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Connecting Your Guitar to Your Computer With an AT-200B Breakout Box

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This guide will take you step-by-step through the process of connecting your guitar via MIDI to your computer with a Peavey AT-200B breakout box for the purpose of transferring software to your guitar, whether an automatic update to your guitar's operating software, or an optional software feature pack.

If you don't own a Peavey AT-200B (and have no intention of buying one), you're in the wrong place. Instead, check out the MIDI Y-cable connection guide here.

To connect your guitar to your computer, your will need the following:

Before starting, here are some important notes:

• You must have created your account on the Auto-Tune for Guitar web site. If you have not yet done that, go do it now.

• Your computer must be running the Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8.  It can be either a Windows PC or a Macintosh running Windows via Bootcamp (learn more about Bootcamp here). Your browser must have Java 6.0 or later enabled. You can find a guide to installing and activating Java here.

• Note that you can use a computer other than your own to do the transfer, as the software will reside on the guitar you transfer it to. So if you don't have a computer running Windows, but you have a friend that does, simply connect your guitar to their computer, log into your account and transfer away.

• Many cheap MIDI interfaces will not work for this software transfer. You must use an interface whose manufacturer provides device-specific driver software which you must install on your computer. You can find a selection of interfaces we have tested and found to work here.

Ready? Here we go:

Step 1. Connect the 8-pin DIN cable that came with your AT-200B to the 8 pin DIN connector located next to the instrument jack on your guitar. Connect a 1/4 inch audio cable into the guitar's output jack.

Step 2. Connect the other end of the 8 pin cable to the port marked “To Guitar” on the Peavey AT-200B.

Step 3. Plug the AT-200B power supply into an AC outlet and plug its power connector into the AT-200B.

Step 4. Connect one end of a 5-pin MIDI cable to the IN port of the AT-200B and connect the other end of this cable into the OUT port of your MIDI interface.

Step 5. Connect one end of the other 5-MIDI  cable to the OUT port of the AT-200B and connect the other end of this cable into the IN port of your MIDI interface.

Note: If your MIDI interface has male connectors, you will not need the two MIDI cables, as you can plug your interface's connectors directly into the AT-200B.

Another Note: Don't worry, if you connect the wrong plugs to the wrong connectors, nothing bad will happen, it just won't work. In that case, simply reverse the plugs and try again.

Step 6. Finally, plug the USB cable into the MIDI interface, and connect the other end to your computer.

Now that everything's connected, you should test the connection between your guitar and your computer to confirm that everything's working. That test is covered in the AT-200B Connection Video Guide at the top of this page or in the Computer Connection Test Guide.