Connecting POD to sound card on PC

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Member Since: Mar 17, 2003

My Guitar POD has two lines out (L and R) and my sound card has only one line in. Do I need to buy a splitter so I can plug both of the POD outputs into one line or should I just use one output?

Also, can I use a guitar cable (with the appropriate adapter) to connect the POD to the sound card or do I need to buy a separate cable?


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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Mar 28, 2003 11:21 am

Yes, a typical shielded guitar cable will work fine runnign to the sound card.

The only reason you would need both outs from the POD is if you are running some stereo effects on your signal, if you are not doing that you can just run one in.

Of course, if you are using stereo effects they will be loose the stereo qualities if you get an adapter that turns it into a mono signal, so if you do need both, make sure you get an adapter that will keep it in stereo if your input can use it, since you didn't mention the sound card you are using, nor is it in your profile, I dunno if it can or can't.

Maniacal Genius
Since: Dec 30, 2002

Mar 28, 2003 11:31 am

It all depends on whether or not you want to record a stereo signal or not. If you want stereo, then you'll need an adapter to take two mono 1/4" and adapt them to a single stereo plug (probably 1/8" if you're using a consumer sound card). If you just want a mono signal, then you can just adapt one mono cable to the right size plug to go into your sound card. If you go with the mono option, make sure you only have one cable plugged into the outputs of your POD. By default, the POD will output a mono signal to the Left output if there is no cable plugged into the right output. If you have cables plugged into both outputs and only connect to your soundcard with one, you'll be getting only one side of a stereo signal. Standard intrument cables with the appropriate adapters will work fine for you.

Since: Mar 17, 2003

Mar 28, 2003 12:27 pm

Thanks for your help Guys!

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