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As any artist knows, inspiration can you hit you at the most random times. For a writer, a simple pen and pad of paper is easy to keep around, but fo...Click To Read More About This Product

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Premium-quality instrument cable for guitar or keyboard that records up to 13 hours with a built-in 4GB MicroSD card.

As any artist knows, inspiration can you hit you at the most random times. For a writer, a simple pen and pad of paper is easy to keep around, but for a guitarist or keyboardist, having even a handheld recorder with you at all times isn't a guarantee you'll not be losing some of your new creation to whatever noise is going on around you and having your guitar hooked up to a computer means you need to drag your laptop with you at all times. How can you capture your inspiration and ensure it doesn't get tainted by outside noise or without bogging yourself down with a backpack worth of equipment? How can you capture that in the moment riff, or analyze your mastery of a song your learning? Gibson has come up with an ingenious solution aptly named the Memory Cable.

The Memory Cable's built-in, super-compact recorder (designed by TASCAM, an industry leader in portable recording) saves up to 13 hours of your playing to commonly available, inexpensive Micro SD cards. And with CD-quality 44.1kHz/16-bit resolution, the audio quality is ideal for transferring over to computer-based, multitrack recording programs. You don't need to plug into an amp to use the Memory Cable. Simply plug it into your guitar, bass or keyboard and start recording. It's that simple.

When you are in the middle of a rehearsal, you can plug the Memory Cable into your PA mixer to record it. You can also use it as insurance by plugging it into your computer's audio interface so if you forget to record-enable a track or the computer crashes, it'll still be saved on the Memory Cable. When you aren't recording, the Memory Cable still functions as a premium cable for pristine sound.

FEATURES
  • Premium, 16-foot cable
  • Stores over 13 hours of audio with 4GB MicroSD card (included)
  • Continuous or auto recording (records only when you're playing)
  • Handles guitar, bass, drum machine, synthesizer, etc. and line-level signals
  • Uncompressed recording”CD-quality 44.1kHz/16 bit fidelity
  • Mac/Windows/iOS/Android compatible WAV file format
  • Ultra-simple user interface, with included reference card
  • Insulated ends minimize the chance of shocks
  • Transfer files directly from MicroSD card to computer using a card reader, or even insert the MicroSD in a compatible smart phone and access the phone via USB
  • Recording technology from TASCAM, the undisputed leader in hand-held portable recorders
  • Uses AA main battery (standard or rechargeable, approximate 8-hour battery life) and LR44 battery for Real Time Clock functions (approximate 1-year battery life)
  • Premium quality, low-capacitance cable
  • Competitive pricing with non-recording premium cables

Never lose inspiration with the Memory Cable. Order today!

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GibsonMemory Cable Instrument Cable
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Functional (7)
  • Good quality (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Useful for capturing riffs

This device works as it should if your guitar is noise-free. The cable is quite bulky, and the recorder unit itself is all plastic. I wish the recorder unit has a rubberized feel...Read complete review

This device works as it should if your guitar is noise-free. The cable is quite bulky, and the recorder unit itself is all plastic. I wish the recorder unit has a rubberized feel instead. It does capture riffs and ideas effectively, but sometimes when auto-record is on, a noisy guitar can record tracks even when you're not playing. I would recommend this if you don't mind a bulky guitar cable attached to your guitar during practice. I would recommend against using the cable in a live show situation.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great idea, not so good in execution

Ok, maybe I didn't exactly know how this would work. However, I was under the impression that you could record your guitar and play it back. Well, you can't. You have to...Read complete review

Ok, maybe I didn't exactly know how this would work. However, I was under the impression that you could record your guitar and play it back. Well, you can't. You have to take the micro-SD card out and plug it into your computer. Then all you hear is your guitar, unamped, just raw file of the guitar itself.

I thought you could record with it, then hit play running through an amp and hear it. In other words I thought, what a great tool to try out different amps. Nope. You can play with digital amps on your computer, but I'm not into that. I have a lot of vintage amps and I wanted to run it through different ones, nope, not happening.

The unit itself is big and very thick for a cord. Where they placed the recorder itself on the cord is cumbersome and you can feel it weighing you down.

If I knew about all the things I've put here, I would not have bought it, a little Zoom H4N is way better for my purposes.

If you're looking to just capture what is played via a raw sound file with no amp and no effects or anything, then this is your tool. If not (like me) this is a cumbersome heavy thick cord that I would never actually use while jamming.

