Trying to run my guitar through sound card...Volume very low

I'm trying to run my guitar through my x-fi xtreme music sound card but the volume is very low. I have my line in slider maxed out. Are there some hidden settings I need to goto to get the volume cranked up or is this all I get???


MOBO: ASUS A8N-SLI DELUXE
CPU: AMD ATHALON 64 3800+
MEMORY: 2GB OCZ PLATINUM DDR400 PC 3200(2-3-2-5)
VIDEO CARD: PNY GEFORCE 7900GT
HARD DRIVE: WD CAVIAR 120GB 7200RPM SATA
SOUND CARD: X-FI XTREME MUSIC
OS: WINDOWS XP SP 2
POWER SUPPLY: 500W
MONITOR: ACER 19" WIDESCREEN LCD
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    I'm trying to run my guitar through my x-fi xtreme music sound card but the volume is very low. I have my line in slider maxed out. Are there some hidden settings I need to goto to get the volume cranked up or is this all I get???


    MOBO: ASUS A8N-SLI DELUXE
    CPU: AMD ATHALON 64 3800+
    MEMORY: 2GB OCZ PLATINUM DDR400 PC 3200(2-3-2-5)
    VIDEO CARD: PNY GEFORCE 7900GT
    HARD DRIVE: WD CAVIAR 120GB 7200RPM SATA
    SOUND CARD: X-FI XTREME MUSIC
    OS: WINDOWS XP SP 2
    POWER SUPPLY: 500W
    MONITOR: ACER 19" WIDESCREEN LCD



    I don't know the technical answer to your question, but my best guess would be the sound card is not completely cmpatibale with your guitar's output. My suggestion...get a Marshall. :D
  2. I wish...Why don't you convince that to my wife...Thanks for the reply tho
  3. just guessing here but I believe the signal the sound card is looking for an amplified signal but your feeding it a non amped signal ? (I would check out the manuel or look on creatives site for more information) There could be some setting in software to switch between an amped signal and non amped one ? I use the break out box only for the headphone jack but I was thinking about picking up a guitar and doing this myself if you find the solution please post :)


    Edit: One quick question are you using an electric or electric acoustic ? also are you using any effects ? I wonder how a nice metal peddle would work :)
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    I wonder how a nice metal peddle would work :)


    Oh yeah! My neighbors are gonna' die if I get one more metal pedal 8)
  5. Hey there. I also use my guitar with my comp. Your problem is that you are sending a flat (not amped) signal to your soundcard. You have two solutions:

    1- plug the guitar in the MIC IN of your soundcard, but the sound you will get will not be very good
    2- use some sort of amplification before the signal goes in the soundcard, ie stomp box or else.

    Here is how I connect my guitar to the comp ......

    guitar ...... plugged into Boss GT-6 (you can replace this with others multi effects or stomp box) ..... plugged into LINE IN of sound card with stereo cable (since the gt-6 outputs in mono or stereo)

    I've been using this setup for over 2 years now and it is amazing, for playing or recording.
  6. awesome ! sounds like tons of fun :) (of course I cant play hardly anything but hey I still like to play even if its just noise lol)
  7. man as long as you have fun :D

    and maybe headphones :wink:
  8. Yeah, you need a direct box. You can also use a small mixer, though the signal won't be as pure. I used a cheap Behringer to do guitar and mike, and get a separate monitor to avoid lag. That way I didn't need a mike and guitar box...
  9. Too bad, I just sold my peavey 5150 5 days ago. I could have sold it to you. :)
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