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  1. Phase is a major consideration in signal processing and filter/amplifier design. If not handled correctly phase can lead to unstable circuits (feedback) or other undesired effects. Phaser and flanger pedals get their sound via phase effects. Nonlinear phase creates strange, generally undesirable effects. I'm not sure what the guy is talking about. It could be as simple as having cabinets/speakers that are out of phase with each other, canceling out alot of the sound, the same as out of phase pickups do.
  2. An audio interface. USB would be the easiest and cheapest. A Line 6, M-Audio fast Track or something in that vein would be fine. The NI Guitar Rig session would probably be an excellent choice too, an audio interface plus some modeling software for a good price. I would just use free plugins, although Recabinet is worth owning IMO.
  3. Since Macs generally have a FireWire/1394 input anyway, you could try a 1394 interface. It doesn't rely on the processor because it has its own hardware controller. I don't have any noticeable latency using a FastTrack Pro though. I'm running a dual core 2.8GHz, nothing fancy or fast (its almost 3 years old).
  4. Switching systems like the Voodoo Labs Ground Control do that.
  5. Sounds like it's bypassed in the DAW to me. You may have turned track FX off or something, I'm not sure how all DAWs work but there are likely several ways you could have bypassed it. If the input bar shows nothing, I doubt the problem is with the GR setup. Could even be you have the guitar input going to the wrong track or something If nothing else works, start a new project in the DAW and set up a track w/ GR4 all over again.
  6. The Line6 software requires iLok or L6 hardware, so even if you were to find a torrent or whatever you wouldn't be able to use it. I'm not an expert on antipiracy technology but I don't think the iLok secured stuff can be cracked.
  7. NI (makers of guitar rig) have their own audio interface that is made to go with GR. It has footswitches built in to control GR with. If you don't need that, any interface with an instrument input will do. I use a Fast Track Pro, and have used a Fast Track and Mackie Onyx Satellite in the past. For just tracking guitar into GR4, you don't need any unusual features. Before you buy GR4, get an interface and try out some of the free amp modeling plugins available. The LePou (Poulin) stuff is my favorite. This site has a nice compilation of free software, not all of it being guitar stuff. IMO free plugins + Recabinet is just as good as commercial stuff like Guitar Rig or Revalver, although perhaps not as versatile.
  8. You need an audio interface, the mic in of an integrated soundcard is meant for cheesy headset mics not guitars. You can get a USB audio interface that will work well for under $100, just make sure it has an instrument (high impedance) input.
  9. As far as I know, the difference between a minor second and augmented unison is in the names of the notes. Because C and C# are both written with the letter C, it's an augmented unison. Similarly, Db and D and F and F# would be examples of augmented unisons, whereas C# and D and F and Gb would be minor seconds. Bosworth's review of Burge's course is very shill-ish. It reads like he copied and pasted from the product's website
  10. Look for some general WinXP/computer optimization guides, and maybe consider overclocking your CPU as that's a fairly weak CPU by today's standards. Given appropriate cooling an overclock can improve CPU performance by a good %. You could also looking into replacing the CPU. Without replacing anything else in the PC you could get an X2 6000+ ($90) or something like that. Still not a top of the line processor but better than the 4200+. Shut down and/or uninstall programs that are running in the background like antiviruses, reduce the processes running to a minimum (FWIW I have about 22 processes when my computer is idling with no programs open in XP home). If you have alot of things running in the background at startup, Startup Control Panel is a nice, easy to use app to stop them from autorunning.
  11. It's cheesy crap All it does it put the pickups out of phase with one another so that the midrange frequencies are cancelled out People like it so much because its basically "scooping" the mids The pickups are not out of phase.
  12. It's the same as 2 humbuckers or two Fender style single coils. I assume you're using a typical Gibson style pickup selector switch? If so, the Duncan diagram for 2 pickups, 1 vol, 1 tone, 3 way switch would be what you need.
  13. This page has the best explanation I've yet heard for the phenomenon: http://www.guitarnuts.com/technical/noisebucket.php Basically it's just your guitar picking up noise the same way single coil pickups do. Good shielding should help, and playing in a less noisy location.
  14. An impulse response works something like this: input*impulse -> output That * stands for convolution (mathematical operation). So to find the impulse response of an acoustic guitar (or anything else), you would need to know the input and output. This is tricky since the input to the acoustic is not an electrical signal. It might be possible to use a piezo or optical pickup plus a mic to make an impulse response, and then use a piezo on the electric guitar, but I don't think it would work as well as speaker simulation.
  15. Current rating on the power supply is a maximum value, you could use that 2500mA supply to power a dirt pedal which only draws under 100mA. Voltage rating is not a maximum value however, it's constant (or it's supposed to be, within the operating parameters of the supply). Hook up a 27V supply to a pedal that only needs 9V and the pedal may fry. If the power supply can't supply the required current for a pedal, it's bad news for the power supply and maybe even the pedal (though I would think the pedal would probably be fine, it just may not work right).
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