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Re: How do you record electric guitar?
« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2018, 05:12:46 PM »
Lol either “over” or “under” lol

Like I said I really didn’t find anything wrong with the guitar tone itself.....but don’t forget the ambient sound you get from either micing the amp or using an amp sim.....some room reverb added after the fact also works wonders..... touch of delay or chorus is good for camouflaging dodgy tone or dodgy playing too 😜 #beentheredonethat

It’s always good to keep in mind what makes a tune sound like it does coming out your speakers..... if you record dry, it’ll come back to you slightly less dry because your speakers and the room will add a little before it hits your ears, but it’ll still be dry if you recorded it  that way and didn’t “colour” it......
Experiment.....it’s the only way to find what you like....

My stuff is littered with “if only I was a better player” lol
Just remember you don’t need a whole pile of expensive gear or software to do amazing things....


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Re: How do you record electric guitar?
« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2018, 05:46:55 PM »
I see. My apologies to your friend.  (!:)

No worries.  :D

I'm still going to call him a prick but that's just what guy friends do.   ;D

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Re: How do you record electric guitar?
« Reply #17 on: February 27, 2018, 06:17:33 PM »
No worries.  :D

I'm still going to call him a prick but that's just what guy friends do.   ;D

So THAT'S why G is always calling me that.....  ;D
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Re: How do you record electric guitar?
« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2018, 06:22:09 PM »
All good stuff.  Amp speaker size matters a bunch tome.  12" works.  FX like verb & delay & OD etc can make a huge difference in what you hear going in.  It's a huge difference to me playing thru an interface into a vst as opposed to playing thru a miced amp. 
The amp interacts with the instrument like it should & gives a great feel.  But going straight into the box using a vst/sim instead gives you arguably more ability to fine tune.  No reason you can't combine the two.   Personal pref.  I like to hear what's going in on the trackl as I'm playing it (with fine adjustment in editing (lots).  Some record clean & add color after the fact.  Sticking a Tube Screamer or Fulldrive 2 in the front end can work magic.  Verbs, delays & modulations go better in the effects loop if you have one, else, sparingly in the front.  And if you are experimenting, it's cheaper to look at Ebay & some of the Chinese clones (Joyo & Moore are ones that I've had good experience with).  Fulltone has great deals on their site on 2nds.  Fulltone

Lotta good amp sims out there too.  Smurf listed a good freebie link.  I like a few that , while nor all free, can be had for cheap during sales & work well:
(Somewhere around here we hace a list of resources but...)

  Good free collection.  Lots of choices in purchasing.

IK Multimedia Amplitube  Free & pay.  Some system requirement restrictionis
Nick Crow Labs
LePou Plugins
Kuassa Amplification  freebie & pay versions

Don't worry about the artifacts that are noticeable on the takes.  All tracks have a degree of mechanical noise (like mine).  Listen to takes of James Jamerson bass lines.  Lots of background artifacts.  Gives the piece humanity.  And what's there gets better with practice.

A good interface & mic & cords & such help a lot.  Bon chance.

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Re: How do you record electric guitar?
« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2018, 09:28:10 AM »
For the February ODC, I tried to add some electric guitar to a song.  There are a LOT of problems with that recording that we aren't really going to discuss here.

My specific question is how do you record electric guitar?

Though I own an electric guitar, a cheap Squier strat knockoff and practice amp, I'm not really looking to be an electric guitar virtuoso. I don't need a great live performance rig.  For that recording, all I did was plug the electric straight into my usb interface and added some minor distortion in the DAW.  Consequently, it sounds like crap.  Yes, there are many issues with my playing / tuning and I'm going to work on that.

What would be a decent, not too expensive way to get a better recording?

I'll paraphrase what I wrote in the Shoutbox.

There are two main ways I've recorded electric guitar - one is plugging my guitar into my interface via an multi-effects pedal, which gets reasonable results.  The one I've been using more recently is plugging my guitar straight into my interface and using an amp simulator plugin which was bundled with my DAW.  I like this method, mainly because the amp sim bundled with my DAW has a good number of presets and most of them sound great.  Plus, there's the option of fiddling with the presets as well to give further flexibility on the sound.

Which DAW do you use?  It may worth checking what is bundled with it, as you may be surprised what is available to you.  I didn't even realise amp sims were a thing until relatively recently, and I wish I'd found out about them sooner!

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Re: How do you record electric guitar?
« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2018, 02:39:09 PM »
I realize this is an older post, but I thought I would chime in. I use DI for guitars and bass, including electric (though I'm mostly acoustic). I run the guitar straight into the interface and use an amp simulator. Personally, I use Guitar Rig 5. It works well for my needs and came as part of a midi package I purchased last year.

I just generally play around with different amps and effects until I find the sound I am looking for.  For me, the electric is more background than lead. I try to use it sparingly, though I rarely succeed. For the rare instances when I use an electric in any kind of lead, I generally shoot for something like what you might find on a Gordon Lightfoot song. Take a close listen to Baby Step Back or Sundown as a good example. Nothing too flashy, just good solid tones.

I'm fairly new to all this, so take anything I recommend with a grain of salt.
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