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Can a MacBook Pro be a digital amp?

Discussion in 'Modeling Amps, Plugins and Apps' started by black_doug, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. black_doug

    black_doug Tele-Afflicted

    I was wondering if anyone here has tried plugging into their computer through an interface, through DAW software like Logic or ProTools, and out to a DI and a PA? I plan on getting an interface anyway for recording direct to a MacBook Pro and it occurred to me that it might work in a live setting, using an amp modelling plug-in like Guitar Rig.

    Would this work on stage, or is latency still a problem?
     

  2. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    You don't need a DAW to do it, most of the software modelers can run on their own. I don't really have any significant latency issues with Guitar Rig or Scuffham S-Gear. There is also a foot controller available for Guitar Rig, so you could easily use that as a live rig.
     

  3. nixdad

    nixdad TDPRI Member

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    Modeling for Jamming...

    I run Peavey Revalver 3.5 through my drummers P.A. and audio workstation and he loves it; its a pretty fully-equipperd digital studio. He actually likes when I bring my laptop more than when I bring an amp or two.
    I can't decide, and besides it's just for fun, right?
    And I do it with a 10-year old Lenovo, no latency issues.:cool:
     

  4. TieDyedDevil

    TieDyedDevil Tele-Holic

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    Ask John McLaughlin. I don't know whether he still does this, but at one point his touring rig was a Mac and an interface.
     

  5. black_doug

    black_doug Tele-Afflicted

    I remember seeing that on the Crossroads dvd. It didn't make sense at the time but now I get it.
     

  6. denitronik

    denitronik TDPRI Member

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    Apr 11, 2011
    Quebec Canada
    I did a few shows (surf music) with a mac, an interface (Apogee Duet) and Logic 9 (using the pedal board insert) and it work very well. The duet as a low level output mode enabling you to plug directly into a guitar amp. I also had a Logidy pedal board (3 buttons and expression pedal) to control Logic.
     

  7. Desert Rat

    Desert Rat TDPRI Member

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  8. Desert Rat

    Desert Rat TDPRI Member

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  9. getbent

    getbent Telefied Ad Free Member

    I use mainstage a lot. it works just fine.
     

  10. black_doug

    black_doug Tele-Afflicted

    I can't believe it! I got this used Mac on eBay last fall. It came with Logic and now I just realized that MainStage 2 is already installed as well. I didn't even know about Mainstage before now. All I need is an interface.
     

  11. cbtd

    cbtd Tele-Meister

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    There is this video on NIN using Mainstage. A bit of a marketing piece, but it is interesting.

     

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