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Old 11th October 2015
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500 Series Guitar Interface

Hi -

I'm looking for a way to easily / quickly connect my guitar to my DAW (Ableton).

I currently have a 500 series rack with an MA5.

I'd like to plug my guitar into a DI / pre and get going ASAP. I'm mainly looking to make ambient 'non-guitar' type sounds so realism is not essential.

I was looking at the Meris 440 as it has a DI and can also be used to interface pedals during mixing, or when tracking with an amp.

Alternatively, I do have some nice boutique Vox and Fender type amps... Should I perhaps consider leaving one of these mic'd up, ready to go, and instead look into a nice ribbon mic (I already have a Heil dynamic)? (Would this even matter for ambient / ethereal type stuff?)

I've never really recorded guitar before, so would like to hear your suggestions...

Thanks
Old 11th October 2015
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Just buy a DI box and use the MA5 you already have!

From Avedis site:

"After sound evaluations of three different DI circuits using different bass and guitars for this preamp, we found that we liked the Jensen direct box transformer the best – maybe because the sound went through the mic input transformer as well. It was an immediate winner in tests and had the fullness and definition in the low frequencies we liked.

Our best advice would be for you to purchase a high quality DI, like the one made by Jensen Transformers called the ISOMAX DB-2PX. It’s actually a great value because it is a 2-CHANNEL unit, and you could also use it in the way the Line Padz works, running a Line level signal throught it as well (-22dbu of level loss so it’s going to be a bit louder than the LPZ) You could have it mounted inside your rack and wire it up to your patchbay.

We sell it for $200 each directly. Call with any questions."
Old 19th October 2015
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Originally Posted by overman View Post
Hi -

I'm looking for a way to easily / quickly connect my guitar to my DAW (Ableton).

I currently have a 500 series rack with an MA5.

I'd like to plug my guitar into a DI / pre and get going ASAP. I'm mainly looking to make ambient 'non-guitar' type sounds so realism is not essential.

I was looking at the Meris 440 as it has a DI and can also be used to interface pedals during mixing, or when tracking with an amp.

Alternatively, I do have some nice boutique Vox and Fender type amps... Should I perhaps consider leaving one of these mic'd up, ready to go, and instead look into a nice ribbon mic (I already have a Heil dynamic)? (Would this even matter for ambient / ethereal type stuff?)

I've never really recorded guitar before, so would like to hear your suggestions...

Thanks
Please feel free to contact us if you'd like more info on the 440!

-terry
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