direct recording

Tips and Solutions

If you caught the parts one and two of this direct recording series, then you’ve seen that direct recording is all about flexibility.  It’s hard to imagine that I’ve still not mentioned the most flexible technique of all, re-amping.  Treating a direct signal with a software emulator or a plug-in will always be cool, but using outboard equipment might just be that much cooler.  Re-amping is simply the process of sending the analog output of a prerecorded digital signal into some hardware device (namely an amp or effects) and then rerecording it.  Your options will be somewhat limited by your collection of hardware, but there can be a benefit just from bringing your signal out into the analog realm.

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1 year ago
Tips and Solutions

Many budding recordists have heard the term "direct box," or even used one without really knowing what it does. Maybe you've heard that a direct box (or DI) matches the "impedance" of your devices, but you really have no idea what that means. If all you're looking for is a nice tone from your instrument into your computer, then don't fret--a strong understanding of impedance is not necessary--but, you may want a little back-story to help wrap your mind around the concept (if not, skip to the section about types).

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2 years ago