I've picked up an Electro-acoustic guitar as I used to play classical years ago. I want to diversify a little and start playing some more modern songs.
Rather than buy an electric I figured I could just mute the acoustic and use an amp, effects peddle etc. Not perfect but it works ok from what I've seen other people do.
I've gotten a trial copy of Amplitude for my Mac and I currently have it set up so my guitar goes into line-in and then the headphone socket goes to a speaker.
I've been messing around with some of the preset effects and it's all very exciting but the sound quality is terrible. There's a lot of buzz from the input and naturally it sounds awful on the output. I've been reading and apparently I need a preamp.
I have no clue how all of this works, I'm used to just picking up a guitar and playing it. Do I have to do guitar>preamp>mac>speaker or am I missing something. I've looked at a few preamps on ebay, some are a pedal (which I'm not too bothered about at the moment) some are not.
If someone could please help me and tell me what the ideal layout is for the least expense I would greatly appreciate it.