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tomorrowstops's picture
Scarborough, ME
Oct 2008
6 years ago

hi guys/gals!

like most of you, i have an on-going home studio project. i'm using protools le with an mbox mini. living in apartments for the past few years, i'm stuck with direct recording. i'm currently using an a/da mp-1, into an a/da micro cab, into the mbox.

what are you folks using for direct recording (guitars). list your preamp rig (if any) and your thoughts on the subject!

NoFroBro's picture
Jan 2004
10 months ago

For quick 'nasty' work I just plug my guitar staight into my Steinberg MI4 and use it's preamp with all the effects added later as VST plugins in Cubase.

Usually when I first do it I'm unimpressed, but after a 'cool down' of a week, during mixdown, I often think 'What a killer tone! What was I..." then the truth hits. Makes carefully miking up a vintage amp look pretty redundant, but I'm happier when I'm using that setup at the time. Happier player means better performance.

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MassacredHatred's picture
Jan 2004
4 years ago

I'm using a POD X3 Live connected via S/PDIF to my M-Audio sound card with cab impulses instead of POD cab sims.

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iaresee's picture
Sep 2006
1 year ago

The best setup I've hit upon to date for silent recording has been a loaded down head into a nice mic pre into a cab sim of some kind. Right now the loaded down head is my Koch using it's DI output. Previously it was a Recto-Verb to a Palmer PGA-04. I do, on occassion, miss the Palmer's full frequency output but the Koch's DI is only lightly tampered with so it's not too bad. For cab sims the Guitar Rig 3 stuff has been working well. A stereo Brit cab setup with two different mics sounds perfectly mixable.

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Fuzzhead's picture
St. Louis, MO.
Jul 2006
5 years ago

A gain-maxed mixing board. A little EQ-ing.

I'm not a simulator kind of guy. If I had one, I might use it for some demo-type things, but I'd never rely on one for a "serious" recording. Same thing goes for your fancy electric drum kits, too.

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DAVIDCOUPE's picture
May 2006
1 year ago

Originally posted by Fuzzhead
A gain-maxed mixing board. A little EQ-ing.

**** yeah!