Following is a template for an email you can send to a student who expresses an interest in gear options. Note that this template is for Windows computer users. For Mac users, please check our other gear recommendations email template for Macs. Also, we've put all of the possible gear recommendations for a Windows user into this one email. Please delete any of the gear recommendations that are not relevant based on your student's specific interests to make this email shorter and easier to read. Finally, please make sure to replace the fields highlighted in yellow before sending.
Hello StudentName -
Here are the gear recommendations for cost-effective options that can upgrade your online lesson experience.
If you don't have an Ethernet port built into your Windows computer, then we'd recommend you purchase a USB 3.0 to Ethernet adapter. Please note that a USB 2.0 Ethernet adapter will *not* work well. For this adapter to work, you need to plug it into a USB 3.0 port on your Windows computer. If you're not sure if your computer's USB ports are 2.0 or 3.0 ports, here is a link to an article that explains how you can tell the difference: http://bit.ly/2iW7jbW. If you choose to purchase one of these adapters, here is a link to a good USB 3.0 to Ethernet Adapter, available on Amazon for approx. $13.99 - http://amzn.to/2C8exBV. And if you need an Ethernet cable, here is a link to a good 50-Foot Ethernet cable, available on Amazon for approx. $9.99 - http://amzn.to/2z4ZLMM.
If you want to connect your guitar or bass straight into your Windows computer in the least expensive way possible, then here is a link to the NewBEP USB to 1/4" guitar adapter cable, available on Amazon for approx. $9.99 - http://amzn.to/2jYvuYf. If you use this cable for your guitar, then you can use the built-in microphone on your Windows computer for voice chat to talk with your instructor in lessons. You can also use a free software plug-in to apply some simple effects and tones (similar to what you'd get from a guitar amp) to your guitar in online sessions. Just let me know if you'd like more info about how to install and use a plug-in in this way.
If you want the best audio quality (studio quality audio) and the lowest latency (less lag so that you can play together better with your instructor), then we'd recommend you purchase a Behringer UMC202 audio interface, available on Amazon for approx. $59.99 - http://amzn.to/2Az1fS9. If you connect your guitar or bass into this interface using a standard 1/4" guitar cable, then you can use the built-in microphone on your Windows computer for voice chat to talk with your instructor in lessons. You can also use a free plug-in to apply some simple effects and tones (similar to what you'd get from an amp) to your guitar in online sessions. Just let me know if you'd like more info about how to install and use a plug-in in this way. If you have a microphone, mic cable, and mic stand, you can also plug a microphone into the second input port on the Behringer interface for superior chat and/or singing audio quality and latency. Please note that you will need a pair of headphones with a 1/4" connector (not a mini jack) to plug into the Behringer interface.
If you have any other questions about gear options and how things work, please just reply to this email with your questions, and I'm happy to answer them and provide more guidance. If you decide to purchase any of this optional gear, please let me know about when you expect the gear to arrive so that we can schedule a setup session where I can help you get everything working and tested.
Look forward to hearing from you!