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Hotel room practice
by MickKnipfler on 2013-02-28 14:05:56.9960

I want to be able to practice in a hotel room with my variax and a laptop.  I'm not bothered about recording but I want to be able to do the following:

1.  Play a music track from a CD, DVD or mp3 file

2.  Loop a given section of the music

3.  Slow the music down

4.  Change the tempo without changing the pitch

5.  Change the key of the music

6.  Connect my variax to the laptop

7.  Play the variax along with the track

8.  Vary the volume of the variax in relation to the track

I currently have a laptop, a pod XT live and HD500 and a copy of cubase.  I think I can just use them but would prefer a more portable way of connecting the variax to the laptop without carring the rather large POD around.  Do I just need a small USM interface?

Re: Hotel room practice
by clay-man on 2013-02-28 15:25:22.6800

You'll need some type of audio interface. There's the Line 6 GX which is pretty small.

Just act like that's your portable amp. You can't jam without an amp can you? (Well you can, but I mean not acousticly)

For a DAW, I can suggest using Reaper if you're not liking Cubase. You can adjust the pitch and adjust the speed of the tracks. It's practically free (unlimited trial).

Re: Hotel room practice
by geebake on 2013-03-01 12:33:06.6070

Might not want to be the direction you want to go but Amplitube from IK Multimedia will do what you want. I use it all the time for very similar things. I think the amp modelling is far superior to L6s as well.


Re: Hotel room practice
by clay-man on 2013-03-01 17:37:12.9000

I'm not a big fan of POD Farm either. I think their POD HD stuff is brilliant, but that wasn't released as amp modeling software.

I like Amplitude, but more and more I find myself using Guitar Rig, just because I like the professionality of it.

Examples: True stereo processing for the plugins, Limiter, IR loader.

The only thing I despise is how poor their Big Muff Pi is. Sounds like utter garbage, and I'm a huge fan of the Big Muff Pi.

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