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Alesis GuitarLink USB Audio Interface Cable  

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    Now it's possible to record guitar, bass, or other line level audio sources direct to your DAW.

    The Alesis GuitarLink makes it easy to direct-connect nearly any guitar, bass, or other line-level audio source to USB for mono recording. The AudioLink Series USB-audio cable outputs studio quality 16-bit, 44.1kHz digital audio thanks to its internal analog-to-digital conversion system. It's an all-in-one plug-and-play USB audio solution for both Mac or PC. The cable length is 16.5 feet to give you plenty of working room.

    Features

    • Connect guitars, basses, or line-level audio source to USB for recording
    • 16-bit, 44.1kHz digital audio output
    • Internal analog-to-digital conversion system
    • Plug-and-play connection for Mac and PC
    • 16.5-foot length (5m)

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    GuitarLink USB Audio Interface Cable Specifications:

    • Bit depth: 16-bit
    • Sample rate: 44.1kHz
    • System requirements
    • Mac: OS 9 or higher
    • PC: Windows XP or Vista
    • USB port
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    AlesisGuitarLink USB Audio Interface Cable
     
    3.9

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    5.0

    Great little interface - Handy as a Swiss Army Knife

    By awedmuse

    from Central California

    Comments about Alesis GuitarLink USB Audio Interface Cable:

    I use this with Ableton Live 8 & Asio4All driver. It is important to have sufficient system resources and optimal PC settings for good performance with any interface and it is the same for Guitarlink. That being said, this is just plug & play. Really love it!
    For what it is, it's great. I have other mixing & input devices but for tracking parts with a Laptop, simple setup, it fills the bill.
    Good long cord, reasonable noise floor, well built. Low latency (with Asio4All driver)
    Gotta give it a 10, for what it is. 30 some bucks

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    2.0

    Poor Design

    Comments about Alesis GuitarLink USB Audio Interface Cable:

    You'd think from looking at thuis thing that you could just plug it into your guitar and get good results. That was not my experience. The reason is poor design. It needs to have a higher input impedance (about 20 times higher) to be a true "Plug and Play" solution. Also, you may need a USB output device if your computer's soundcard has latency issues. Given that there are other USB interfaces that provide both high-impedance inputs and low-latency outputs, I can't help but be disappointed with this item.
    The first clue to the problems with this item is the description--that it works with "guitar, bass, or other line level source." Except for the very few guitars or basses with active pickups or on-board preamps, a guitar or bass isn't a line-level source. This matters because of input impedance. Guitar amps usually have an input impedance of about 1 Meg Ohm. I measured the input impedance of the Guitar Link at 44 Kilo Ohm--way too low to plug directly into the 99 % of guitars and basses without active electronics. My experience using the product bore this out. When plugged directly into a guitar, the impedance mismatch caused the guitar to overdrive the D-A converter in the cable and caused ugly digital distortion, even when run into a clean amp sim program. Putting a stomp-box compressor in between the gyuitar and the guitar link solved the problem. Just so you know--you may not get good results plugging directly into the guitar.
    Seems okay.
    Consider this--this item allows you to patch into the computer. How is the sound going to come out? I tried the Guitar Link with two different laptops--an older 1.6GHz and a newer 2.0GHz Dual Core, both running Windows XP. Even with ASIO drivers the soundcard output on the slower machine had latency issues. The fastermachine was fine. Be forewarned--while the Guitar Link may not have input latency issues, you may still have problems with latency depending on what you have for output.

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    5.0

    It's good for what its designed for, but . . .

    By Markus Anderson

    from Kentucky.

    Comments about Alesis GuitarLink USB Audio Interface Cable:

    Overall this cable is built really well. For $$ it could use a little improvement, but nothing to major, it gets the job done and the job gets done prettty well.
    The main purpous of The Guitarlink USB Auido Interface Cable is to plug strait into your guitar and plug into your computer, to record simple audio tracks using basic DAW software. After playing around with it a bit, i found MANY other uses.
    When you plug it into your computer, it instantly recognizes it both as an audio, and sound device. This can be helpful as you can hook the 1/4" jack into a guitar amp or set of speakers and play audio files on your computer through them. This hidden feture may be confusing to some, as you would have to go into your media players settings and choose the cable as your main sound device.

