So what I'd like to do for my guitar jamming on the go is purchase one of the Line 6 USB interfaces w/ PodFarm (POD Studio GX, POD Studio UX1/UX2 - whichever is cheapest). From reading the product descriptions it seems that the user plugs in the device via the USB interface and "monitors" - that is, listen to the sound output - via a headphone jack on the Line 6 interface. What I'd like to do is be able to hear the guitar sound (modified with PODFarm effects) through the laptop's own sound system via its speakers or microphone port.
Is this possible? My reason for wanting it this way is quite simple - if I can have the guitar mix from the Line 6 interface played through the laptop output, then it makes it very easy for me to jam along to whatever backing track or song or metronome that's open on my computer. Otherwise, listening to headphones plugged into the Line 6 interface means that the guitar sound is segregated from everything else that I want to hear along with it.
Can this be accomplished merely by plugging in the USB interface? Surely, with adequate ASIO drivers, there must be a way to listen in "live" to the guitar sound through the laptop. Another potential workaround would be to take a cord with 1/8" plugs on both ends and plug it into the headphone port on the Line 6 interface and the other end into the laptop's dual microphone/line-in port. Can anyone confirm if either setup (listening live through laptop via USB connection or 1/8" connection) actually work?
I don't understand why such a setup is not commonplace. For years, I've been able to plug in my PODXT, and then the X3 Live, into the line-in port of the Soundblaster card on my desktop computer so that I could have the guitar sound coming out of my computer speakers along with whatever else I was playing along to. All I had to do was uncheck the "Mute" button on Line-in under Windows 7/8's volume control panel (there were some hiccups along the way when I upgraded to Windows 8, but that's a different story and since resolved).
At one point, I went to an electronics/music store to seek the solution I'm talking about now for a portable computer and the ssalesperson was incredulous that I was able to have this setup working on my desktop computer - he went so far as to call it "jury-rigged", when all was required was to plug the POD into the sound card's line-in port, make sure line-in wasn't muted on the operating system, and then jam away! No jury-rigging involved.
If anyone can shed some insight into what I'm seeking to do, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!