Direct ( POD ) guitar recording question!

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by Roswell-CS, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. Roswell-CS

    Roswell-CS Guest


    I've been recently recording a band who has 2 guitarists.
    It's a home studio so we record the guitars through a LINE 6 POD 2.0 direct into an MBOX.

    At the moment i've been recording each guitar part mono ( just with one cable ), and panning the one guitarist hard left and the other guitarist hard right.

    Yet this sounds thin to me, in each speaker.

    I'm wondering if it would be a better idea to record each guitar part in Stereo and then pan each stereo guitar part hard to the left and right?

    Any suggestions?

  2. Do you create separate sessions spun off the main session?
    When I mix an instrument it has it's own session. From there you can duplicate and divide, do what ever you want up to 32 tracks.
    Play around with delays and reverb, filtering and blending the guitar with the bass.

    I think recording in stereo is cool but might only help you a little in the stereo field of the entire mix.
  3. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    I usally save those hard pans for delicate instruments like strings, pads and flutes.

    try 10:00/ 2:00 pan for the guitars.

  4. Vince Jaeger

    Vince Jaeger Guest

    What this man said.
  5. wayout

    wayout Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    I used to think that hard panning was the sh*t for guitars but dont do it as much anymore...
    Anyway, I dont think that POD tracks in stereo panned mono sound very good. I ended up seperating the stereo track and just used the right side channel.
    No point in doing stereo if you are going for the hard pan in my opinion.

    Jason L
  6. Roswell-CS

    Roswell-CS Guest

    10:00 and 2:00 hey?

    Is that how they usually pan 2 guitars these days?

    I thought that would sound too close to the middle..

    Cause I thought on most commercial recordings i hear one guitar in the far right and the other in the far left... unless my ears are just playing tricks on me.

    I guess it doesnt hurt to try!
  7. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Actually what you're hearing today is about 4 guitars panned hard left and 4 panned right.

    The key to really big sounding guitars is multiple tracks. Turn the distortion down a bit first, and it'll stack up nicely.
  8. jschroeck

    jschroeck Guest

    another way to go about it, if you have the space and a decent amp is to combine the direct pod tracks with the amp overdubs. you get the best of both worlds, the amp helps fill out the basis sounds from the POD.
  9. RAIN0707

    RAIN0707 Guest

    Or do what most commercial cds do...2 tracks (separate takes, separate amp settings) panned about 70% left and 2 tracks panned about 70% right send each to a crossing delay called a metheny delay. Send the left takes to a delay on the right side and the right takes to a delay on the left side...throw a high pass filter across both and you'll have a thick, wide guitar sound with good natural ambience - i just picked up on this trick from a guy at another forum and it has made a world of difference.

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