how to do this.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gfclef48, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. gfclef48


    Feb 16, 2014
    Hi folks gfclef48 here. I am new to the learning bass world. only know my roots and fifths so far and was wondering if anyone could tell me if its possible to play bass thru my laptop while using headphones. I would like to be able to use you tube and learn to play along with tunes I see. problem is that I don't want to bother anyone else in the house, so I have to do it through headphones. I have a rp90 with effects. is it possible to do this. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    It will probably blow the headphones. I wish Fender would just make a computer for that, but it could lead to "my bass lines were hacked.".
  3. extarbags


    Jan 26, 2014
    I think it works if you use something like this. It's for a music video game but it also works with other audio programs. Seems like it should digitize the signal coming from the bass and output it through your computer speakers or headphone if you have them plugged in.
  4. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I sometimes use a Tascam US122 to play through a computer while using headphones.
  5. Happynoj


    Dec 5, 2006
    I like turtles.
    Line 6 Toneport GX.
  6. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    I use an Ampeg amp with a CD playthrough option, which I run the laptop through.
  7. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    My setup is probably unnecessarily complicated, it just developed over time. I run both my computer (from its phones output) and my amp into a cheap mixing board (a Yamaha MG10/2) and then headphones out of that. Works just fine, but that way I can play with headphones to anything I can play on the computer, without using a digital interface for the bass.
  8. JohnMCA72


    Feb 4, 2009
    I practice through a computer, out to headphones, every day. Bass plugs into the "Mic" input on the sound card, using an adapter cable from Radio Shack. I can play along with iTunes or any other sound player. PC is on Windows XP - some versions of Windows (Vista, on laptop, won't connect mic. in to headphone out) don't work.

    Standard Windows sound control lets mic input & .wav, etc. playback levels to be set independently. Passive bass, I crank volume up all the way - active, volume at about 25%. Full PC volume is a little loud, but tolerable. I usually run it at about 75-80%.
  9. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    A Korg PX5D or Mini will allow headphones, w/wo laptop/computer thru USB, plug in a CD player, plus tuner, and lots of effects-
    can be very reasonable used off the 'bay.
  10. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    You need an interface to connect your bass to your computer.

    Um, no. Certain headphones are much better than others for bass reproduction. It all depends on how much you want to spend.
  11. JohnPaulSmith


    Jan 30, 2014
    I just plug my phone or tablet into the aux input of my amp. I'm sure the same could be done with a laptop.
  12. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    That doesn't really help the OP, who doesn't want to make any noise.
  13. omie


    Apr 5, 2011
    My $99 ampeg practice amp has an aux in(computer in) and a headphone out.
  14. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    I, too, have to practice as silently as possible…something to do with me not being murdered by my girlfriend who;
    • does computer work from home
    • is very A.D.D.
    • is prone to migraines

    Go fig! :D

    In lieu of a standard amp, I use a Pocket Rockit S1b plugged into my bass with a decent pair of headphones. If I want to play along with my laptop or an mp3 player, I use a 1/8"-to-1/8" male-to-male auxiliary cable plugged into the S1b's "line in" port.