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(14 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great idea, not so good in execution

By guitarz18

from San Antonio, TX

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Direct Recording

Cons

  • No Play Button

Best Uses

    Comments about Gibson Memory Cable Instrument Cable:

    Ok, maybe I didn't exactly know how this would work. However, I was under the impression that you could record your guitar and play it back. Well, you can't. You have to take the micro-SD card out and plug it into your computer. Then all you hear is your guitar, unamped, just raw file of the guitar itself.

    I thought you could record with it, then hit play running through an amp and hear it. In other words I thought, what a great tool to try out different amps. Nope. You can play with digital amps on your computer, but I'm not into that. I have a lot of vintage amps and I wanted to run it through different ones, nope, not happening.

    The unit itself is big and very thick for a cord. Where they placed the recorder itself on the cord is cumbersome and you can feel it weighing you down.

    If I knew about all the things I've put here, I would not have bought it, a little Zoom H4N is way better for my purposes.

    If you're looking to just capture what is played via a raw sound file with no amp and no effects or anything, then this is your tool. If not (like me) this is a cumbersome heavy thick cord that I would never actually use while jamming.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Useful for capturing riffs

    By MuseFool

    from Concord, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Heavy Duty
    • Heavy Duty Cable

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Plasticky

    Best Uses

    • Capturing Ideas
    • Practicing

    Comments about Gibson Memory Cable Instrument Cable:

    This device works as it should if your guitar is noise-free. The cable is quite bulky, and the recorder unit itself is all plastic. I wish the recorder unit has a rubberized feel instead. It does capture riffs and ideas effectively, but sometimes when auto-record is on, a noisy guitar can record tracks even when you're not playing. I would recommend this if you don't mind a bulky guitar cable attached to your guitar during practice. I would recommend against using the cable in a live show situation.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It is good for practicing

    By Donnie Ray

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Gibson Memory Cable Instrument Cable:

      It sounds just like the guitar when doing play back. It's a good tool for remembering some of the things you've done. Like some solos that are forgotten, it is good not to play the same solo time after time. It replays clear as a bell for those who like clean sounds. It is something you don't need but bought out of curiosity just to see how it works.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Okay...

      By FingerpickerD

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • A Bit Cumbersome
      • Difficult To Use
      • Must Be Plugged Into Amp
      • Sd Card A Pain

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Gibson Memory Cable Instrument Cable:

      The original promotional descriptions make this cable sound like a dream come true. In reality, there are some drawbacks: 1) the process of getting a recording from the cable to your DAW is more complicated than I was hoping for, 2) the mini SD card is so tiny as to be easily dropped, lost or stepped on, 3) the price point for this item seems a tad high, 4) the bulky recorder makes it inconvenient for stage use, 5) batteries go dead--why not power it through the amp?, 6) if it could playback from the recorder, one could plug the cord into the DAW input and make a track directly. That being said, it's one heck of a cable.

       
      5.0

      Simple, easy and straightforward

      By Anacreon

      from Manitoba Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibson Memory Cable Instrument Cable:

        This is a great little unit that does exactly what it says it will do - record whatever signal you are pushing through it. It is very easy to use, though one either has to memorize what the blinking LED signal lights mean or have the handy little reference card within reach, but operation is so simple that you can essentially take it out of the box, plug it in, and away you go.

        I had a problem with it the second time I used it, probably because I manually deleted (via the computer) the files from the first session. The unit automatically overwrites old files, so I did not need to do that and as a result an error prevented further recording. Reformatting the SD card fixed the issue though. I guess I should have read those instructions a little more thoroughly, as it is all explained right there.

        I use this as a line out from the mixing board to capture complete jam sessions with by buddies - so the idea of having it powered via phantom power would limit its application, though I could see how it would be nice to have that option.

        Many of the critiques I see of this unit are from people that seem to want this simple device to carry out more sophisticated processes. But it is a recorder, plain and simple. Nothing more...which is precisely what Gibson says it is. If that is what you want (and it certainly meets my needs) then definitely invest in this unit.

