#1
Is there any reason guitar pedals (mainly Overdrive/Distortion/Fuzz type pedals) sound crappy if i run them straight into my audio interface? And Is there anyway to work/fix/avoid this? Ex Guitar>Fat Sandwich Distortion(this sounds like crap)> Vox Tube Compressor> Presonus Audiobox (My DAW is Studio One Artist which means no third party plugins).Also i was wondering that because S1 Artist doesnt allow third-party plugins (besides Guitar Rig 3 LE and Ezdrummer Lite) is it enough to make quality recordings or should I add a freeware DAW with freeware Efx/Virtual Instruments or something?
Last edited by frodoargon at Jul 18, 2011,
#3
as i stated my DAW doesn't support third-party plug ins but it does have Guitar Rig 3 LE and an amp/cabinet simulator
#4
There are a few things missing from your signal chain.

Instead of going guitar-pedal-computer you have to go:

Guitar - (Amp or direct input unit):

DI Unit - Audio interface - Computer
or
Amp - Microphone - Audio interface - Computer

A good DI unit is not a bad investment as it can become a part of a live rig or a studio rig. It's a great way to quickly record (or "jot down") ideas without having to mic up the amp, blah blah blah, by which time you've forgotten the riff.

DI's cost a bit of cash. Probably $200 for a cheap one.

I use a Vox VT40+ practice amp that functions both as an amp and as a DI. It's even loud enough to play with drums!

$500, but I traded for it so it came out $50 instead.

My rig is: Guitar - VT40+ - Audio Interface - Computer

Audio interfaces start at around $100. I suggest a USB unit. They can always become portable recording units whenever you upgrade. Record impromptu jams at parties and whatnot.

You're not going to drag your hundred-grand tricked-out studio out into someone's backyard barbecue are you?

"Virtually no one who is taught Relativity continues to read the Bible."

#5
First of all, pedals are designed to be run into a preamp first, then a power amp, and then colored by the speaker. Running a pedal straight into your DAW is like running a pedal straight into a PA system with no speaker emulation, it sounds like a nasty preamp signal.

You need to first, run a preamp, then use a cab loader and impulses in your DAW to emulate the power amp, speakers, and mic.
#6
Quote by Bubonic Chronic

Guitar - (Amp or direct input unit):

DI Unit - Audio interface - Computer
or
Amp - Microphone - Audio interface - Computer

A good DI unit is not a bad investment as it can become a part of a live rig or a studio rig. It's a great way to quickly record (or "jot down") ideas without having to mic up the amp, blah blah blah, by which time you've forgotten the riff.

DI's cost a bit of cash. Probably $200 for a cheap one.


Skip the DI and go straight into the interface. Any half decent interface are made to take a guitar signal without a DI. Then use amp sims in the computer and enjoy that $200 you didn't just waste.