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Getting a good Dry DI guitar source recording?
Old 10th October 2008
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Getting a good Dry DI guitar source recording?

I plan on re-amping a guitar and bass track, but I want to make sure I am recording it properly on the way in..

I have an Ensemble with Hi-Z inputs (that I assume are linked up to mic preamps) so I can just plug it straight into the Hi-Z inputs on the ensemble and get it to record a good DI'd signal into the computer (should I have those inputs set to Line or Mic?)

Or, I have a JDI Passive box that I can use, then run that into the input of one of the ensemble's preamps.

Either way- do I follow standard protocol in adjusting the preamps gain so that my level peaks around -6dBFS and never clips?
Old 10th October 2008
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-6 might be a bit hot but yes.

Most people like to peak around -12 or -18 but there are no wrong answers. I don't want to start a "levels" war!

I would go the passive DI route, but I have no expierience with the HI-Z inputs of your interface.
Old 11th October 2008
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Here is a question for Ensemble owners-
When running a guitar into the Hi-Z inputs, should I set Maestro to +4, -10, or MIC for those inputs?

What about the soft-limit?
Old 14th October 2008
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When I went DI, my mic pres had to be at almost no gain (10 out of a max of 70)

So, is it better to have the guitar/bass turned all the way up and have the preamps low, or is it better to boost the preamps with the guitar volumes lower...

I would assume that the guitars want to be as loud as possible going down the line to keep the noise floor low, right?
Old 14th October 2008
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despite what others are saying, if you record too low, you will only be raising the noise floor later on. But always turn your guitar/bass to full, then adjust the preamp accordingly. I'm really not happy with what i'm getting right now which is emu 1616m with a radial j48. I'm in the market for something like a reddi or p-solo. Add a limiter and now your talkin'.
Old 15th October 2008
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Been tracking my SG and Strat DI for this project.

I like to keep the volume up on the guits and get my sound from my strip (Trident 4T). I definitely utilize the EQ and comp components of the Trident and I also put the signal through RNLA on the way in for some more character.

Can't say it's dry, though, as I don't shy away from the pedal board.
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