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"best" way to feed dry elec-guitar into pc...

Post by TraumFlug »

Hi there!

I'm just asking about your opinions on this. I like to play my guitar very much, and nothing beats having a real amp in front of you for feeling & harmonic feedbacks etc. and then mic it, but I'd sooner or later like to experiment with things like guitarix/gx_head as an alternative, expecially for recording the dry signal while listening to the wet, and then tweak the dry sig. & processing until it sounds even more sweet than it did while playing.

so I'd need to feed my guitar dry signal to my soundcard, it's an m-audio 2496, with rca inputs. what's the best way to obtain similliar dynamic sounds like from a real amp? preamp? di-box? direct connecting with the right cable (I guess that won't really do good...)?

looking forward to suggestions :)
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Post by spm_gl »

While a DI box into a mic input works okay, I would strongly recommend using a preamp. A DI box doesn't have a high enough input impedance, and the direct guitar signal has some very ugly treble going on.
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Post by thorgal »

there are mainly 3 reasons why you'd want a DI box, so see if you fit in here:

- impedance matching (the DI will convert the high imp input to low imp output)
- balanced output at mic level (most of the time)
- breaking of ground loop (the "humming" noise you can hear when connecting your instrument directly to your mixing desk)

If you need a DI, you may want to add a cab simulator to cut off the high treble of the guitar signal. Some DIs come with a cab sim.
You can also DI the output of you guitar amp so you capture the amp cab as well feeding the DI. You can record two tracks actually: one with the DI output (DI plugged to amp output) and another one containing the mic'ing of the amp (standard procedure: put a mic in front of your amp and preamp the mic signal). On the DAW, you can then mix down these tracks according to your liking.

(Personally, if I did not have my son playing or sleeping nearby, I would fiddle that way - I wish I had a room elsewhere in the house just for music prod ... dream dream dream).
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Post by Jan »


I have experimented with some gear over the years to get a good amp like sound without actually using an amp. I tried the DI out of my JMP-1, a Zoom GM-200 and software. Never was wholly satisfied.

The best recording sound I have so far is with my AMT Distortion Station. I play it with different guitars and it always sounds good when I mix it with a bit of reverb or an early reflection effect, just like the real thing. The CPU footprint is very low and it sounds really good, I think.

I'll try and upload a file with something I recorded earlier while fooling around with a guitar. That can give you an idea how my recording method sounds.


Here is the file I promised:


This is a rather large example of how the AMT DT-2 sounds with a LTD Tele. The first few minutes are with a clean sound, until the end you hear a crunch sound. All unprocessed, that's the pure signal from the DT-2 without any effects.

I know the playing is terrible. It's just random doodling - I couldn't resist.
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Post by slowpick »

http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/plu ... er-mustang

These Mustang amps are great for using with Rakarrack, Guitarx2, Calf Plugins,
and for mixing in the amps saveable presets for exotic creations, crafted using Plug


the linux patch editor, which is now at version 1.0. Fender's windows/mac
patch editor, Fuse, is excellent, for those using multiple OS setups.
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