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  • Stefano Morabito

Tips for recording guitars or bass at home:

Updated: Oct 30, 2018

A) YOUR CHAIN:

Guitar, cable, audio interface:


-Connect your guitar to the cable and to the HI-Z/INSTRUMENT/HIGH IMPEDANCE input of your audio interface

- Lower your driver settings (buffers or latency) to the minimum possible

- keep your project as simple as possible, to lower the CPU load as much as possible, just drums (preferably freezed) and the instrument you are about to record. Load an amp simulator on the track, such as Guitar rig or better, Ignite amps NRR1 or EMISSARY, (with a convolution cab simulator) and check the "echo on" or "live" box, so you can hear what you are playing, while recording, processed through the amp simulator, while really recording "clean guitars".

- do not distort the signal, use the volume on the AUDIO INTERFACE to have a good but undistorted signal.

VIDEO TUTORIAL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhv9rHUfHFk


B) YOUR CHAIN:


Guitar, cable D.I. AUDIO INTERFACE


- same reccomendations as before, but you go straight into the D.I. with your cable, and you exit XLR from your D.I.

- connect the XLR cable out of the D.I. to the audio interface's MICROPHONIC input

- same reccomendations as before.

- do not distort the signal, use the volume on the AUDIO INTERFACE to have a good but undistorted signal.

- ADVISED DI BOX: RADIAL J48

- VIDEO TUTORIAL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhv9rHUfHFk


C) YOUR CHAIN:


Guitar, cable, KEMPER, 2 cables, AUDIO INTERFACE

- connect your guitar to the input and the kemper to the main out of the kemper to the audio interface, then the DIRECT OUTPUT from the kemper to the other in of the audio interface

- dont worry about latency or buffers, set it to a value that makes your CPU confortable

- open two tracks on the DAW. the first one will be amped throug the kemper, the other one will be the DRY guitar.

- MUTE the DRY track, so you can hear, (and play) just the "amped" track, while recording the "DRY" guitar.

- from now on act just as you are recording normal guitars, you hear distorted guitars, meanwhile you are recording clean guitars. same goes for other amp simulators.

- do not distort the signal, use the volume on the AUDIO INTERFACE to have a good but undistorted signal.

VIDEO TUTORIAL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYyzUDCmG3Y


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