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Brandon Earman
post Mar 14 2011, 06:56 PM
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Is there any way to play your physical pedal board into your computer without an amp? What would be the best way to do this? I want to be able to use my pedals with computer VST amp modeling.

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post Mar 14 2011, 07:10 PM
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I don't see why you can't just D/I through the Mic Line. Just be careful of your level settings!


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post Mar 14 2011, 07:22 PM
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I currently use a Pod GX with Pod Farm. I suppose I could just plug my pedal board into the GX?


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post Mar 14 2011, 07:30 PM
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You could go that route!
I didn't realise you had an interface!!
When doing reviews of single pedals I put them straight through into the mike line so that there's no outside colouring of the sound.
Although, having said that, I use an M-Audio interface and have no trouble running a Pedal Chain through it into my DAW!
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post Mar 14 2011, 09:12 PM
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It's an instrument input, so using pedalboard in front of it should be fine, no problem there. Bare in mind that you can clip your signal easily then, so watch the levels on the pedals.

Also, keep in mind that your stomps will react differently as opposed to real amp. You will need to adjust the settings a bit.


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post Mar 15 2011, 02:41 AM
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Alright guys, thanks for the input.. I'll see what I can get working and maybe record some samples.


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post Mar 15 2011, 03:41 AM
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Yeah I remember whenever I used to play without a cabinet and the sound was bad. biggrin.gif


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post Mar 15 2011, 09:56 AM
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You could always put a sansamp amp emulator pedal at the end. They are made to be able to record direct. smile.gif
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I'm curious about this also.

I have a GX and an X3, I guess either of them could work as input. But given that there's no amp after the pedal chain, would I need to keep the amp/cab emulation on? Otherwise it will sound bad I guess.


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post Mar 15 2011, 08:06 PM
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Without cab emulation it can prove to be good for direct clean tones with delay, chorus, reverb, possibly even flanger or wah (on clean settings).

As soon as you introduce overdrive/distortion it sounds terrible without cab emulation.

With the pedalboard you will need at least cab emulation, but if you have amp/cab it can be good as well.

The problem with putting your pedalboard into a digital device is that it clips the signal sharply, so you need to watch the levels. This means you are very limited in ability to create boosts with your overdrive/distortion pedal. On the other hand, you have lots of amp/cab emulations at your disposal, so you can choose the one that fits best.

I strongly advise that you don't stick (for example) to Marshall emulation just because this is your favorite amp. Go through all the models and tweak with your ears not your eyes. Your tone will be much better.

Work one pedal at a time, and start with overdrive/distortion pedals first. Start with one pedal, and go through all the settings on it, and all settings in the software. Then go to another etc..

Once you go through the ovedrive/distortion phase, other effects are a bit easier to work with.




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Thanks Ivan smile.gif


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Great advice Ivan! biggrin.gif


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Glad to help guys, cheers smile.gif


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