Recommendations for Guitar Direct Recording

Discussion in 'Recording Studio' started by hbucker, Jan 30, 2017.

  1. hbucker

    hbucker Senior Member

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    I'm aware of the quality of Fractal AX8 and Axe FX, Helix, Kemper, etc. If money were no problem, I would own one of these already.

    My question is based more on what products are our there that are less expensive, have fewer features, but still give very good home studio recording results for guitar?

    Frankly, I'm looking for something cheaper than the Fractal-like units, that also gives decent, user-friendly results. Maybe less models and effects, but similar sounds for less $$.

    Is there anything like this? Or do products fall off quickly in their quality below $1,000?

    Thanks,
     
  2. spitfire

    spitfire Senior Member

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    I like Amplitube software. There are many other amp modelers you can run on a PC. You will still need an audio interface. I like the Focusrite Scarlett series.
     
  3. steelehead

    steelehead Senior Member

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    i'm old school and i do prefer a preamp system compared to software, and you can find: line 6, behringer, ada and others used on ebay and craigslist for a good price- and then add your interface-
     
  4. Joeydego

    Joeydego your mom is a nice lady V.I.P. Member

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    under helix money, you're going to be stuck with software. Or stuff years old already. Maybe a POD HD?
     
  5. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    OP, what do you use for a computer? I use my Mac with garageband. I have a simple Presonus interface ($50, used) and patch into it through a Hughes and Kettner Redbox 5. If you have a decent computer, this setup could be yours for under $200 and you can use your amp for recording.

    Here's a sample of my VOX, drenched in pedal FX.

    [SC]https://soundcloud.com/northernguitarguy/morning-sunshine-turns-to-rain[/SC]
     
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    The Avid Eleven rack is nice too, medium priced, but it sounds pretty good!
     
  7. DotStudio

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    A used Fender Mustang III v.2 can be had for ~$200, can be tweaked to pretty good results, and has XLR and/or USB line-outs.
     
  8. Stone76

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    I'm a big fan of Native Instruments' Guitar Rig 5 and been using it for home recordings with great results. And very intuitive.
     
  9. Joeydego

    Joeydego your mom is a nice lady V.I.P. Member

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    I think it has great lead tones for sure
     
  10. kfowler8

    kfowler8 Senior Member

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    I have the Two Notes Torpedo Live. I absolutely love it. You get to use all your own amps and keep their tone. It basically acts as a load box and a speaker/mic emulator. It's right at $1.000. Highly recommend.
     
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    Focusrite 2i2 USB interface with Guitar rig 5 pro . Adobe audition for mixing.
     
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    Guitar rig is great but any usb interface I've used so far has been pretty average and a lot of noise and latency issues.
     
  13. Joeydego

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    hmmmm. The problem is probably the computer, not the interface. Any modern interface should have extremely low latency and be awfully transparent.
     
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    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    I've been looking at the Two Notes. Thanks for the review!
     
  15. Joeydego

    Joeydego your mom is a nice lady V.I.P. Member

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    me too. I need SOMETHING to send direct for live, soon. I just have so many good guitars and amps coming my way the budget is waning
     
  16. cybermgk

    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Although, I think it's not quite as good as the Axe's, or the Kemper, it's pretty close, and compares well with the Helix. It can also load other IRs, and in Modelling arena, IRs are what help immensely on tone.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akDQPyc7lrk[/ame]

    $600 USD New,

    Usually $400-450 used
     
  17. LenPaul

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    Old school myself, tube pre amp with recording outs.
    You could probably pick up a used JMP1 & an ADA MP2 for a few hundred.
    Like the OP, I'd like to get into modern modelling, seems to be the thing now.
    Just the cost of entry is still a bit steep.
     

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