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Bass/computer question

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Lowpro, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. Lowpro


    Sep 25, 2006
    Birmingham, AL
    Is there a way/program/setup where I can take my computer, which has a decent sound card, and somehow hook my bass into it, as well as my amp, and have my computer function as a multi-effects pedal using a program that just might be out there which can do that?

    I wanna find a damn workaround so I dont have to look/spend for authentic pedals.
  2. Yup, sure. Have a look here for a nice list of software with reviews.

    You should have decent hardware and a plenty fast cpu, otherwise you'll end up with too much latency; a delay between the time that you play and when you hear the processed audio out of the computer, making it pretty much useless.
  3. Under Linux I use Jack to "wire" an effects host between the computer's input and output.
  4. arbarnhart


    Nov 16, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    You can test your latency with an application available here:


    And go to their main page also:


    They have a reasonably priced ($20 to register) software effects package that you can download and try.
  5. Did you mean to quote me? Since you brought it up, I already know my latency is 2.5 ms or so.
  6. arbarnhart


    Nov 16, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    No, I meant to quote BassoProfondo's post about latency and clicked on the wrong quote button.
  7. That's not bad at all, the effects sound pretty good. I guess that most modern pcs don't have a problem with latency anyways.
  8. Depends on how you go about it. Under Windows, plain old WDM drivers will probably lag quite a bit. If there is no ASIO driver for your card, try ASIO4ALL, which works on top of the WDM driver and allows you to select a fixed latency. Different computers can go lower than others, but a modern computer should be able to go low.

    EDIT: That software appears to do the same thing that ASIO4ALL does so it shouldn't be necessary to use it. Other software may vary.

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