         
        4.0

        Great funtionality - need SD card reader

        By Pmtnroy

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

        • Awkward Wsome Accostics
        • Need An Sd Card Reader

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Re-amping Direct Signal

        Comments about Gibson Memory Cable Instrument Cable:

        If you've ever worked out a great song idea, riff or solo only to become distracted and forget what you did, the Gibson Memory Cable could be just what you need so that you don't lose the idea. All you have to do is plug in an remember to turn on the record function. What you get is high quality Wav files that you can import into your DAW should you choose to do so. I can envision recording a solo through a mic'd amp, saving the "direct" Wav file from the Memory Cable's recorder, and re-amping the solo using the direct file at a later date to get a different sound or feel.
        To listen to the recordings, you'll need a way to read the micro SD card that comes with the cable and that the Wav files are recorded onto. (I ended up buying an inexpensive SD card reader -- no big deal.)
        The cable's of good quality, the recorder is easy to use (just keep the supplied reference card handy until you become familiar with the button functions) and the Wav files are DAW ready.
        I'd give a 5 rating if the length of cord from the guitar to the recorder was about a foot longer. I had no trouble accessing the recorder buttons when I tested it with my Strat, but it was a little awkward when I tested it using my Taylor's Expression System output located at the guitar's endpin.

         
        5.0

        Wish I had thought of this

        By Oldenkrusty

        from Austin tx

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

        • No Playback On The Fly

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibson Memory Cable Instrument Cable:

        This reminds me of my initial thoughts regarding a smart phone - kind of neat, but I don't need one. This is a great tool for capturing ideas on the fly. When rehearsing with the band, sometimes myself or someone else will do or start something in between songs or during a breather and it will morph into something interesting - a unique take on 'riders on the storm' for instance. You get back to matters at hand and the cool thing you did earlier is forgotten. Forgotten by you. The memory cable hears all and remembers it. I have taken to using it as a sketch pad rather than firing up my rig. I have my guitar, keyboard and rhythm device going into a spare mixer and use the memory cable to go out from the mixer into a powered speaker when I want to create. It captures the 'session' and I can review and see if I found an interesting bit to expand upon. Will it rival a daw in terms of fidelity? No. Is it useful in capturing happy accidents? Absolutely.

         
        5.0

        this is amazing!!

        By toad

        from mission viejo ca

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • I Am Recording Everything

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • I Write Songs With It
        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibson Memory Cable Instrument Cable:

        i am in awe of this... i write songs with it. record practices. it is super easy to use..actually it is addictive....

         
        4.0

        Save EVERYTHING you play!

        By John the sound tech

        from Anaheim, CA

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        Pros

        • Captures Everything
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Pretty Much Fool-proof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Capture Ideas On The Fly
          • Practicing
          • Review What You Played

          Comments about Gibson Memory Cable Instrument Cable:

          As a multi-instrumentalist, I had to try putting this thing through its paces on a multitude of instruments - Electric Guitar, Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, and even Electronic Drums.

          The preamp sounded to be weighted toward the mid-range frequencies with the higher frequencies rolled-off a bit. If you're looking to capture a jangly electric 12-string or single-coil telecaster lead line you will want to pull-up a bit of the high frequency EQ in your computer's editing software to compensate for the preamp's bias.

          That said, I loved the sound that it captured on my acoustic/electric, my bass, and my electronic drum kit - and I'm considering some customizing of my digital recording setups to mimic this preamp's sound. It sounds good with a humbucker-based electric guitar too, but you won't be hearing any sweet distortion or emphasized harmonics like what you will normally hear through your favorite amp. For that sort of thing, you'll have to re-amp the track with some additional software manipulation.

          But the real beauty of this recorder is faultless archival of everything you play. Use it to review your performance, lay-down a basic track to build upon later, review something really cool that you did but were destined to forget. You won't forget it now with this wonderful personal recorder that keeps track of everything you do with your instrument plugged-in.

          A couple of provisos: beware the micro-SD card is TINY and could be easily lost or misplaced. All of my card readers required the included adapter in order to read from the card [so don't lose the adapter]. And I must admit that I was hoping for a direct play-back feature to play-back through my amp [kind of like instant-replay in sports - to confirm that you committed a foul or scored the winning run.]

           
          5.0

          Great tool for beginners!

          By GuitarHero0000

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Gibson Memory Cable Instrument Cable:

            When learning a new song, I often find myself playing too fast. This cable lets me review what I just played and that helps with learning the songs quicker. I'd recommend it to any beginner because it will help you improve a lot faster. Wish I had this when I first started playing guitar!

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