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struggling to record/play electric guitar compared to a commercial studio

hey guys I have recently been doing some recording at home with my line 6 Ux2, and have been struggling to get good guitar tones with my real fender/vox/orange amps, and get better tones and performances out of the line 6 amp farm direct sound.

Here and in the studio I was using 1 sm57, and in the studio my friend who was working the session was not as diligent with mic placement and got far superior tones through the phones/monitors instantly. they sat better in the mix, and as a play i felt more comfortable playing.

The main thing besides better converters was that we were using ISA 428, I have been looking at the ISA 1, I read a lot of the preamp will not make a 100 percent difference, but is it possible that hte ux2 preamps are of such consumer quality that an ISA one would make all the difference?


RemyRAD Sat, 07/23/2011 - 01:31
Sometimes the issue could simply be the polarity of the headphones/monitors. Sometimes polarity can be confused with phase. But there is an intrinsic difference in the auditory perception of the two. Some of these variables happen because each piece of equipment and their respective manufacturer all have the proper way they believe some designs should be initiated. They're not all the same. So better isn't necessarily better, better is just different. And it's all in what you want to hear that matters most. While I love the top-of-the-line equipment that I own, I still listen to and enjoy recordings I made in 1970, on the consumer 1/4 track 1/4 inch Sony reel to reel, and with built-in unbalanced microphone inputs. And the overall sound was complemented by 2 differently aged, Electro--Voice 636 Slim Aire, Omni directional dynamic microphones. Even recording the singer on the included $3.98 Sony dynamic cardioid microphone with homemade passive 3 input mixer, all loaded down together. Would you like to hear it? I always laugh when I listen because I made when I was 14 and I still can't believe how good it sounds. And unlike yourself, I am not a beginner anymore since I've been practicing at this for about 42 years. So, what I'm trying to say is, it ain't the gear, it's the circumstances. And so, sometimes people have also removed transformers from SM57's for a different tonality, different flavor. The way the amplifier feeds the headphone. All of these causes perceptual differences that can be quite disconcerting. That's why equipment is as personal as your underwear.

I'm not wearing any
Mx. Remy Ann David