I have an electric Fender and I have the Zoom G3. A friend of mine is going to give his M-Audio Fast Track interface so can anyone tell me if it is possible to record my guitar by plugging my Zoom G3 into this interface? My idea is plugging my guitar into the Zoom G3 and then, the Zoom G3 plug it into the interface (M-Audio Fast Track). Besides that I would be using Reaper as the digital audio workstation.

Thank you! and I am not a native English speaker ;)

  • Consider, if possible, recording your tracks pre-effects. This allows you to alter or tweak the effects chain during mixing without having to re-record the performance. – Yorik May 27 '15 at 21:36
  • The answer to your question would require an entire textbook. There are many textbooks available on the subject of home recording. I do not believe that we can educate you on this subject in a few short posts on this site. – user1044 May 28 '15 at 6:33
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    Adding effects later is often suggested, but usually by people who don't play guitar :-) They are an integral part of the guitar sound, and you play to the effect, it isn't something to be bolted on later. Even vocalists like to hear some reverb in their headphones while recording. – Laurence Payne May 28 '15 at 8:33

You should be able to plug your guitar in into the Zoom G3 and plug the G3 into the computer. The Zoom G3 has a computer interface to plug directly into your computer through a USB cable.

From the description from Zoom "G3 operates as an audio interface, letting you record directly to your computer via USB. All of your sound settings used during rehearsals or live performances can be recorded to your favorite DAW ..."

There is no reason to use the M-Audio unless you want to simultaneously (at the same time) record vocals and guitar or record more than one source at the same time.

Plugging directly from the Zoom G3 into the computer would reduce latency (the delay between what you play and what you hear if you monitor the output). If you just want to record the guitar output from the Zoom G3 into Reaper and then add other instruments or vocals separately, I would just plug the G3 straight into the computer. There is no need for a separate interface in between the Zoom G3 and the computer.

  • You are right there is no need to include the M-Audio. but what if I want to use Pro Tools? – chris May 28 '15 at 4:48
  • Pro Tools should have no problem accepting input from any class-compliant USB audio device. As far as using them both, that's actually what you can't do, at least not in Windows. – KeithS May 28 '15 at 6:30

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