How do I record my guitar from my amp to my computer?

I have a Line 6 Spider II 30 watt, and it has a line out for recording. The line is a 1/4 inch size, the same as any standard guitar lead jack. At the moment i've just been connecting my guitar to the computer with a 3.5mm to 1/4 inch cable, but the recording quality is HORRIBLE. What kind of cable or equipment do I need to improve the quality of recording?

Asked By: - 1/5/2012
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You have to get the signal variables, as PCs have a different power system (voltage step downs and frequency input, interference changes) as compared to the one from a standard instrument amp, to be compatible... More
Answered By: Harry - 1/5/2012
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Normally, you'll need a mixer between the amp and the computer, to control the volume and the eq. Moreover, you should add a little ambience to the sound via reverb effects (software effects or mixer effects). An alternative could be using a microphone in front of the amp, but in this case you must also control the... More
Answered By: Mr Gralich - 1/5/2012
Usually you want to use a pre amp to record the guitar signal. Your line out is line level without a pre amp. This would be like plugging your guitar straight into the computer. So you need to boost that signal with something. Try the line in jack on your computer instead of mic in if you have one. Those will both be... More
Answered By: jimM - 1/5/2012
If you are using a typical "line out" jack on the back of your amp to record with, it will sound shrill and horrible. If your amp has a "recording output" or a "compensated output", then it will sound a lot better. That's because in all actuality, the best guitar tones come from a microphone placed at a 45-degree... More
Answered By: The Truth Hurts! Ouch! - 1/8/2012
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