Gibson Memory Cable Review

Musical amnesia a thing of the past thanks to unique new cable

Gibson Memory Cable

Ever had an idea so good, so unbelievably unique and so downright exciting that you can’t wait to share it with the rest of your band/friends/mum, only to completely forget it later? It’s the worst feeling you can have as a musician; you spend time stoking your creative flames to eke out the musical nuggets of marvel and as soon as they’re there, they disappear. Sure enough, you can practice plugged into your studio, recording your every riff in the hope of hitting the jackpot, but having a screen blare away in front of you is one heck of a distraction. Loop pedals are great for solo writing and composition, but often don’t feature enough memory to record your every downstroke.

Salvation comes in the shape of a truly wonderful innovation from Gibson, called the Memory Cable. It’s one of those products that makes you wonder why it hasn’t been done before. And to think people complain about a lack of innovation in the musical instrument industry… Let our Gibson Memory Cable review explain how it can help your playing and remove the fear-factor of forgetting your hard work.

Always On

Effectively, the Gibson Memory Cable is a standard five metre guitar lead (well, a rugged, industrial-grade non-tangle cable according to the box) which appears much the same as any other, save for the eight inch ‘bulge’ near to the guitar end. Within this ‘bulge’ is pure magic. Magic in the shape of a Tascam-engineered recording device and a 4GB micro SD card. The theory here is that you use the Memory Cable in the same way you would an ordinary cable, running directly from the guitar into either your amp or pedal board. You choose between continuous recording or automatic, which begins when it senses an audio signal, and leave it to quietly document everything that happens while you’re playing.

Free from the distraction of a computer screen, or pressures of a red light, you can concentrate on your playing safe in the knowledge that if you do stumble across a musical money-shot unlike anything you’ve produced before, it’ll be there waiting for you in pristine, uncompressed 16-bit, 44.1KHZ audio. This audio can then be transferred over to your DAW or recording equipment of choice, and amped/reamped to your heart’s content. Better still, the included 4GB Micro SD card can record up to 13 hours of performance, meaning you can simply leave it running at the start of a session and, if songwriting magic occurs, you know it’ll be there waiting for you later.

Gibson Memory Cable

Gibson seal of quality

Gibson don’t make any old tat, that much is clear. So when the Big G puts its name to something, you know it’s going to be at the higher end of the quality scale. This much is true with the Memory Cable; the cable itself is thick enough to lend it an air of robustness which would fill you with confidence if you decided to use it for live performance. The recording ‘bulge’ (it probably has a real name) is close enough to the guitar input to make it unobtrusive and near impossible to stand on during play, yet has enough travel if you prefer tucking your lead under your strap before plugging in (very wise).

Beyond the guitar

What’s cool about the lead is that it can be used with other instruments too; bass is an obvious one, but its easy compatibility with synths and other line level instruments make it invaluable for non-guitarists too. If each member of a band used one, it’d simply be a case of lining up the various audio from the Micro SD cards within your DAW, removing the need for multiple micing and the problems that can occur with this kind of setup.

Summary

When it was first announced, the Gibson Memory Cable received a lot of praise for its unique solution to an age-old problem. Having used one first-hand, we can honestly say that the hype is worthwhile. It has the dual benefits of discreet availability of a decent quality audio interface and also being a tough, hardwearing guitar lead. Ok, it’s probably not going to be your go-to main lead which gets rammed in a guitar case and lugged up and down the country – although its build quality suggests it’d cope quite nicely with that if you did want to use it in that way – but for the working musician it is clearly worth a look.

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