I recently got an Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro for my PC (for gaming purposes), but have recently decided to use it to amplify my electric guitar (my old amp having broken)... And maybe make some small recordings.
The Audigy has two Line-In's, into which I can plug in my guitar. (Phono jacks)
Guitar -> Line In on soundcard
However, when using this setup, volume is low and the quality of the sound
produced is terrible.
Trawling these forums, I have found that many people first connect the guitar to a mixer or preamp, and then to the Line In on the soundcard.
Would doing this (Guitar->Mixer/Preamp->Soundcard) improve sound-quality and volume? I'm looking for clear sound without hissing, etc.
Which of the two (Mixer or Preamp) would I need?
Secondly, can you recommend any software for realtime distortion (all guitar effects in general)? Preferably Tremolo, Wah, etc.