I have been enjoying using plugins with guitar, but want to bring that experience to a guitar amp. Essentially what I am trying to accomplish then is a live reamping situation or a computer as an effects box.
I figure the basis of this will be:
guitar>d.i.>usb interface input>recording software/plugins with live monitoring enabled>line out of usb interface>reamp box>guitar amp
another option might be to plug the guitar into the amp and then use the effects loop into and out of the usb interface…..this fellow does something similar: Peavey JSX & Guitar Rig 2 in the effects loop = total tonal ownage - Sevenstring.org
The end result is not to be recording the guitar and reamping it later but to be amping the computer effected guitar signal live as it is played. Essentially my figuring is that the a/d convertors of guitar pedals are not necessarily the highest quality, so a basic USB interface with stable drivers and low latency for a Mac will be comparable or at least good enough for my purposes. What USB interface would you all recommend for this? I would also use this as a method of amping software synths. I suppose USB 2.0 would be a must. My options for my Mac are:
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
M-Audio MobilePre Mk II
Focusrite Saffire 6
Emu 0204 (has ground lift switch)
and many other usb 2.0 options in the sub $200 range…….
Again it needs to be stable with a Mac and have low latency and decent sound quality……
Any other ideas on logistics or recommendations to make this a reality would be great. This is for recording and not gigging so it doesn't have to be super stout. Thanks.