Reamping Guitar

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by firestarter, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. firestarter macrumors 603

    firestarter

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    OK, I'm just looking for some opinions out there.

    I'm recording guitar into Logic, mainly sitting at the computer and getting my sounds using a Guitar Rig 4 plugin.

    I'd like to take my raw recordings and do some re-amping (since I have an Orange Tiny Terror amp, that sounds great but I can't really run at full recording volume in my house).

    My plan is to use my MacBook, USB interface and re-amp through the TinyTerror, recording the speaker back using an SM57. Latency doesn't worry me, as I can fix timing later.

    My question is... should I use a re-amping box with a transformer to hook my audio interface back into the guitar amp? Collective wisdom on the 'net seems to think that I should get a re-amp box, but I can't see why. My audio interface outputs a perfectly good unbalanced signal, I can turn it down to guitar levels and I shouldn't get ground loops, 'cos the MacBook will be on battery.

    Any comments?
     
  2. paolo- macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't used one, but I have tried reamping without the special box, sounded like crap. Basically those box treat the signal so it resembles the impedance, voltage and amperage of a guitar, not that of a line out. Your amp sounds the way you are used to with a guitar signal. Try your usb box, if it sounds good then you're good to go, I found it doesn't then you know what to do.
     
  3. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    i've reamped using a line-level signal directly from my converters. sounded fine to me.
     
  4. firestarter thread starter macrumors 603

    firestarter

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    Did you have a volume control on the output of your interface which you could turn down to a guitar level?

    I can understand why things would sound bad if you tried to do it with a line level signal. I think the impedance matching stuff is an 'old wives tale' - after all, most pedals have buffers in them, so people run low impedance stuff into amps all the time.
     

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