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LINDY USB Guitar Cable 5m
Size: USB to Jack Guitar cable - 5mChange
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2009
Whilst this is a potentially very useful idea for a product, purchasers should be warned that this device does not really have a standard microphone level input. Any kind of mic other than those with some kind of built in pre-amp giving very high output will sound either 'deaf' or completely dead. Also whilst the 5 meter lead is terminated in a cheap XLR the similarly cheap cable is unbalanced i.e the flimsy screen and pin 1 are shorted to chassis. Given its lack of sensitivty it also remains to be seen how prone to hum the device would be in day to day use. However if you can live with all this then the quality of the output on first impressions is surprisingly good, if you can pump enough level into it. I suspect other than being terminated in a 1/4" jack this is probably identical to the 'guitar' version of the product.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2011
Lindy USB Guitar Cable 5m works without drivers, plug and play on XP and above.

On XP it's advisable to configure an ASIO driver such as ASIO4ALL (free, google it) on older operating systems to reduce latency to near zero if you are planning to use some sequencer software for recording and live monitoring. You will still get latency if you try to use only the standard XP Wave Device, ASIO drivers eliminate most of any lag.

Under Win7/Vista use the windows WaveRT device instead of Wave, and the ASIO driver should not be needed.

On latency, a slight improvement with the cable and XP+ASIO4ALL than I got via the onboard sound on my ASUS motherboard when using ASIO, but the cable does get far more signal out of the guitar and into the recording software (using Mixcraft 5 here).

On signal level - one thing to remember is that you will probably have to go into the audio settings on the PC (right-click the speaker, properties-> recording controls), enable advanced control viewing and in the advanced controls for the new USB sound device, DISABLE the AGC which is a software automatic gain control.
The levels coming from the cable dont need this, and you may need to reduce the volume slider to 20% or so (I did) to get the level low enough to be useable by your software.

Another "gotcha" to remember, is that the mini-soundcard that is inside the cable's USB plug has an unused and non-functioning sound output device built into it's chipset - if you get no sound from your normal speakers after installing this, youll need to check the sounds are going where you think they were - and disable the output device from windows. This is an input cable (unless you expect the guitar to work as a loudspeaker?) with a phoney output slot that you need to bypass or disable in windows or your software's settings.

Ok, in closing, happy with the cable. Given 4 stars, as I think some more instructions would be useful for us lesser mortals though the FAQ and forums are helpful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 11 September 2009
A really useful piece of kit.

More tricky to use with acoustic guitars with a pick-up - just couldn't get the balance right so knocked off a star - no real instructions with it. Not that there's anything complicated.

Was dubious about it at first - seemed too cheap. But does the job admirably on electric guitar.

No frills.

No problem recording my guitar in Ableton Live. Not tried any other DAW with it or recording software.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2010
Decent enough item, cmedia audio usb sound card, built into an XLR, and with USB interface, however its a bit quiet, even with AGC on, and mic input max, its just about ok, could really use more gain. No hum, and replaced a preamp and mic input, so certainly easier, more portable and tidier.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2010
I just got this delivered today, and was itching to try it out after a 2-year battle with an M-Audio Fast Track that refused to work properly.
At first I was worried when I plugged the cable into Windows 7 and there was no new device sound (though the blue power light came on straightaway); however when I switched USB ports it was fine, so I'm guessing that port was just a bit temperamental.
I've tried the device in Ableton Live today, and after realising it was my guitar volume that was making the output so quiet (slight blonde moment there, lol), the cable worked perfectly; it was recognised instantly by Ableton and only needed some very slight tweaks to get the best output (and considering that I'm no music recording expert, that's a very good thing). The sound quality is excellent, even with my guitar's single-coil pickups (I have a Fender Squier Affinity Series Strat); in fact the only time I got any unwanted noise was when using certain noisy effects, and even this could be remedied by tweaking the effects themselves.
I did have some latency, but to be honest, this isn't a real worry for me; I was expecting latency on a laptop and I know what actions to take to reduce it. Today was just a test :)
All in all I am extremely happy with this product, as it means I can finally record decent-quality guitar; now I can finally make some songs! I've already written a glowing feedback message to Lindy, and I would thoroughly recommend this product to anyone who wants a quick, easy and quality method of recording guitar on a pc.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 December 2013
Does not work with Rocksmith 2014. I suffered a kids Christmas day fail and wish Lindy listed the application compatibility matrix for this cable rather than a generic statement.

I have definitely experienced the old fashioned "buyer beware" misfortune and now have to purchase another cable, no doubt another £20 plus delivery will be required.

Lucky for me my son is 14 and mature about Christmas present fails, but I feel sad for him.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2011
Impressed me enough to write a review! it's simple: plug and play. I have a macbook 2.26ghz intel c2d, 4gb ram and tried it out with garageband. no detection issues and no latency whatsoever even with GB's heavy fx guitar rigs and even when overdubbing loads of guitar tracks with live monitoring. so glad I didn't have to buy an external audio interface.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I was looking for an inexpensive way to connect my electric guitar to my PC and Mac. This works great with both but be aware you will need software such as Garage Band.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2012
If you have Realtek HD installed on your PC, be aware you may have problems getting it to work. I have spent 5 hours trying to get it to work with no luck, i have checked the Lindy site and they say there are problems with Relatek HD audio compatibility and are looking into it for me. I have tried every option possible and can't get it to work, and looking on the net, lots of other people have had the same problem.
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on 12 December 2011
I bought this to play my new guitar on my mac via garageband.

Plugged it in, mac instantly recognised the new device and asked me if I wished to use it.

I have knocked one star off as I cannot get garageband to recognise any chords I am playing in the chord trainer. It does however all work other than this, you can tune with the tuner and you can create your own music which is what I wanted it for. So I could be being harsh here, as it could be garagebands issue (a quick search online reveals others with issues), so take that into account when reading this review.

Other than that one small issue, the product is great.
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