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silent recording

Postby greenmario » Sun May 13, 2018 4:21 pm

Wise and good people of ILF, does anyone do silent recording (direct, might be the word). Was thinking of something I could put after my amp (load box?) and run that to my USB interface for my computer. I have an Apogee ONE for a USB interface and do most demos with Garageband. Would be extra sweet if this theoretical box I'm after could attenuate and let me get some amp break up, but not a must. When I run my pedals into the Apogee ONE it all sounds super harsh and not my bag. Any help appreciated, even telling me I'm a dingus and this has been discussed a bunch of times.
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Re: silent recording

Postby Nateispro » Sun May 13, 2018 5:38 pm

I have a baby on the way and needed to get used to silent recording. I picked up a two notes captor. It's a load box and has a Balanced and Unbalanced output to send to a mixer or computer interface. Depending on your amp is what ohm load you should get. They offer it in a 4 8 and 16 Ohm load. It has a built in speaker emulator but I am not a fan of it. It's easier to use speaker IR's to simulate a cab and sounds much better IMO. I hope this helps some!
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Re: silent recording

Postby greenmario » Sun May 13, 2018 9:27 pm

Nateispro wrote:I have a baby on the way and needed to get used to silent recording. I picked up a two notes captor. It's a load box and has a Balanced and Unbalanced output to send to a mixer or computer interface. Depending on your amp is what ohm load you should get. They offer it in a 4 8 and 16 Ohm load. It has a built in speaker emulator but I am not a fan of it. It's easier to use speaker IR's to simulate a cab and sounds much better IMO. I hope this helps some!


I checked this out and it looks like it could be perfect. Sounds like I could get speaker IRs through Wall of Sound that work with Garageband. Are you liking it so far? Do you wish there were other attenuator options than -20db or 0?
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Re: silent recording

Postby DrMabuse » Wed May 16, 2018 8:10 am

Yamaha THR10 is worth a look for low/no volume as well. If you use it as an audio interface, you can record the amp'd signal on one track and the dry on another. The amp sounds aren't bad, and they've worked better for me than running a string of pedals into an interface. Run the dry (pedal only) signal into one of the virtual amps in Garageband and mix in to taste.

It's also a great little practice amp at low volume and can run off batteries. Run your phone into the aux input with a drum machine app, find someone busking Jack Johnson covers on an acoustic, and siphon off all their listeners with your sweet techno-doom.
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Re: silent recording

Postby coldbrightsunlight » Thu May 17, 2018 4:19 pm

I do a lot of direct recording, just guitar - interface.

Add a cab (and amp, if that's your thing) simulator VST to the recording. This simulates the cab frequency response (and the pre/power amp if you want) which removes the harshness of direct to recording pre-amp guitar. I do plenty of stuff like this that I'm perfectly happy with for records.
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Re: silent recording

Postby voerking » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:40 pm

coldbrightsunlight wrote:I do a lot of direct recording, just guitar - interface.

Add a cab (and amp, if that's your thing) simulator VST to the recording. This simulates the cab frequency response (and the pre/power amp if you want) which removes the harshness of direct to recording pre-amp guitar. I do plenty of stuff like this that I'm perfectly happy with for records.


also, these tracks could later be re-amped, if desired.

i like doing this less because i can't make loud noises, but because i despise pedal clicking sounds (my space is small, so i can't effectively isolate the amp from the room where i'm clicking switches), so i record things direct, then send them out to a mic'd up amp before mixing.
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Re: silent recording

Postby coldbrightsunlight » Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:39 pm

Yeah I'd quite like to get into re-amping. Definitely in my mind.
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Re: silent recording

Postby moid » Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:33 pm

I often record a dry track and play that back into different pedal setups / settings and record each one and then blend between them in the DAW to get the exact sound I want. I rarely record from my amplifier because I don't have great microphones and my amplifier is nothing amazing. Seems to work for my son and I, but most of our recordings aren't fiercely intense rock music.
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