    The main thing I am using this cable for though, is to hook my Nady MM-141 4-Channel Mini Mixer to my computer and record multiple instruments all at once.
    Though this in no way rivals many professional setups, it gets the job done if you and a band want to lay down some funky beats real quick, the audio still comes through really clear. Just have your instruments plugged into a pedal board, or to an amp head, then from there into the mixer.
    The usb end of the cable didnt seem to be the best, but so far it has held up pretty good, I have not had any prioblems out of it, and the built in indicator lite still seems to be shinning like new.
    The 1/4" end is well built, it doesnt feel to cheep but it could have been built more sturdy, it has held up to minimal use (pulling, hitting etc)
    Overall the thing is built really well, it is 16 foot long and so far i havent had a kink, the cable could have been a bit more thick though, but it works.
    The cable does its job and it does it quite well, but for a $$ price tag, it is no where near the best, it could use some improvements, but if you need something for basic recording, or for a simi professional recording setup, this thing is worth it.
    You get what you pay for and that is no lie with this cable. It has failed to malfuncion yet.

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    4.0

    Having troubles on a Mac? Here's how to fix them.

    By Stratman1989

    from Alaska

    Comments about Alesis GuitarLink USB Audio Interface Cable:

    I sat around for hours trying to figure out why my mac would pick up the sound but not play it back while i was playing. SIMPLE FIX. First of all, click on the apple logo. Then go to "System Preferences" Then click on "Sound" You have to make sure the Audio Input is set to USB and the Audio Output is set to (Headphones) or (Built-In-Output).Then go to garageband and click on "Garageband" most likely in the upper left hand corner. Then click on "Preferences" From there clicl on the tab that says "Audio/MIDI" This is where you HAVE to make sure the Audio OUTPUT is set to (Built-in Output) and the Audio INPUT is set to (USB). Last step, make sure "Monitoring" is on. You should be good to go after that.

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    4.0

    it Works..

    By JoshuaVox

    from Pittsburgh PA

    Comments about Alesis GuitarLink USB Audio Interface Cable:

    takes basic knowledge of your DAW to get it working correctly.. so its really plug, TWEEK and play.. but sound quality is Decent, Dont buy if you're trying to do SERIOUS recording! I bought it for writing solo's, developing unfinished songs and as long as i have a guitar, my laptop, and this here nifty cable i'll never forget another riff again minus the bulky interface as well.. a Lite DAW software, would have been a good idea considering not everyone has one, and mainly because its more of a ametuer recording device! common sense? maybe not... but then of course it would Co$t More.. Cable length is a BIG+

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    5.0

    Works well on a Mac

    By MacGuy123

    from Dallas, TX

    Comments about Alesis GuitarLink USB Audio Interface Cable:

    Exactly what I was looking for - an inexpensive solution to hook up the guitar to the computer for practice and to hear "how I sound". I am using this with Garageband '09 on a Macbook Pro. Set audio input to "USB Device" and audio out to "built in" (headphones) and enable monitoring in Garageband. Works like a charm, no latency problems.

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    4.0

    Review

    Comments about Alesis GuitarLink USB Audio Interface Cable:

    I was dubious of the more expensive USB interfaces. I didn't want to spend $150+ just to get a signal into my computer. I'm very pleased with the GuitarLink. Guitar-to-computer, amp line out-to-computer, digital recorder-to-computer: all worked great with some Audio Preferences/Properties tweaking. I don't know how this compares to proper interfaces but for simplicity and price, great product.

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    5.0

    Great Inexpensive Solution For Computer Recording

    By MadDawg308

    from Lousiana

    Comments about Alesis GuitarLink USB Audio Interface Cable:

    I purchased this cable as a less expensive route to trying out guitar amp modelling software and recording tracks in free DAW software, since I cannot afford a fancy soundcard for my laptop and hate to deal with the dongles. Once I got it, I noted that the cable was a bit thin and the USB side was a bit brittle-looking. However, once I plugged it in and my computer recognized it, the cable worked as described - better than trying to line-in or go through the mic input. The only problem I have is that when the GuitarLink is plugged in, my Windows sounds as well as MIDI and MP3 playback on certain programs is not audible, possibly due to a DMA conflict. Alesis does give a workaround, I just haven't implemented it yet.All around, this is a great piece of equipment to own if you're just dabbling in DAW software and want to record your guitar, or if you want to try out the guitar amp modelling software that's out there.

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    1.0

    Sucks!

    By BassmanK

    from Granby, MA

    Comments about Alesis GuitarLink USB Audio Interface Cable:

    Ok, they tell you that you can record from your guitar. Yes, you can, however, you can not HEAR what you are recording while you play it. You will see a wave file of what you are playing, but won't hear anything. As soon as I plug it in to the usb port, it disables the audio output and I can only get it back when I unplug the cable from the usb port. Then I can hear what I played. This is the most useless cable I can imagine. Get the Lexicon alpha. That one is worth every penny!

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