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Tips & Techniques:Elec Gtr - You've Got The Best Pedal And Don't Know It!

Hey Everyone,

This is not some ground breaking trick, just something a lot of people forget they have.

When recording electric guitars, a lot of guitarists use pedals for distortion, overdrive or input boost. I like using a good studio D.I. (which I am sure most of you have) as a booster to the input of the amp. Most studio D.I.'s are better then the 9-volt pedals people bring in and you get a great "wow" factor from the clients. I like the Avalon U5 for this application since it has a hi-cut and bypass tone knob that sometimes gets used, and sometimes doesn't. So you can color the tone/eq or leave it pretty flat. It really works nice, even with clean tones. I don't like to boost it too much, but a little bit goes a long way in making the sound more "in your face" from the speaker source. Most good D.I.'s will do the job. Great wow factor without forcing any change in their sound. It can also help make "cheaper sounding" amps sound "more expensive."

It can also be used to boost the level of an effect hitting the input of an amp. Put it after a wah-wah and get a nice "White Room" kind of sizzle to the wah. Put it after an old tube echoplex with the echo on off for the color and boost the echoplex's mojo going in. Hitting the input of an amp harder can bring all kinds of magic. It is fun, try it if you haven't already. " class="inlineimg" />
Created by 84K, 18th February 2008 at 07:22 AM
Last edited by mw, 27th March 2012 at 03:05 PM
Last comment by elan on 4th January 2010 at 04:40 PM
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Old 15th March 2008
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This trick sounds cool, but I don't understand how the DI boosts the signal from the guitar unless going line out.

84K, how are you boosting the signal using just a DI? None of my DI's have a volume pot. There's only an attenuator to turn down the signal, and a pad.

Are you using the DI line out into the amp?
Old 2nd May 2009
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I'd love some clarification on this too. How is it implemented?
Old 4th January 2010
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and also there are impedance problems.. a guitar is around 500k while a di has 10k

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