Re: [LAU] Applying effects when recording electric guitars: before or after recording?

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Date: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 11:09 am

2011/7/7 Roberto Suárez Soto :

>     So, what do the real pros (that'd be you ;-)) do? My first thought is to

I think it depends what effects you mean - if you are talking about
guitar distortion and the like, my understanding is that most pros
will mic the musician's valce amp and record whatever comes out -
using the musician's preferred signal chain/pedal board. When it
comes to effects like compression etc, these _may_ be added after the
recording - but again usually using hardware effects processors
(costing 10k plus).

When my band recorded at a professional studio, though, the
engineer/producer did add some guitar effects post-recording. It was a
quick hack-job though and I don't know if she would have done that if
we had two weeks instead of one day to record the song.

Regarding what you should do in a home environment, I think trying to
mimic the pros is a surefire way to problems - as people have already
said - recording clean and adding effects afterwards opens the way to
endless tweaking (and not necessarily a great sound). I would
recommend reading Geurilla Home Recording - the author (Bobby
Owsinski) is a big fan of getting the tracks right while they are laid
down with little post-processing (for home recording environments).

Personally I think the V-Amp2 is a great virtual amp - to my ears the
distortion is very good - probably better than the Pod series in some
aspects. If I were to try to improve my guitar sound I would probably
go and buy a physical valve amp and some pedals - but as others have
pointed out, this is an expensive route - and possibly won't get
better effects. To my ears V-Amp2 is better than guitarix (at the
moment) - seems to have more varied sounds, and less "fizzy", but
maybe that's just because of the knobs! :)

James
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[LAU] Applying effects when recording electric guitars: befo..., Roberto Suárez Soto, (Thu Jul 7, 7:58 am)
Re: [LAU] Applying effects when recording electric guitars: ..., James Stone, (Thu Jul 7, 11:09 am)
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Re: [LAU] Applying effects when recording electric guitars: ..., Philipp Überbacher, (Thu Jul 7, 10:32 am)
Re: [LAU] Applying effects when recording electric guitars: ..., Alexandre Prokoudine, (Thu Jul 7, 8:06 am)
Re: [LAU] Applying effects when recording electric guitars: ..., Roberto Suárez Soto, (Thu Jul 7, 8:53 am)