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Questions covered this week:

  • When I compare my music to what I hear on the radio, the music on the radio sounds better. What do the big studios have that I don’t have?
  • What interesting effects do you use on vocals?
  • How do I record my guitar and the direct signal at the same time?
  • How do I deal with loud S’s in my vocals?
  • How do I compress the vocals to keep them at a consistent volume?

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  • Puneet

    To answer the question “How do I record my guitar and the direct signal at the same time?”, just a DI is not going to do it unless they want to record only the direct signal. What they need is an ABY pedal before the DI. This lets you split the signal and record both the amp and the direct signal at the same time (or even 2 different amps). What I have discovered is that a passive ABY box doesn’t work well as it causes a signal loss. After trying out several ones, I settled for the Radial Twin City which has zero tone loss. This lets me record the amp and if i’m not too happy with the tone during mixdown, I can re-amp the direct signal.

    • DI has an output to go to the amp. You can record both.

  • Hillel

    I agree with your answer about getting tracks to sound professional, but if the quality of your songs aren’t coming out professional, wouldn’t it be possible that it may be a lack of acoustic treatment? (I’m sure theres a lot of variables there but I’m trying to pinpoint for myself as much as I can )

    • It’s possible. That’s one of a bajillion variables. 🙂