the Gibson Memory Cable
Inspiration Insurance
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A smart cable Powered by tascam Never lose a creative moment again with the inspiration insurance that only Memory Cable™ can provide.
It happens all the time You’re playing guitar, and come up with an amazing song idea. Then it’s gone. And you can’t get it back. But Memory Cable™—a premium-quality instrument cable for guitar or keyboards—can capture your inspiration so you’ll never lose a brilliant creative moment again.
Gibson Memory Cable™
A Studio quality recorder / preamp for the price of an outstanding cable
The cable’s built-in, super-compact recorder (designed by TASCAM, the undisputed leader in portable recording) saves up to 13 hours of your playing to commonly available, inexpensive Micro SD cards. And with CD-quality 44.1kHz/16-bit resolution, the audio quality is ideal for transferring over to computer-based, multitrack recording programs.
Memory Cableapplications The when, and where of using the memory cable
Songwriting
Memory Cable™ doesn’t have to be plugged into an amp—just plug into a guitar, bass, or keyboard, and start recording.
It's a cable
Memory Cable uses premium cable for pristine sound, and doesn’t even need power to work as a conventional cable.
Record Rehearsals
Plug into the output of your PA mixer to record your rehearsals.
Computer recording “insurance.”
Patch your guitar to a computer’s audio interface through the Memory Cable™—if you forget to record-enable a track, think an earlier take was better, or the computer crashes, your performance will still be safely tucked away in the Memory Cable™.
Practicing
Record your playing for later analysis.
Easy “re-amping.”
Compared to standard re-amping solutions that often involve multiple cables, boxes, and signal splitting, the Memory Cable approach is simple and effective.
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record everything you play without a computer never forget when you have a brilliant creative moment
the Gibson Memory Cable
Frequently Asked Questions We have the answers
Does the cable still work if the battery loses power?


Yes. The cable works regardless of battery strength or whether the recorder is enabled.


I’m concerned the cable will affect my guitar sound.


Don’t be. The cable is premium quality. If anything it will probably sound better than what you’re using.


What advantage is there over a regular hand-held recorder?


The biggest advantage is that you have to use a cable anyway, so the recorder is always at your fingertips.


Does the Memory Cable™ work with acoustic guitars?


Yes, if the guitar has a ¼” output jack.


Will you make a model for electronic instruments, like keyboard synthesizers?


The Memory Cable™ is already compatible with almost any instrument or sound source that has a ¼” output jack.


If I record a really great lick, how do I find it?


You can insert a tag after the end of something really cool. This closes that file, and starts a new one. This way you know to always go to the end of a file to find the good stuff.


What happens if the MicroSD card becomes full?


The Memory Cable™ starts deleting the oldest files to make room for more inspiration insurance.


What’s the RTC battery for?


It allows time/date-stamping your files. The cable can still record without this battery.


I have long silent spaces when I record; this wastes a lot of memory.


Select Auto mode instead of Cont(inuous), and the Memory Cable™ will record only when you’re playing.


How can I play back sounds or transfer them to a computer?


The MicroSD card is compatible with MicroSD card readers (typical cost is $2 - $5), which connect to Windows or Mac computers via USB. Some computers have slots for standard-sized SD cards and the package includes a MicroSD-to-SD adapter. You can then copy files from the card to the computer, and play them back through your computer’s sound card. Some smartphones store data on MicroSD cards. You can temporarily insert the Memory Cable’s™ MicroSD card and use the smartphone as a USB driver; consult your phone’s documentation for details on how to do this.

Specifications It's all in the details
Stores over 13 hours of audio with 4GB MicroSD card (included)
Continuous or auto recording (records only when you’re playing)
Handles guitar, bass, drum machine, synthesizer, etc. and line-level signals
Uncompressed recording—CD-quality 44.1kHz/16 bit fidelity
Mac/Windows/iOS/Android compatible WAV file format
Ultra-simple user interface, with included reference card
Insulated ends minimize the chance of shocks
Transfer files directly from MicroSD card to computer using a card reader, or even insert the MicroSD in a compatible smart phone and access the phone via USB
Recording technology from TASCAM, the undisputed leader in hand-held portable recorders
Uses AA main battery (standard or rechargeable, approximate 8 hour battery life) and LR44 battery for Real Time Clock functions (approximate 1 year battery life)
Premium quality, low-capacitance cable
Competitive pricing with non-recording premium cables

The Gibson Memory Cable™ is “Inspiration Insurance” Craig Anderton

Inspiration is fragile. Remember those songs you lost when you couldn’t record an idea in time, the great riff that came and went, or the computer crash that trashed a fantastic solo?

The Memory Cable™ would have remembered—it’s your personal backup service that runs constantly in the background. This premium, 16-foot cable has a built-in, solid-state recorder designed by TASCAM’s engineers. Plug the cable into your guitar, press a button, and the cable records everything you play. It’s that simple.

If you play something you really like, press a button to close the existing file and start recording a new one. That way you’ll always know your best inspirations are at the file’s end.

