recording source effects vs adding after in the mix

Discussion in 'Mixing' started by steppingonmars, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. steppingonmars

    steppingonmars Active Member

    Brandon, MB Canada
    Hi there

    I've got a band coming in to record this weekend. The one guitar player I think would like to use his delay pedal as opposed to me adding delay in the mix. What issues am I going to run into here with compression etc? I know the one drawback will be the mono delay. I'm recording this band live and I have only 8 channels so re-amping is not an option


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  2. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    Cincinnati, OH
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    Seeing as we're already in the middle of "this weekend" I might be too late, but I'll offer anyways.

    First, is the link a demo of the band? If not, what's the band? 2 guitars? guitar and keys?
    Second, if it all has to be recorded live (and quickly?), do you have a ton of time to mix in the delay at the guitarists' discretion?

    Barring answers to those questions, go with your gut.
  3. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Blacksburg, VA
    There are exceptions, of course, but to me a guitarist's pedals and effects are a part of his/her sound. Record it the way it is made. The one exception to this is volume. I will try to get a loud guitarist to turn down. Other than that I usually go with the sound they have worked on.
  4. albatrocity

    albatrocity Guest

    I say it depends on how important the delay is to the song. If it's a slap-back delay or something to add texture, I'd track it in through the amp.

    When the delay is meant to be precise and on beat is where you might want to do it as post effects. You can always use the same pedal afterwards as an aux return. Same with stereo pedals; if there aren't two amps involved, you might run it as an aux and record it in while tracking. That way the guitarist hears it the way he's used to hearing it, but you've got it separated out in case you need to scrap it later.

    Guideline: don't make the guitarist feel disoriented by removing his own effects.

    (end opinion)
  5. steppingonmars

    steppingonmars Active Member

    Brandon, MB Canada
    well I recorded them with efx and it worked out well. I made sure there was a fair amount of dry in the guitar though, maybe I post them later if it's ok with the band
  6. planet10

    planet10 Active Member

    Chicago area
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    nothing sounds better than great guitar pedals thru a great amp. there is something about the interaction of the pickup to the pedal to the amp, that you will never get with an outboard or a plugin (notice i put the outboard gear first) even old batteries that are carbon and not alkaline make a pedal sound better.
    track the guitarist with HIS GEAR.....

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