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August 08, 2011

Re-Amping with Pro Tools 9

Written by Ryan L'Esperance

 

    Hey Everybody! Ryan here, with a cool new tip for all you prospective studio peeps out there. Ever been inspired to put down that EPIC guitar lick or that funk-tastic bass line, but don’t have the time or space to set up mics and get that killer tone? Or perhaps you live in a place where making loud sounds is just not an option? Well never fear, the Lennon Bus guys are here to deliver a quick and easy way to capture those in the moment performances without the hassle. This clever little concept is called “re-amping.” The principal is simple enough. Just plug your guitar, bass, or really anything with a pickup in it, and plug it into the instrument input on your Mbox or a standard DI box. Utilizing Pro Tools, record that shredding guitar solo you’ve been waiting so long to capture,  and lock it in with that good ol’ “save” button we all know and love.
Now that your performance is in the can, or box, you can take it anywhere you want, let’s use your friends basement for this example.  It’s here where you can properly set up mics and crank that puppy! So you want to experiment with guitar tone?  Just Re-amp! It’s easy! Re-amp devices come in many different shapes, sizes, and costs. The whole concept is to take a signal coming out of your interface, which is line level and low impedance, and make it the instrument level or the high impedance signal that the guitar amp is looking for.
There are lot’s of great products out there, but for this demo, the DIY re-amp trick on a budget will do just fine. A good set up to use is a standard mic cable and an adapter that takes a Low Z (low impedance,) balanced signal and converts it to a Hi Z, unbalanced signal that you can plug into a guitar amp. You can pick one of these bad boys up at your local radio shack. So thats the concept, but how do you connect this whole set up? Just assign your guitar track output to one of the audio interface’s individual outputs, take a cable, and connect your Re-amp device. Hit play on the computer, and your raw guitar part now plays out of the amp. Once you’ve connected your Mbox to your guitar amp, using the Re-amp device, set up your mics and get the tone you want. Again in PT you will want to set the output of your direct guitar track to the physical output of the interface, and connect that output directly to your amp. Create new mic channels in PT and once your tone is set, hit record, sit back and watch it go! You can repeat this step as many times as you like, changing tones or amps and your performance will remain the same. Works great for layering guitars too! I recommend experimenting with this one, using whatever space you may have to play with different amp levels and mic set ups as well. And remember kids…. Practice make proficient.

Sincerely,

Dr. Profesperance

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