Splitting a Signal

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Doublehelix, Jun 25, 2002.

  1. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    I am interested in recording 2 tracks at once from a guitar...one would be from a mic in front of a speaker, and one would just go direct into the system. (I am tracking into a computer using Cubase SX.)

    I am thinking that I could split the guitar output, and send one line to the guitar amp imput (which is mic'ed), and one directly into one of the hi-z inputs on my PreSonus mic pre, which in turn would go directly into the computer and to "tape". I can then manipulate the clean signal in a number of ways if I so desire.

    My question is:

    If I split the guitar output (hi-z), will that detract from either of the signals? Can I just use a Y-cable, or do I need some form of specialized splitter that amplifies each signal? I know it will work with a Y-cable, so more specifically then, what is the *best* way to do this, with the least possible degredation in signal?.

  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Splitting the guitar signal will not be an issue..it's not going to reduce the impedance that much...if you want to you can put a resistor in line which will help in that case...what the value of that resistor would be I don't know..I would have to do some specs over here at Apogee land and figure it out...but there's no need for it to be honest.. "Y" cable it baby! lol
    Opus :D
  3. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    OK...I just bought a good-quality Y-cable today rather than attempt to make one...it is soooo much easier and safer in the long run. I'll let you know how it works!

    I am trying to get both signals into the computer so that I can process one with my Nigel amp simulator (on the UAD-1 card), and have one signal from my amp. This allows me to mix and match the sounds at will.
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