I'm excited to buy a new solid state CODE 50 or 100 as my main gig/practice/recording amp. Before I do, can someone please explain if the included Gateway software can actually record new songs onto my windows pc via the USB port, and can it save the song as an mp3 or wav file, which I can later import into my DAW software to edit?
Already been answered but for the sake of clarity: your DAW software (on your PC) will simply recognise the CODE as an audio device (for both input and output) so you can record directly into your DAW software from the amp.
One thing though (based on my personal opinon and preference): recording directly from the CODE via USB may be a a bit dissapointing at first. This it not a shortcoming of the amp. at all but rather a general issue with this type of thing. You are recording in mono via USB (and in spite of also being able to use the headphone / line-out jack for recording, which is a stereo jack for playback, the recording output from this jack dual mono). This results in a thin, mono, sound. What I'm saying is to not expect to get the same "monster" sound that you hear coming from your Marshall (when recording direct). My solution has been to mic. up 2 x amps. using a stereo delay pedal to spli the guitar signal. But if this is not an option: I did find that adding some type of stereo widening plug-in (or at very least some type of stereo effect) to the recorded track solves the problem. In spite of this: I can tell you that the recorded sound is by far (and I do mean BY FAR) superior to any type of amp. sim. software (believe me: I've wasted loads of $$$ on the likes of Amplitube, Guitar Rig Pro, Line 6, you name it). Nothing comes close to the Marshall sound. You can also try adding cabinet impule responses etc. to the recorded track but there's no substitute for the sound that comes out of the Marshall's speaker cab. But to be honest: I've ditched the lot and only use the Marshall's and I could not want for better sound.
Hey thanks for your answer! So just for my understanding, can I connect a CODE amp via USB cable directly into my windows pc computer, and then record directly into my DAW (pro tools) to create songs in .mp3 or .wav format, or do I still need to buy a mixer interface unit to record from a CODE amp?
Wow thanks so much for your detailed answer. Great info. I'm just getting into building a small home recording studio and have been pricing/researching affordable gear, such as the shure sm57 dynamic mic, and the yamaha mg10xu mixer, as well as possibbly the krk rokit 5" desk monitors. The new CODE amp will be my choice for my studio/rehearsal amp! Waiting for the new CODE 100w 2x12 to arrive, which will be able to handle our live gigs too.