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Old 1st July 2020
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Cheers man! Glad you dig the IR's.

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Originally Posted by akarawd View Post
What are in your experience the best DI box/ preamp & reamp box for tracking metal rhythm guitars ?
Well, I haven't tried everything on the market, but I'm happy with a Radial JDI with Jensen transformer for my Di duties, and I'm using the active X-amp from the same company for re-amping. I choose something clean for my Di box preamp, like an Amek CIB. I always choose my best AD (usually Forsell) for this too, since a Di might be heavily distorted when reamped, and thus revealing a poor s/n ratio.

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How do you deal with the boomy guitar resonance around B or so while tracking (so before any processing) ?
When I set the sound, I make sure it can handle the lowest chugging that might take place on the album. It's quite irritating if you have a sound set, and then reach a part where something is distorting in an unpleasant way. But I don't do anything dynamically. I use my best possible mic positioning and blend, and then a touch of EQ, and perhaps some other gear for transformer sound. I never compress distorted rhythm guitars, at least not on the way in. If it's rock/punk oriented, I might run it through an LA3 ever so slightly.
And for the mic positioning, I can definitely recommend trying a product for remote controlled mic position. I use Dynamount myself since the moment they hit the market.

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Originally Posted by akarawd View Post
How far from the final product is the raw micked up guitar sound ? Have you ever found that just a touch of eq is all that is needed ?
I tend to think it's pretty close to the final sound when I do it. However, it's not until the rest of the mix comes into place that you can really tell. And at that point, I would do whatever I need to do EQ wise, or try to re-amp if necessary.

50% of the time I would stick to the original sound though (usually with some EQ mod), even if I favour the frequency response I'm getting from a slightly modified sound through re-amping. There is always something lost when the Di has to go through impedance shifts and AD/DA conversions, compared to plugging the guitar straight into the amp. In fact, back in the day I would avoid using a Di for that reason: it degrades the signal a bit. These days I'm a bit more practical. The ability of having a tuner connected (I put it on a feed from the DAW to avoid parallel connections before AD), the visual aid a Di brings, and the safety backup in being able to reamp outweighs the drawbacks.