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Re-Amplifying Guitars for a Great Sound!

Re-amplification is the process of running a signal through a second amplifier after the guitar has been recorded. This allows one to develop a wide range of sounds and effects for the guitar track. Exchanging amplifier sounds and tweaking microphone settings represent only a couple of the advantages of re-amplification. It also provides a guitarist and engineer with editing options that provide much more flexibility than the initial live recording can ever offer.

A common way to achieve re-amplification is by using a Direct Input (DI) box to record the guitar performance “dry” while the guitarist uses his effects and amp for monitoring the sound only. This allows the guitarist to give a performance with an inspired sound with which s/he is familiar. Later, during editing, the edited track can be re-amped.  At this point of post-production, one can add effects that fit the track, creating a more unique guitar sound. --John Sase
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