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OK so how do I make it sound good?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Plain Old Me, Nov 19, 2005.


  1. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    First, my recording setup:
    P4 CPU computer at 3.4 GHz, overclocked to about 4.
    Good graphics card, if that does anything at all :meh:
    EMU 1212
    Soundblaster Augity ZS or w/e its my card for all non-recording applications
    1 gig DDR2 533 Mhz ram
    Plenty of hard space
    Berhinger mixer
    AKG condenser mic (goes down to 20 Hz)
    OK so here is the deal. My band likes to record small demos and such (for albums we go to a studio) at my place. Anyway, I was recording from my FX unit (GT-6B) and it sounded like crap, all clipped terribly and not very full and no tone at all. I was doing a cleantone slap/pop part. When using OD and distortion on some other parts, it sounded OK but not great. When I plug my Mesa 400+ into it, I get gobs of tone and everything is great, but I don't like lugging my huge cab around. Even micing a combo didn't help. I didn't do a mixdown, so this was uncompressed I think. The sound coming from the combo and phones when I was playing sounded great. What is wrong? I'm using my pretty nice Sony surround sound system to monitor, and its fine whenever I plug my Mesa into it, but could this be the problem?
     
  2. Tash

    Tash

    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    Most likely the output of your effects unit is too hot and is clipping the signal as it goes through the DACs on your sound card. Try turning the output/master of the unit down.
     
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    A number of things could be wrong, mostly in your effects unit. Sounds like you've set your effects unit to sound good in an amp but not as a DI. You can't use the same settings for both. Adjust your settings in the GT-6 to sound good by itself.
     
  4. Tash

    Tash

    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    Didn't think of that. Does the GT6 have cabinet modeling? If so try enabling that on all the patches you intend to DI with. And tweak the EQ, gain adn output settings for each patch while your at it.
     
  5. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    I was screwing with the settings earlier. First I had it the same as I had it with the amp (by the way, this has modeling but I rarely use it) and the signal appeared too hot and the mixer clip light kept lighting. I turned the master down, but then all I really got was clicking when the mixer clipped but no real volume otherwise (you can kinda hear a little but the clipping pops kinda make that hard as well). I tried screwing with EQ as well. I know it can't be the sound card because it was working fine with drum mics and guiter (through the mixer). I tried different mixer inputs, but no luck. I'm beginning to think that maybe I just need to use my 400+... I also tried micing a smaller all SS combo. The sound coming out of it was just fine, but I still got the clipping. The miced combo was in front of the monitors, so it may have been the tweeters acting up and causing the clicks to be reinforced. It seems that whenever I turn down, my usable volume goes down while the clipping clicks sound the same... The gain on my mixer was all the way down, volume at 0 DB.
     
  6. Tash

    Tash

    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    What volume are you talking about? You need to turn down the volume coming out of the GT6.
     
  7. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    That is the volume I'm talking about.