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Tracking distorted guitar clean?

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by JohnShadow, May 31, 2007.

  1. JohnShadow

    JohnShadow Active Member

    Is it considered a valid option to track heavy and distorted guitars clean, leaving the option to choose a sound at a later date?
    Say for example you've got the riff off to a tee , but you can't find the sound
    straight the way.
    The guitarist could always hear the distorted sound for the right feel through the monitoring(or live amp), but only the clean guitar is recorded.
  2. Groff

    Groff Active Member

    Yes. You will need high quality DI box and the Reamp box. This technique is well known and long time in use.
  3. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Splt yer guitar signal and send one to the amp or POD of your choice and the other to a DI box. That way you record the clean signal and still have a distorted scratch track.

    Then re-amp the clean DI signal.
  4. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Yep I typically DI the electric guitar as well as record the amp'd guitar. I have a custom DI, but most DI's can provide 2 outputs, one for the console and one for the amp.

    It just gives a few more options.
  5. tifftunes

    tifftunes Active Member

    I too use Link's method of "printing" both, and then manipulating the clean track AFTER the talent leaves. I have just begun working with Guitar Rigg II for this purpose. Works pretty well, and "re-amping" isn't necessary!
  6. JohnShadow

    JohnShadow Active Member

    Thanks guys.
    Looks like I will be using this method for a while , whilst I'm experimenting to get the kind of sound I'm after.
    Guitar rig looks a good option, even if it only simulates a kind of sound your after, gives you something to work from.
  7. tifftunes

    tifftunes Active Member

    The guitarist in my band demonstrated Guitar Rig II for me. I was quite impressed. He and I are both VERY fussy about amp sounds. My first gear addiction was amps. I think the amp is more important to my guitar and/or bass sound than the guitar or bass!

    Just my 2 cents...

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