how does reamping work?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by got no clue, Jun 7, 2005.

  1. got no clue

    got no clue Guest


    I am very experienced in the live sector but I have no clue about studio work. Once in while, we (the band I play in) record some demos. As we want to try reamping and we are not sure if we have all the equipment necessary, I looked up the POD 2.0 manual about reamping. They describe how to reamp with desks that have direct outs. We don´t have that. Can someone, although it is absolute beginner stuff, explain how to reamp? Like a basic signal stream? The POD description could not explain well to me.

    Apart from that, I thought about the following:

    Guitar>Tuner>A/B-Box>A to Amp>B to DI>

    DI XLR out>desk XLR in>FX send desk>recording track I in

    mic in front of amp> desk XLR in> FX send desk>recording track II in

    So far, I can record a dry signal to later reamp it and at the same time have wet signal for my headphone out of the recording device. But how to reamp?

    Please advise or correct. Thanks for any help in advance!
  2. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2005
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    The basic goal of re-amping is to take a signal that was recorded DI, or in a dry room and re-recording that pre-recorded signal in a way that will include capturing some natural room ambience. Here's an example:

    Say you record an upright piano in the musician's house. The room the piano is in is carpeted and has terrible acoustics. Or maybe even no acoustic qualities exist at all in that room. But you record the piano there anyway. Instead of adding reverb with an outboard processor or with a software plugin you want some real room reverb on that piano. You want authentic room ambience and reflections. You're going to have to re-record that piano in a room that has desired ambience.

    So, you take those tracks back to your studio, setup speakers in your Live Room, setup mics in the Live Room and re-record the piano tracks coming from the speakers. Only this time, you're able to capture the ambient reflections of a nice Room, or a Reverb Chamber if you have access to one.

    You use the same concept with electric guitar. If you get a great guitar track but it's recorded DI and you're not happy with just using an amp simulator plugin then you'll have to playback that track through a real guitar amp and mic the amp and re-record the track.

    That's re-amping.
  3. vividsonics

    vividsonics Guest

    What type of recording device are you using and what kinds of ins and outs do you have on that and your mixer. It will help a lot to know this so we can help you set it up.
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