External Audio Recording

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Member Since: Sep 12, 2010

Hi. So I've been recording my guitar, bass, keys, ect. into FL studio through this little audio interface I have. I have no problems recording it, but my guitar never sounds "right". It sounds mostly clear, and you can hear each note and chord just fine, but it just sounds off when played with Fl studio made drums/melodies.

I don't really know how to explain it. I guess you could say my guitar sounds really lo-fi when compared to the clearness of the drums and stuff I make using only Fl Studio.

What is wrong? Do I need to add certain effects Please help.

(the audio interface I am using is a cheap 50 dollar toneport GX from line 6, if that helps at all)

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MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
Since: Aug 05, 2008

Sep 13, 2010 01:22 am

Guitar ---- Electric? Acoustic? Direct? Mic'd? Clean? Dirty?

Rather difficult to get a "natural" sounding (okay, 'natural' probably isn't the best term) guitar without mic'ing it up. With electrics, we're used to hearing amplifiers (the speakers have at least as much to do with the character of the sound as the amplifier selection itself). With acoustics, we're used to hearing distance and the reaction of the space.

Since: Sep 12, 2010

Sep 13, 2010 03:17 am

My guitar is electric and I have it plugged into my audio interface, which is plugged into my computer via USB.

So what your saying is, my guitar is never going to sound more organic and clear unless I record it through a mic & an amp? I hate this lo-fi sound I get from my electric! When I plug in and record with my electric/acoustic guitar, it sounds soo much more clear. It sounds much better with the programmed instruments. I don't understand why my electric guitar sounds masked by an undefinable sound.

Typo Szar
Since: Jul 04, 2002

Sep 13, 2010 06:52 am

not necessarily mic'd n amp'd alot of the amp emulation out there is really up to scratch, ppl around here love Line 6 Amp Farm type stuff, me personally i am really into the new Amplitube, 3. Check out demos online, ull see.

Since: Dec 04, 2007

Sep 13, 2010 11:48 am

I just wanted to add in that there are some nice freeb options as well. Native Instruments Komplete 7 freebie bundle has some things from Guitar Rig 4 included, and Acme Bar Gig has Shred 1.06 which is a very configurable amp/cab simulation.

In FL Studio, throw one of those VST into the FX slot on the guitar track, and tweak the settings to your liking. You might like what you hear.

I can get some fairly nice sounds using VST instruments and effects, but it's nothing like having a real guitar player of course. (I do have an acoustic laying around, and my wife has a classical guitar, but haven't had a chance to get back into learning how to play...might have to make myself some time.)

You could also try mic'ing the cab for the best result, or you could try running the output from the cab to the interface. Might need a direct box for that though, I think.

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