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Help!? Recording Guitar

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by ab2490, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. ab2490

    ab2490 Guest

    Hi Everyone,

    This is my first post/question to the forums and I'm excited to be here. I just bought the Ediroal UA-4FX USB Audio Capture (24 bit 96khz). It has one standard 1/4" input and one XLR mic input. In the 1/4", I've plugged in my Mackie DFX-6 Live Sound Mixer (I'm aware its not the best for home recording, but its better than my Behringer Power Amp as a preamp).

    I primarily record guitar and vocals. I'm having an issue with recording my guitar though. On my Peavey Bandit 112 amplifier, there's an output (not quite headphone, b/c sound still comes out of the amp, but similar). I route my guitar signal into the Mackie, and then from the Mackie to the Edirol.

    I dont like recording my guitar directly into the mixer/Edirol because it loses the girth and warmth that the amp power gives it. I also can't plug the amp straight into the Edirol because the the gain is just through the roof for some reason.

    So, my issue: when recording my guitar, I have found a healthy setting with no peaks in combination with the edirol/mackie/peavey and it sounds good, but occasionally I'll strum my guitar a certain way (not quite sure how, a little harder I guess), and it will just click and peak on the recording. I've strummed it harder and other times it won't happen, its mostly just in the middle of playing. It makes an unbearable click. On the Mackie, a little orange light comes up that signals "level set" whenever the click comes out. What does that mean? Can I avoid this problem if I mic'd my guitar amp? If so, what's an inexpensive mic that would do the job for me?

    Finally, last question. I have 2 dynamic mics, but I'd like to record percussive and wind instruments. Should I get a condenser mic to record these?

    Is there a mic that could solve all of my problems?

    Thanks for all of your help.
  2. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Do you mean the yellow led by the fx knob?

    Might be clipping the FX.
  3. ab2490

    ab2490 Guest

    nope. the LED lighting up is next to the gain knob and it says "level set"

    I have my gain turned down pretty low since the guitar amp provides plenty. I also don't want to have to turn down my amp or else it loses any power than I can already barely give it without driving my neighbors downstairs crazy.
  4. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oops, I didn't see that on the manual.
    That mixer does not have a solo function. The Level Set LED represents unity gain.

    You said it will "click and peak on the recording".
    When the click happens, does the OL (overload) LED next to the fader light up?

    If so, you're gonna have to turn the gain on the Mackie down a bit more, or turn it down on the Peavy (the 1/4" out has a separate gain control on it, doesn't it?).

    What dynamic mics do you have?
  5. ab2490

    ab2490 Guest

    The OL LED does not light up when the orange light turns on.

    My guitar amp does not have a separate gain control although I could turn it down a 1/4 step (but I'm already at "1" volume level so I lose any power I may have had")

    Dynamic Mics: Audio Technica Proformance series P615 Cardoid Lo-Z Dynamic
  6. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Throw one of those AT mics in front of it, record with that instead, that should give you better results.

    Keep your gain under control on the mixer - you should be alright.

    If you get a chance, invest in some SM57s.
  7. MrJulius

    MrJulius Guest

    You can get an SM57 for 60-70$ on the 'Bay
  8. Lastrovia

    Lastrovia Guest

    So do you want to DI the amp?
    or are you using a capacitor mic?
  9. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member


  10. Lastrovia

    Lastrovia Guest

    bent, whats is up eith you?

    Do you actuly have a studio/ do you use it?


    do you sit in here all day bieng a nob?
  11. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    I'm assuming that English is not your native language or you have one of those keyboards that puts in whatever letter it wants to.

    I too was unsure of your post about DI'ing the guitar when I think it was fairly clear that was what he was trying to do, though not very well....And what, exactly, is a capacitor mic?

    Perhaps its a language thing again or theres something new out there that I should have for my own use.

    Also.....get a few hundred more posts and get to know folks before you go calling them out......
  12. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Do yourself a huge favor.

    Click the "www" link in Bent's profile and answer your own question.

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