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Splitting a Signal

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Doublehelix, Jun 25, 2002.

  1. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Distinguished Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    I am interested in recording 2 tracks at once from a guitar...one would be from a mic in front of a speaker, and one would just go direct into the system. (I am tracking into a computer using Cubase SX.)

    I am thinking that I could split the guitar output, and send one line to the guitar amp imput (which is mic'ed), and one directly into one of the hi-z inputs on my PreSonus mic pre, which in turn would go directly into the computer and to "tape". I can then manipulate the clean signal in a number of ways if I so desire.

    My question is:

    If I split the guitar output (hi-z), will that detract from either of the signals? Can I just use a Y-cable, or do I need some form of specialized splitter that amplifies each signal? I know it will work with a Y-cable, so more specifically then, what is the *best* way to do this, with the least possible degredation in signal?.

  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Splitting the guitar signal will not be an issue..it's not going to reduce the impedance that much...if you want to you can put a resistor in line which will help in that case...what the value of that resistor would be I don't know..I would have to do some specs over here at Apogee land and figure it out...but there's no need for it to be honest.. "Y" cable it baby! lol
    Opus :D
  3. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Distinguished Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    OK...I just bought a good-quality Y-cable today rather than attempt to make one...it is soooo much easier and safer in the long run. I'll let you know how it works!

    I am trying to get both signals into the computer so that I can process one with my Nigel amp simulator (on the UAD-1 card), and have one signal from my amp. This allows me to mix and match the sounds at will.

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