Thursday, April 24, 2014

How to Re-Amp with Pro Tools 11 and the Eleven Rack


Re-Amping allows you to use the same performance, but change the amp, cabinet, microphone, and/or effects of your guitar, bass, or other instrument.

With the Eleven Rack, Re-Amping is super simple; thanks to the ability to record a "dirty/wet" and "dry" guitar track at the same time!

There is a video included below so you can see this in action. In this video we use Pro Tools 11, but the process and underlying principles are the same.

RECORD:

First, record your effected guitar track AND the dry guitar at the same time.

To do this, you can use a Stereo or Mono track for the "dirty" guitar, and a Mono track for the "dry" guitar.

  • Make sure the RIG INPUT for the Eleven Rack is set to GUITAR

  • Set the input of the "dirty/wet" Audio track to Eleven Rig (L)/(R)

  • Set the input of the MONO "dry" Audio track to Guitar

  • Record Enable/Arm both tracks

Since you don't want to hear the dry track while recording, MUTE that Mono Audio Track.

Record your part.

Once you have the perfect performance, it's time to Re-Amp (if needed of course)

RE-AMP:

  • Un-Mute the dry Mono Audio track.
  • Change the OUTPUT of the dry guitar track to "Re-Amp"
  • Change the Rig Input of the Eleven Rack to "Re-Amp"
That's pretty much it! Easy!


Now, all you need to do is setup a track(s) to record/hear the Re-Amp'ed track.

You can use a Mono or Stereo Audio track. 

Just make sure you set the Input of that track to "Eleven Rig (L)/(R)"

Arm the track (don't arm the dry guitar track, just the track you are recording the new tone to)

Play. Cycle through the Eleven Rack Rigs until you find the perfect one.

Then, record your Re-Amp'ed track.

And that's it.
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Tip: You can actually record more than one track at a time while Re-Amping. Keep in mind it will be the same sound, same Rig, but you can do it.

Tip: You can re-amp the same performance several times. You may want to record one pass with, for example, a DYN 57 mic, and another pass with a Ribbon 121 mic - then layer them together. Doing this would be congruent with having two mic's on one cab. You could do this an unlimited number of times, like maybe you want 3, or 4, or 5 mic's on a cab.

Or, you may want to change the cab for one pass, so it's like recording one performance with 2 cabs, ect...

Change whatever you want with each Re-Amp, the whole rig or just the amp, cab, effects, or mic - or maybe just adjust a few parameters on the amp for each pass. The possibilities are virtually endless.

Tip: Re-Amping one performance multiple times with different rigs, or settings, is NOT the same thing as double tracking a guitar riff. If you want that "wall of sound" you will still need to physically record another guitar track, maybe two or even three depending on the sound you want.

Then you can Re-Amp each performance as many times as you want and layer the different performances together.

BIG TIP: A common source of freaking out is when you go to play your guitar through your Eleven Rack, either with Pro Tools open or in Standalone; and when you strum your guitar, you don't hear anything. 

You adjust volume levels, check the track I/O, make sure the track is record enabled, but you still do not get any sound!

Relax! The Eleven Rack is full of internal routing options, and one that's often overlooked is
RIG INPUT.

If you have been Re-Amping, it's common to forget that you changed the Rig Input from "Guitar" to "Re-Amp".

So before you ball up in the fetal position and curse the heavens and Avid, if you don't hear your guitar, simply check the Rig Input of the Eleven Rack and make sure it is set to "Guitar"




If you follow these instructions, but still don't get sound, you may need to DEFAULT your I/O



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