I have been playing acoustic guitar for awhile and I also have an electric guitar with a small cheap combo amp. Lately, I've been wanting to play more electric guitar, but find my small combo amp rather unsatisfactory tone-wise. I don't really have tons of money to get a good stack and pedals/effects etc... so I was thinking (as I mostly play just for myself in an apartment) that it would be better to simply use my computer (a higher-end gaming PC). Unfortunately, I know close to 0 about how this is possible. If anyone could help to tell me what I would need, (possibly recommend some products), it would be immensely appreciated.
In a nutshell, I am looking for a way to:
Plug my electric guitar into my PC (using regular guitar cable)
Have some sort of program where I can adjust the sound/effects etc... on my computer.
- Be able to hear the guitar through headphones or computer speakers plugged into my PC.
- Maybe even record some guitar for fun.
So, since I really only play for myself, I was wondering if this route is possible for me to get solid tones without paying heaps of money for a stack and pedals.
I've heard something about pods or soundcards or something, but am really new to this method and could use quite a bit of direction, as the amount of information online has me all over the place.