Alesis claims that this is a great FAST way to plug your guitar directly into your computer without the need for an interface. It's a great idea...if only it produced any kind of quality sound whatsoever.
This product functions so badly that I thought it was broken. I asked them for a replacement, and upon receiving the new one, I plugged it in to receive the same distortion and latency. I know that you get what you pay for, but this isn't all that cheap for what it is and the build quality.
I was planning to pick up some actual digital studio equipment to do a few home demos, and bought this item because I thought it was a really good idea to record song ideas quickly. I know that Alesis makes some great products, but if this is a person's first experience with their fine digital solutions, do you think they will risk purchasing the higher end items?
In this case, the answer is no. Roland, Apogee, and M-Audio all make some fine interfaces in a few different price ranges and I would definitely give them a try after flushing my money down the toilet on this first experience with Alesis.
Anyway, I don't enjoy negativity so here's a great product that totally surprised me recently: Shaw's store brand potato chips! The brand is Shoppers Value, I'm pretty sure it's their brand because I'd never seen it before. I highly recommend the BBQ and Ruffled ones. Do you think they'd take an Alesis GuitarLink cable in trade for some more chips? Do YOU have chips and want to trade for a brand new Alesis GuitarLink cable? It's a...um...great way to record directly into you computer without the hassle of using an interface!