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Questions regarding re-amping

I was interested in a recording tip that I heard about recently, that being using a DI as well as an amp for recording guitarists. You then would end up with two tracks. Thus giving youi the ability to reamp the DI track if the sound of the amped track is not exactly what you were looking for but the performance was. I am using PreSonus Firestudio as my A/D converter. I was mainly curious as to what the chain would be in this process, E.G. firestudio main out to a pedal set to an amp? Any advice regarding levels out, wiring, etc. appreciated.



RemyRAD Thu, 10/16/2008 - 08:46
This is a fun & Common occurrence these days. I've been doing it for years. You always want a live guitar amplifier for the guitarist. Especially if feedback affects from high gain conditions are a part of the sound. You use a high impedance active FET DI box to also record the guitar directly. After recording, you can simply take the output of the multitrack machine and patch that into another guitar amplifier of your choice. Now because of the level difference, you may have to include an external pad so as not to overload the guitar amplifier input from a high output line level source. Your guitar puts out much lower level. You may also have ground loop issues that can cause serious hum & buzz. The only way to eliminate that is by lifting grounds BUT BEWARE! YOU COULD CAUSE A DEADLY SHORT. You wouldn't be the first to be killed this way. The benefits can outweigh the risks by checking grounds between pieces of equipment with an AC volt meter. That being said, you can then put microphones on that amplifier and record that to an additional track. Put one microphone close & one on the other side of the room and record 2 extra tracks. Swap out a different amplifier, lather, rinse, repeat for the most beautiful full-bodied guitar hairball. Don't forget to add some time delay & call me in the morning.

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