Running signal from real amp into my PC > DAW.
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Sitting in my chair within my little studio - room I have two guitar cables. The left goes into my pedal board then into the amp (JTM45 clone with a master volume) ultimately ending at a 1 X 12 cabinet. Have a few different speakers to swap in and out so I am very satisfied with the set up. One side note is there is no fx loop.
To the right is another cable which runs into the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4. This connects into the PC using Reaper as the DAW software (with numerous amp sims). Very satisfied of late the way that this setup is coming together (especially with Bias Amp 2).
The question is how can I run the sound from my real amp into the Focusrite audio device so I can hear that tone in my DAW? Would not want to mic the cab as the sound would be heard through my headphone (the real cab needs to be silent). Have a nice IR collection along with cabinet plugins so no worries with that (assuming this would work). What hardware do I need? The second part to that is would it go in as a line or plug into the back of the audio device? Looking for the most efficient way to do this.
Hope this question makes sense.
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Thx! A bit out of the budget but will get some ideas and start hardware purchase scheming if that is what it takes. Appreciate the support...
@dc42 No problem. If you didn't need to use your own IRs, there are a lot of cheaper options than that particular product.
I'm not sure if the cabinet voicing can be bypassed on these, so you might be stuck with their built in cabinet emulations, but check a few out below:
If you REALLY REALLY want to hear the power amp section of your amp in the recording, as pointed out, you'll need a load box.
In my coming on 4 decades of professional recording studio experience, I have not once, one single time, enjoyed the sound of power tube distortion, or the amp's transformer, or anything past the preamp...until Bias. I tried bypassing all the junk after the preamp section in bias, and ended up liking leaving it in better.
In my case, I'd just turn the master volume to zero and take the FX loop out of the amp so I got the preamp section, then run a free IR loader and some free IRs and call it a day.
But if you really really want that amp sound, yeah go for a load box/amp DI combo.
I wouldn't buy ANY hardware that was meant to emulate a speaker cabinet. I have a Radial X48 whatever, its ok, but not one of these devices I've ever tried beats an IR. Not even close
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Thanks for the replies! Going to take my time with this (instead of usual impulse purchase). Was looking at the Mesa cab clone but noticed some customer reviews were not the best. Not totally sure what the main problem with it was will have to re-read. The price is good.
Appreciate the support!
Because in an age of IRs the cost of a device like that leads to severe disappointment. People were blaming it for all sorts of stuff it had nothing to do with, but at the root its kind of a "hey I'll pay a lot of money for a little bit of choice, vs pay no money for an infinite choice
@pipelineaudio Unfortunately, it looks like he has no FX Loop on his amp, or that would be perfect!
I've used that Rivera for recording or a slightly different model that did the same thing, with the emulation off and it was crazy awesome. A lot for the client to pay, but he already had it for playing quieter shows, and it made my life ridiculously easy.
That said, I'd have to REALLY love my hardware amp to pay 400 bucks for that thing. But since I am a typical male with fear of commitment, I'm much happier to record the DI of the guitar and pick the amp later when it comes time to mix, and just pick from the plethora of Bias amps