Prepare for re-amping

Prepare your tracks for re-amping

Make sure your instrument is in good shape. Put on new strings and check your intonation.

Record a dry track with a ”direct box” (DI box) of high quality. When you ”re-amp” a track, it´s important that the source is so clean and natural sounding as possible. If your guitar picks up hum, move it away from electrical equipment that could be the source of the hum. As CRT monitors for example.

The most common connection when recording to re-amp the signal later, is to connect:

  • The guitar to the DI-box input

    Re-Amp chain - DrHans Studio, inspelningsstudio Stockholm Haninge

    Re-Amp Chain

  • DI-box Thru output to your amp
  • DI-box balanced output to recording device (usually the sound card)

By recording this way you will be able to listen to amplifiers sound while  recording the ”dry” signal. The ”dry” guitar track will retain all the interaction that occurs between the guitar and amplifier that you would normally hear and ”feel” when playing. Such as Sustain and feedback.

This is the approach we advocate, but there are alternatives. You can also record a ”dry” track through the instrument input (HiZ) on your microphone amplifier / sound card (not line in!). You can listen trough an ampsimulator while recording.

Record at least in 24bit 44.1 kHz resolution. That resolution is the preferabled. (Maximum sample rate 32bit 96kHz). Aim at-3dB, so that the loudest peaks never exceed that threshold.

Re-amping is normally done with guitars and bass, but can be done with any source where you want a natural sound of a miced  amplifier.

Export all tracks that are to be ”re-amped” as mono files with the same starting point. We prefer files in 24bit 44.1 kHz resolution (maximum resolution 32bit 96kHz).

Create one folder per song and add the exported ”dry” tracks in them (1 song = 1 Folder, 10 songs = 10 folders). And compress them. Zip or. Rar


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