Will it work if I use a guitar in the microphone input

Sorry, can't really think straight today I'm just wondering if I got an adapter for a standard guitar cable to fit the microphone input in my sound card, would it would it work as a microphone and record off my humbuckers?

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choward76 years ago
I just tried that the other day and it worked pretty good. Got the adapter at Wal-Mart.
1spartan956 years ago
Get a DI, it'll help
ajleece8 years ago
Yes. Make the microphone default in 'sounds' though.
Chicken2209 (author)  ajleece8 years ago
My guess is for recording device. Instead of 'line in', use 'microphone.'
PKM8 years ago
You can record like that- I've done it before, and I knew a guy who couldn't find his microphone for Skype so plugged in his guitar and shouted at the strings :)

It is very quiet, so you probably want amplification before recording off it, but if you have a guitar amp or preamp you can get a jack-to-jack cable and record from the headphone out port of the amplifier.
Chicken2209 (author)  PKM8 years ago
so, from experience, a line from my amps headphone jack to my computers microphone jack works out a-ok?
There's a little sound that comes in over the line. I think they have different impedances. For the most part it works though. I've done it many times.
would it work if you used your amp's headphone line out to your computer's line in?
Im sorry: is not so simple. The computer's microphones are not the same that the guitar ones. Computers use Electret micrhophones witch have a tiny built-in amplifier, so they need some power. Dynamic michophones (like your guitar's ones) act as inverted speakers: they have tiny magnets and coils that act together to generate electricity (milivolts), so they dont need power, but they need HUGE amplification. The way to solve your problem is getting a Dynamic Microphone Preamplifier (you dont need professional ones). Then pluggin the preamp's out to the computer's Line In (the blue headphone jack). If you use a laptop you have noother way than buying an special adapter because laptops dont have the blue headphone jack. Anyway, remember that you will not have guitar effects. Another way is pluggin your normal guitar amp to the computers Line IN (the amp's headphone out to the computers Line In) Good Bye!
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