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  • Reamping Software Synths

    Posted by Jesse Lewis on at 3:07 pm

    Hi Mix Geniuses!!!

    I have a question and I’m wondering what ideas you all might have!

    I have a very nice Princeton reverb tube guitar amp and a reamp box and I’d like to reamp (mic my guitar amp) my arturia mini moog midi to take it out of the midi/digital realm and give it more of an analog vibe…

    1. Is this a good amp to capture the tonal and frequency response of this particular synth? Can it capture the bass of a mini moog?

    2. If I have effects on the midi tracks (reverb/delay/etc) would it be better to take those off while reamping and then add them back on to the audio tracks after?

    I’m curious to hear any ideas or thoughts! Thanks in advance!

    Best,

    Jesse

    Dana Nielsen replied 7 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Dana Nielsen

    Administrator
    at 4:27 pm

    Ooh, love this idea, @JLEW! Can’t wait to hear the sounds you create during your reamp extravaganza! ⚡️⚡️ Here are a few thoughts:

    • It might be difficult to reproduce massive Moog-y sub-y low-end through anything less than an 8×10 cab, lol. Kidding aside … when re-amping things, I’m not always looking for an accurate reproduction from the amp. I’m usually looking for something different from the direct sound … something creative, interesting, mangled, distorted, etc. Often times, I’m hoping to create (or stumble upon) something cool that I can combine, to taste, with the original source. With that in mind, your Princeton will be sick!

    • You could let the direct sound (the MIDI/Softsynth in your DAW) carry the sub low end and dial in something saturated and reverb-y through the amp, getting the best of both worlds
    • You could close-mic the amp, or…
    • You could stereo-mic the room so the amp adds more of a stereo ambience when combined with the direct sound
    • You could record several full passes of the song, each with drastically different amp settings. Then, chop those up into a checkerboard so that parts of different passes are featured in different sections of the song to add contrast. And/or…
    • You could combine those multiple passes into one giant mega-sound, spread across the stereo spectrum for a cool effect
    • You could “perform” the song on the amp in realtime as you’re recording. For example, dial in a clean dark tone for the verse; then, as you’re listening to the song in your headphones, gradually ramp up the drive and brighten the tone during the pre-chorus so by the time the chorus hits it’s all mean and tough; then at the bridge you suddenly blend in a ton of amp reverb for a floaty vibe
    • So many fun things to try! 🎹 🔊

    Have fun, homey!

    • Jesse Lewis

      Member
      at 7:29 pm

      Holy Moly! This list of reamp possibilities is incredible and totally game changing! I had actually never even considered the idea of using the original software synth and combining that with the reamp audio!

      In a typical setup do you just literarily mix them together (like make a moog group and just combine them to taste????)

      Inquiring minds want to know ❤

      • Dana Nielsen

        Administrator
        at 12:39 am

        Heck yeah man! Usually when I combine multiple mics, DIs, reamps etc I do so using a “group” and an Aux input channel.

        The group is mostly to make editing easier across all related tracks. The aux is used to “collect” all the grouped track outputs into one single channel, which not only makes mixing the combined sound easier also it’s very easy to send your combined mega-moog-stereo-reamped-synth-behemoth sound out to other effects using the aux’s inserts and sends.

        Might be easier to demonstrate via drawing or video haha – I’ll add one here this week if I can!

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