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Alesis GuitarLink AudioLink Series 1/4-inch-to-USB Cable

by Alesis

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  • Connect guitars, basses, or line-level audio source to USB for recording
  • 16-bit, 44.1 kHz digital audio output
  • Plug-and-play connection for Mac and PC
  • Compatible with most Mac and Windows (32-bit) class-compliant drivers and software
  • 16.5-foot length (5m)

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001OXEDA0
  • Item model number: GuitarLink
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,593 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 16, 2004

Product Description

Record your guitar direct. GuitarLink makes it easy to direct-connect nearly any guitar, bass, or other line-level audio source to USB for mono recording. The AudioLink Series USB-audio cable outputs studio quality 16-bit, 44.1 kHz digital audio thanks to its internal analog-to-digital conversion system. GuitarLink connects plug-and-play to your Mac or PC for an all-in-one USB audio solution.

Customer Reviews

Then, sounds get noisy and cracking.
Dong Won
After downloading ASIO4all I was unable to see the device in Cakewalk at all even after selecting it in the ASIO4all control panel.
Twiddly Diddly
If i could figure out who the manufacturer is, I might just buy another one!
Sue Nami

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Daniel H. Okada on June 28, 2011
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Any review should probably start out with a disclaimer specifying that product review results for something such as a USB peripheral like this cable may vary from hardware set up to set up.

This cable is currently being used with a 2011 15" MBP, 2.2Ghz i7, 8 GB RAM and GarageBand 6.0.2. It was previously used with a 2009 15" MBP 2.4Ghz C2D, 4 GB RAM with virtually the same results. I won't vouch for the performance of this cable on earlier Mac hardware or pre-2010 versions of GarageBand.

First off in regards to the negative reviews: there is no perceptible latency when properly set up.

On the default settings with the original C2D MBP I used this cable with, there was a significant amount. Key word: default. After making the appropriate preference adjustments within GarageBand, there was none.

On the default settings with the i7 MBP, no adjustments needed to be made at all upon launching GarageBand. 100% plug and play. The program automatically recognized the USB link as the default input source and no adjustments were necessary to start recording. The monitor is off by default; clicking it on within GarageBand is the equivalent of flipping the power on a guitar amp if you want to use external speakers, or clicking on the headphone icon if you want to use headphones.

These are issues with GarageBand, not the cable. Any negative reviews based upon lack of basic user knowledge of how to use GarageBand (Apple's software) should be disregarded.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mike on December 17, 2009
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I bought this cable to interface my electric guitar with my Macbook Pro in order to record using Garage Band.

Simply put, the device seems to technically work, but there is a split second delay between playing and hearing. It may be a half or quarter second delay, but it's enough to completely interfere with my timing while playing. I found it unusable and returned it.

Now I'm using a simple 1/4" to 1/8" mini plug into my computer's line in port without any problems.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stormerne Hunt on October 7, 2009
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No fuss with this little device. Just plug it in and away it goes. I used it with a laptop PC and Audacity 1.2.6 (from sourceforge). On my PC I set Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Device Properties > Audio. On Audacity I set Edit > Preferences > Audio I/O. It's been working ever since. No noise. Good sound. Good price. Transparent - as it should be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark T on December 29, 2010
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Like others here, the latency was just too great for me to be able to use it.

I'm running a Macbook with Garage Band '09. Just as a solo or with a loop, delay was about a 1/4 second, which is ALMOST liveable, and you can get used to it somewhat after playing for a while. But when I imported a play along track into Garage Band, the delay increased to a second, making it completely impossible to play in time with the track.

The tone quality is improved using the guitarlink vs. just running straight through the line-in channel. (The line-in basically elminates the latency, but it impairs the tone and adds some unwanted distortion.) Nevertheless, latency issues trump tone quality, rendering the item unuseable.

From reading other reviews here and elsewhere online, some Mac users have not had the latency issue, even using the exact same setup I have. Go figure. So, for those who DO want to risk it, know that it really isn't just "plug and play." There are four simple but important steps to take before using it that are not included as documentation nor found on Alesis's support page. They are absolutely necessary to be able to hear other tracks and the guitar as you're recording. And they will save you hours of frustration trying to figure it out.

1. Make sure the Input is set to the guitarlink (arbitrarily called C-Media USB Audio Device). System Preferences->Sound->Input->C-Media USB Audio Device. This step that tells the computer that you want the incoming signal to come from the guitarlink.
2. Make sure the Output is set to the computer's internal speakers. System Preferences->Sound->Output->Built-in. This step tells the computer that you want the computer's internal speaker to playback what you're recording.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joe on December 16, 2009
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I wanted a chord which would connect my guitar to my mac that I could use in Garage band. It did just that. No problems or complaints here!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Promptland on December 20, 2010
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It took me a while to get the GuitarLink to work with GarageBand or Audacity. Out of the box the signal is too hot for the input of both programs. The answer ended up being opening up the "Audio MIDI Setup" (found in the Applications - Utilities folder), choosing the "C-Media Audio Device", then the "Input" tab and then taking the master slider down to zero. I found this answer through a lot of trial and error and I wish these directions came along with the device.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Holly Figueroa on February 11, 2011
I'd plugged my electrics, acoustics, pedal steel, lap steel, ukelele, electric violin, etc in with this little guy, and was super impressed with how easy it was.

Out of the box, into the computer, plug and play. Could not have been easier.

But...I couldn't help but thinking...what if...

So, with a little thought (and a few cables from recording attempts of bygone days), I was able to connect an old Privia PX 700 through the headphone cable, into audiolink, and record some pretty good sounding grand piano tunes in Garageband and Logic. This keyboard has a midi out, so I'm going to give that a try tomorrow, but I just wanted to see if it could be done, and it can!

Then I thought...what's from stopping me from using all of the cool, genuine sounding instruments that aren't recordable on my Ipad using the same set up. The answer? Nothing! So, I'm wicked happy that those "fun" instrument apps with no recording capability can record directly into Gband and Logic with Audiolink.

With the patch right cables, (and I'm talking about stuff that anyone who has been recording for any amount of time would probably have duplicates of), you can use this for just about anything. I hear no hum, no latency issues, and I'm super sensitive to that kind of stuff after 8 studio records and 2 live records...I don't put up with a lot of "hum".
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