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recording electric guitar by Direct Input

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by tonybran, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. tonybran

    tonybran Guest

    I just picked up the amp sim. program Guitar Rig for my Protools setup. I'm new to recording electric guitar by direct input, so can anyone give me any pointers?....I have a Digi 002, so do I just plug straight from the guitar into one of the 4 Digi002 input's that have a preamp?..
  2. AudioGeezer

    AudioGeezer Active Member

    That will work. A direct box into the low impedance mic would be my preference.
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    The jack inputs on the first four channels of the 002 are designated as line/DI and are specified as having a 10M input impedance, so it's OK to plug your guitar straight into one of those. You don't need a separate DI box.

    The 002 inputs are not known for their great headroom, so don't push the input levels too high.
  4. Amplitube 2, is a pretty good program for different effects pedals and amp models.

    I have the mbox 2 and I recently recorded a acoustic guitar straight in to the DI and sounds perfectly fine. I have trouble with electric though, sounds quite muddy, especially with effects
  5. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    Acoustic electric, or an acoustic with a microphone? Before I owned and electric guitar I had limited success making the acoustic sound like an electric using a microphone.

    You may have impedance problems connecting the guitar directly to the Digi unless it has an instrument/line switch like many of the Tascam and M-Audio units do. If you have a DI, then try it.
  6. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

    in your PT device manager make sure you lower your input (the one you are using) so you dont distort when you crank on loud passaged.
  7. tonybran

    tonybran Guest

    thanks everyone for the quick responses !
  8. acoustic electric ;)

    I don't think my friend would have let me stick a jack lead into his guitar if there was no input :)
  9. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    Thanks adamsapplemac ,

    Your post lacked clarity. No I didn't think you were drilling a hole in an acoustic guitar to plug in a 1/4" jack. That would be stupid. I wanted to make sure you weren't using a mic with a DI. Some people do some weird things.
  10. AllAboutTone

    AllAboutTone Active Member

    This is NEVER good, always use great external preamps instead of the preamps that are in the 002/003 etc, they are horrible.
  11. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    tonybran, you are getting mixed advice from this thread.

    Just use the 1/4" jack input on any of channels 1 - 4 of the 002. While not of the ultimate quality, the 002 pre-amps are quite adequate for what you are trying to do.
  12. StephenMC

    StephenMC Member

  13. pc131

    pc131 Member

    Do the guitar really need 10MOhm in DI?

    I had problems getting good clean sound (which is success to get any decent sound from any VST later) using my Soundcraft Compact 4 Mixer which has 0,3Mohm impedance. That was real crap in fact. The guitar sounded muddy, pickup changing wasn't making any difference.

    Then I plugged my guitar into my Hughess & Kettner 30R amp, and connected Line-Out of the effects loop in amp with PC. What a difference it made! I was amazed. Now the guitar sounded diffenent on all pickups and was sparkling on single coils.

    But why do I need 10MOhm of impedance?

  14. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Because your output wants to see it so it's electrically working at a proper level.

    How about I stick you in a 8°C room and then ask why your body wants to be at 37°C?

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