Cannot use pedal with audacity


I am unable to figure out how to use my zoom g3x with audacity. Total beginner, could not figure out how to use the sequel software the pedal came with, was absolutely nonsensical to me. Read that audacity is easy to use.

Can anybody please tell me how to actually get sound out of the pedal through my pc??? I cannot figure this out. I tried going to preferences in audacity, but still no sound–not anywhere, not through my pc speakers, or headphones.

Thinking I’m going to have sell it all and buy a mac for garageband or something at this point.


OK, so you’re not on a Mac, but you’ve not told us which operating system you are using.

Oh sorry. Windows 7. I am not hearing any sound at all…I do not understand what I am doing wrong. I have a usb cable connecting the zoom to the pc, and I have my guitar plugged in to the input of the zoom. I do not have any audio out running from the pc to the zoom.

I would like to just start from the beginning–I need to know what cable/plug/interface I need to connect my guitar to my PC, and be able to hear sound. Then I need to know how to connect my pedals to my pc…I hate this zoom thing very much, would rather do away with it as an interface and just use something else. The audacity interface makes sense to me, I just can’t get any sound.


windows 7. I have no audio out of this pedal (which is going on ebay or in the bin immanently anyway) to my pc, I am just running my guitar from the pedal input in to itself by a standard guitar jack. The pedal is connected to the pc by usb cable.

I just want to know how to connect my guitar and pedals to my pc and be able to use audacity to record. That’s it. If someone can tell me what interface/plugs/cables I need to do this that would be great. I don’t want to use the zoom, it sucks hard.

Does the pedal work?
If you plug headphones into the pedal, is it working?

Doesn’t really have a headphone in jack–well, it does but I clearly need some kind of adapter plug, my skullcandy plug doesn’t fit it.

According to the G3x manual ( there is a standard 1/4" headphone socket on the back.

You need to select the pedal as your recording input. Take a look at [u]this page[/u]. If Windows and Audacity can’t “see” your device, make sure you have installed the drivers.

Note that Windows has separate recording and playback “mixers” so you don’t always record exactly what you hear from your computer speakers.

Doesn’t really have a headphone in jack–well, it does but I clearly need some kind of adapter plug, my skullcandy plug doesn’t fit it.

1/4-inch is the home-audio & pro-audio headphone standard 3.5mm (1/8-inch) is the portable standard. You need an adapter like [u]this[/u].

ok well that page doesn’t help at all. I know the drivers are up to date, because sequel recognises the pedal even though it doesn’t work.

Again, I’d rather just start from the beginning. Lets pretend I have no pedals. All I have is a set of PC speakers, a guitar, and a pc. What would be the steps I would take to start recording with audacity? What attachments/plugs do I need etc. That would really help me out.

going to see what happens with acid in the interim


Assuming that it is an electric guitar, there are several approaches.

My preferred method for recording an electric guitar is to play the guitar through a guitar amp, and place a microphone in front of the guitar cab. The microphone would then need to be connected to the computer in some way. The microphone inputs on most PCs are rubbish, so I’d probably use a “USB microphone pre-amp” or a mixing desk connected to a “USB sound card with a line level input”, or use a mixing desk that has a USB output.

An alternative method would be if you have a guitar amp that has a “Line out”, you could connect that to a “line in” on your computer. Most full size computers have a “line in” connector but many laptops only have a “mic in” which is not suitable. If your computer does not have a “Line in” then there are many USB sound cards that provide “Line in” sockets, or use a USB mixing desk.

If you prefer to connect the guitar directly to the computer, then there are many USB sound cards that have inputs specially designed for plugging in a guitar (an inexpensive example is the Behringer UCG102. Other brands are also available. I’d recommend that you avoid cheap copies of the UCG102 as we have had several reports of them not working properly.)

Alternatively, some guitar effects pedals provide a USB audio interface. Note that just because a pedal has a USB connection does not necessarily mean that it can be used as an audio interface. On some guitar pedals the USB is only for downloading, saving and editing effect parameters (patches) and not for audio.