how can i hook my bass up to my computer? 12 replies

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CHAKA VIP Member

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#1 13 years ago

I was wondering what kinds of connections i'd need and what i'd need to do hook my bass up through my computer so i can hear it (i can't afford an amp.)




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#2 13 years ago

Ok, what is the diameter of the jack comming out of the instrument? There is some kind of adapter that will let you hook it into the sound card's mic jack. Then you need a program that can reconize your instument.




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#3 13 years ago

Err... a soundcard that accepts whatever plug you use on your bass (probably 1/4" TRS) as an input? Although, I think in most (all?) cases that would also require a preamp. Don't know that for a fact, but I think that's the gist of it. Cost will probably be way more than a basic, no-frills starter amp.




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#4 13 years ago

hehe bass i got a nice bass 15inch bass(sound not insterment) an it kicks but seeing my monator vibrate.!




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#5 13 years ago
Pethegreatâ„¢Ok, what is the diameter of the jack comming out of the instrument? There is some kind of adapter that will let you hook it into the sound card's mic jack. Then you need a program that can reconize your instument.

I suck so much at jargon, but here goes. I have an adaptor thing that plugs into the socket onthe bass which I can then plug a headphone into (you know the kind of head on the end of a headphone, right?) Anyway, I was thinking maybe if I had one of those wires that has those heads at both ends, and plugged on into th beass and the other into the line in on my soundcard, it might work.... but I was wondering if anyone else had tried it. Thoughts?




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#6 13 years ago
CHAKAI suck so much at jargon, but here goes. I have an adaptor thing that plugs into the socket onthe bass which I can then plug a headphone into (you know the kind of head on the end of a headphone, right?) Anyway, I was thinking maybe if I had one of those wires that has those heads at both ends, and plugged on into th beass and the other into the line in on my soundcard, it might work.... but I was wondering if anyone else had tried it. Thoughts?

So, to put that back in jargon-like terms, you have: 1x 1/4" jack -> 3.5mm mini plug adapter (or, an adapter that lets you plug little tips into big jacks) :) If that's the case, then you'd also need a 3.5mm extension cord, like this one. Not the best thing for audio fidelity, but you just need sound, right? You should be able to pick one up at your local Radio Shack or other, similar store. Be sure to get the stereo kind (with two black bands on the connector tips instead of one or three). Once you have that, then you plug one end of the cable into the adapter and the adapter into the bass. The other end of the cable goes into your soundcard's Line In port. This should work. The only exception I can think of is if your soundcard does not have a line-level input. If that's the case, then you probably won't be able to hear anything, and will need a preamp (either an external unit, or isntalled in your bass). Yeah, I think that works.




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#7 13 years ago

yay. i think i have one of those, so i'll try that. Normally, I'm better with jargon than that, it's just hardware jargon (i.e. wires and connections etc.) I amn't great on.




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#8 13 years ago

what u generally have to do is to boost the signal of your bass a little and split the mono-signal to pseudo-stereo (dual-mono), - a small preamp would do (shouldn't cost more than a ticket for the movies) - thing is that you will probably have to biuld it yourself ...

small amplifiers don't cost much (about 30 € or $ or whatever u pay with, if used) and they are actually inevitable for a bass because it has to be able to amplifiy very low frequencies; usually an amp has an output for line, which is the impendance you'll need for the soundcard; a small mixer would do too, and u wouldn't have the hum of the amp; you can also try the microphone-jack - it is mono an amplified, but alotta frequencies are missing;




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#9 13 years ago

dude, all you need is an extension to plug it into your mic. Of course though, you'll need some kind of software to actually here it, or an actual port on your soundcard...Why don't you just get a cheap mic for your comp. and record yourself at high quality???




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#10 13 years ago

I've tried it, and it works. I get a bit of distortion, but only because I can't be bothered filtering out the channels that have the distrotion. You probably have a lead that has the same size of head on both ends, one to plug into your bass and another to plug into an amp. You will need a large-to-small converter, which are widely available in shops. It will probably be only a few pounds (try to get a gold plated one, they conduct electricity better = better sound). Plug the large-to-small converter into one end of the lead, then attach it to the microphone port on your sound card. Plug the other end into your bass. Play away, but it may be distorted. In this case, get some sound editing software and filter out any inputs lower than 27.5Hz and above 4kHz to see if it gets rid of it.




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