Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Guitar Recording Techniques (3)

This is my last "Guitar Recording Techniques" post. My previous two posts explain you how to records guitar sound by using hardware and software seperately.

Maybe you really like the sound that your amplifier makes but you don't have any other cabinets or mics to find another sound's character or your cabinet are too good for your old amp or anything. Be creative, why don't you combine them? We can combine hardware and software to make some powerfull guitar sounds.

So here it is:

4. Hardware and software combination, there are lots of free cabinet simulator or cabinet impulse responses on the internet, we can use them to replace our "real" cabinet. Here is the schema:

guitar -> (input)amplifier(line out) -> DI-BOX -> DAW

"If you are using a tube amp, it's very important to connect an impendance load preferably a speaker-to the direct link to cabinet output in order to prevent damage to your amp"

Records your processed (amplified) guitar signal to the DAW, and then use some cabinet simulator plugins on the DAW plugins slot. You can start finding your guitar sound from there. Don't forget to turn off your DI-BOX cabinet simulator feature and reduce the incoming signal before entering DAW soundcard to make sure you have a good level signal.


  • Natural sounding amp with more cabinet options
  • We can do it anytime & anywhere
  • More sounds possibilities
  • Need some CPU resource for cabinet simulator
  • We can't modify the "real" guitar tonal / gain character if it has been recorded
I hope you can find my three "Guitar Recording Techniques" posts usefull. Thanks for reading...

Related posts:
Guitar Recording Techniques (1)
Guitar Recording Techniques (2)
Guitar Cabinet Simulator


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