Total recording time is over 13 continuous hours with the included 4GB microSD card, but a second mode can record only while you’re playing. The uncompressed, WAV-format files feature 44.1kHz, 16-bit resolution; thanks to the studio-quality A/D converters, if you record a “keeper” you can bring the file into any recording software, then build the song from there.

Although the Memory Cable™ doesn’t play back by itself, transferring files to a computer is easy. Most card readers can read a microSD card, and the Memory Cable™ includes a microSD-to-SD adapter (most computers have SD card slots). Many smartphones can also read a microSD card, as well as transfer the card data over USB.

Battery life is 8 hours from a rechargeable or standard AA battery, but there’s also a small battery that, while not necessary for operation, lasts for a year and powers an internal clock to time-stamp your files.

What’s best about the Memory Cable™ is that you’ll always have it at your fingertips—you need to use a cable anyway. You don’t have to grab a box, find another patch cable, hook it up, and navigate an operating system—plug in, turn on, done. The Memory Cable™ also works with keyboards, bass, electronic drums—even a mixer bus output to record a rehearsal session. And it’s ideal for re-amping, which we’ll cover in a future article.

Most importantly, the first time you don’t lose some great inspiration you’ll truly appreciate the Memory Cable™’s “inspiration insurance.” I certainly do: my next YouTube video is built around a riff that the Memory Cable™ remembered when I was testing it!


Memory Cable™: Capture Your Ideas And Improve Your Playing Peter Hodgson

Perception is a funny thing. If you’ve ever listened to your voice on a recording, or caught your reflection in a mirror and didn’t recognize yourself for a second, you know what I’m talking about.

Sometimes we have a way of perceiving things the way we want them to be, rather than the way they are. There are times when this can be a good thing: I know that if I feel like I’m looking sharp I’m probably going to leave the house feeling more confident than if I’m wearing my ‘everything else is in the wash’ outfit, even if I forget that my version of ‘Sunday best’ is ripped jeans and a Van Halen shirt (but it’s a really nice Van Halen shirt, right?).

But there are times when it can be a bad thing. Like if you’re around someone who’s had a few too many drinks and they’ve lost the ability to regulate their volume so they’re shouting at the top of their lungs when they think they’re speaking at a normal level.

Guitar playing is a lot like that. If you feel like you’re having a ‘Good Tone Day’ you’ll play more boldly and more confidently, like nothing you could play could possibly be wrong. But sometimes what we’re hearing in our head isn’t what we’re putting out there. Sometimes we may think we’re speaking in an authoritative Darth Vader voice when we really sound like Moe the bartender. And sometimes we may think we’re playing with all the rhythmic precision of a James Heftield when really we’re flailing about with the abandon of an [insert least-favorite guitar player here].

That’s why it’s so important to record your playing and listen back to it with a critical ear. This helps you to spotlight and refine all sorts of issues with your playing. And that’s what makes Gibson’s new Memory Cable™ so useful: in addition to being a premium cable, it’s an ideal tool for songwriters as well as those just wanting to refine their technique.

So with that in mind, here are some ways that the Memory Cable™ can improve not only your guitar playing but your entire musical expression.

Rhythm
When you’re in the zone it can be difficult to discern whether you’re playing at a steady tempo or not. We all have the tendency to speed up when we’re excited. Sometimes this can even add a sense of excitement and energy to a piece - if the whole band is doing it at the same time. But unrequested tempo adjustments can kill the vibe of any gig. When you remove yourself from the passion of performance and listen back to what you’ve just played, you can pinpoint any little issues with the way you’re handling the tempo and the even-ness of your attack.

Pitch
Here’s another one of those things that can escape you if you’re rocking out too hard: the tendency to either accidentally nudge a note out of tune by applying too much finger pressure during normal fretting, or to push it out of tune when attempting to bend a string. Again, sometimes an over-bent string can be a cool thing - there’s a particularly great one in Jimmy Page’s “Whole Lotta Love” solo - but in most cases a little reckless abandon is best employed as a deviation from the main program in the form of a cool little moment here or there, rather than playing an entire set of imprecise, over-reached notes. When you listen back to your playing it’s a lot easier to identify problem areas, particularly if you’re bending just one string of a particular chord slightly out of tune. Once you’ve identified the issue you can work on it until the ‘right’ way becomes habit.

Tone
Tone doesn’t necessarily mean just the settings on our amp. It can also refer to what your fingers are squeezing out of your guitar. Ever notice how some players are able to coax almost wah-wah-like sounds out of their guitars even when they’re not using a pedal? Steve Vai is a great example. There’s a certain technique you can use where you sort of push the string into the fret a little harder than usual to achieve a sharper tone. Fret very softly and you’ll get a softer, warmer tone. When you record your playing you’ll be able to more clearly zero in on these moments so you can develop more control over them.

Songwriting
Perhaps the greatest reason to record your playing is so you can capture those magical little moments that would otherwise be lost forever, be they melodies, licks, songwriting ideas or one-off impossible-to-replicate spontaneous flukes. And with the Memory Cable™’s Reamping ability you can come up with an idea while jamming, then transfer the file into your recording program to re-amp physically or digitally.