grey area. While Ubisoft's official stance is that they don't support it, they don't actively pursue sites like Customsforge to get it shut down.
If you want to buy it, you would need a real tone cable, which you can buy on Amazon. Sometimes there is a shortage and they are really expensive (like $80+), but when they resupply you should get them at $30. You can also play it through your PC/Mac's mic, but I've never done that before and I wonder if it's really the same as playing with the cable.
And for the game itself, if you want to play it on PC/OSX, just wait until the game goes on sale on Steam. You can buy it on console as well, but unfortunately it rarely goes on sale on those platforms. Every Steam sale, DLC packs (and the game) are discounted, which can save you a lot of money.
For example, this is CDLC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBuhB8zQrbg
Scores are based on what percentage of notes you hit in a song. You use the Real Tone Cable to plug in, but there is a method to use any guitar cable which I don't have personal experience with
What kind of music are you looking for? I write/record a ton of stuff.
You can get a cheap rocksmith Real Tone Cable and use that with a VST in Audacity to get a great tone. I use the Guitar Rig VST for my stuff.
Found this in 5 seconds of Googling: [link]
So, all I need is one of these:
Is it this thing?
No problem, like I say I was where you are not too long ago and yeah, there's a lot to learn when it comes to gear and recording. I'll reiterate the advice others have given to worry about your playing more than all this stuff, though, especially while you're a beginner. The more you play the better you'll be able to hear the effects of your gear choices, and there's no point in trying to use gear to improve your tone if you have terrible technique. I absolutely recommend finding a way to record yourself without latency because listening to your playing is a great way to improve your technique, but the specific gear you use doesn't matter too much at this point as long as it works. In a pinch you can even use a Rocksmith cable (there will be a bit of latency but you could split your signal or just live with it). Bassists are lucky in that the raw tone of their instrument is often good enough. I've played shows where all I did was show up with my bass and ask the sound guy where to plug in. I've seen plenty of shows where touring bassists just have one pedal to add some grit to their tone, e.g. an overdrive or tube screamer. They just go bass -> pedal -> amp, dial in a tone they like, and then never touch their gear again until the end of the show. The audio tech at the venue takes care of micing their amp and the mix.
All that said you will want to learn this stuff eventually so feel free to experiment. I've gradually accumulated a bunch of pedals that I originally got just as toys to play around with and at this point have figured out how to incorporate them into songs. Where you should start, though, is with the gear you already own -- so, understanding the controls on your bass and on your amp. Learn a bit about those EQ settings and about how gain affects your tone. That stuff is going to be everywhere you look once you get farther into it so it won't hurt to know the basics.
Hello there! I've been recording music on my Mac in both GarageBand and Logic X for a few years now, so I feel that I am semi-qualified to answer your question.
The problem that you are facing is that your instrument produces an analog signal, but your Mac wants to read a digital signal. To complete this, you need an analog to digital converter (ADC for short) in between the two. There are several ways to do this, depending on what you already have and your budget.
Use your computer's sound card. This option is only available if you have an analog input on your Mac (my 2014 Macbook Pro does not). This input is the small circular jack to the left of the headphone jack in this picture. Basically, you need a cable, or combination of cables/converters, which has a 1/4 in jack on one end (for the bass), and a headphone jack on the other (for the computer). Then, under System Preferences > Sound, you chose "Built-in Input" as your input device. This is usually the cheapest method, but also can cause some problems. The quality is generally not as good, and you can sometimes pick up a bit of a hum.
Use an external ADC, also known as an Audio Interface. This device has a 1/4 inch instrument jack on one end, and a USB cable on the other end. Depending on the exact model, it may have buttons and switches, but at the heart it is simply converting analog signal to digital. These cover all price ranges, so check reviews and get what's best for your budget. When setting up, choose the interface as an input under System Preferences > Sound.
Pro-tip: One of the nicest, cheapest ADCs I've ever come across is the cable for the RockSmith videogame
Put a microphone on a speaker cone of your amplifier. This sounded absurd to me when I first heard it, but it actually works very well if you have a microphone up to the task, such as a Shure SM57. Granted, this technique is more for guitars, but if you have a USB mic laying around, you can see how it sounds on your amp, and maybe save a few bucks on some other equipment. If you have/buy a microphone, make sure that it puts out a digital signal. If it puts out analog, you're back to square one! The mic I linked is analog!
When I record my band, I generally track guitars with option 3 (microphone) and track bass guitars with option 2 (external ADC), but I do switch it up sometimes. I handle it all with this bad boy. Though it is a little pricey, I use it all the time so I find it worth it.
Hopefully that helped. These are all methods that I've learned over the years on the internet and by working with equipment myself. Feel free to ask some questions if I didn't explain something well enough.
Edit: It originally called the device a DAC, as opposed to ADC. It's not converting digital to analog, but rather the other way around. That does bring about an interesting point though - many models can go both ways. For example, my interface converts analog guitar signal to digital, but once I mix it in Logic X, the interface converts the digital audio back to analog so I can listen on my monitors. Features like that may or may not be important to you.
If it was 30 bucks I'd buy it. But for a 100 bucks? Cracking the game is the way to go.
In amazon US it's like 40 bucks but..
"This item does not ship to Mexico, Mexico."
Maybe buy the console version..
Nope, all local game stores only sell the no-cable version and say the cable version can not and will not be on stock any more..
The Rocksmith cable is a solid investment. I have no trouble with it in a variety of programs including AmpliTube Orange for PC.
My recommendation is just to dish out the extra change for a cable you know is going to work but, as pigz said, if you're a risk-taker you could see if one of these knock-offs pans out for you.