Direct Guitar Recording (Using a DAW) (Guitar Lesson)


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Chris Liepe

Direct Guitar Recording (Using a DAW)

Chris uses a Pro Tools session to demonstrate not only how to create a solid lead guitar sound within your home DAW, but how the basic tools and tips that he demonstrates can be applied to any software used.

Taught by Chris Liepe in Recording and Micing seriesLength: 30:12Difficulty: 4.0 of 5


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rmijrrmijr replied on March 29th, 2016

why would you use all these amp/pedal plugins, if you already have these pedals/amp?

wizard1325wizard1325 replied on June 19th, 2013

I use Logic Pro 9 and im still trying to figure that software out lol

hawkranchhawkranch replied on June 11th, 2013

Great demo...adding the slap after the long delay is an excellent trick, I've been an engineer for years and did not know that. Best, John

jpbluestringjpbluestring replied on January 6th, 2013

Many thanks Chris for sharing your extensive knowledge of Protools. I am using Cubase and can see how I can adapt all this. This has broadened my horizon and understanding of send effects.

azziazzi replied on July 13th, 2012

This lesson has broadened my horizons and possibilities in the building of other tones. Thanks a lot.

azziazzi replied on July 13th, 2012

Superb Chris! I use Sonar and for a long time i was pursuing a kind of tone, and now i know what i was doing wrong, that was routing my signal and effects in serial. Fantastic, now i got the tone. A must see lesson.

hoovsterhoovster replied on April 20th, 2012

Just bought Pro Tools and this really helps better than the manual...

hoovsterhoovster replied on April 20th, 2012

Just bought Pro Tools and this really helps better than the manual...

rich thompsonrich thompson replied on February 26th, 2012

Terrific lessons, I'm really enjoying this series. Great explanations and suggestions of the guitar to the recorded session.

LanjaLanja replied on February 17th, 2012

Thanks Chris for great lesson!

foxboyfoxboy replied on February 9th, 2012

Great lesson. However, one should take care not to clip the preamp of the audio interface. -10db is a decent suggestion to go with. -5 might be okay, but risky. Usually, clipping inside a DAW is not that big of a factor (32 bits leave tons of headroom) unless you have clipping on the output channel, where the D/A converter will clip above 0db. So, as a good additional advise, one should use a brickwall limiter plugin on the output channel.

Recording and Micing

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Understanding the basics to recording and micing your guitar can help you develop as a musician. Gain a grasp on how to create your own personal studio



Lesson 1

Introduction and Getting Started

Welcome to lesson 1 of the Recording and Micing series! Here Chris provides some information essential to getting your home studio up and running.

Length: 15:50 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Setting Up Your Space

Setting up your space for optimal audio recording and play back is key to creating a successful home studio. Chris explains how to create the best possible environment in this lesson.

Length: 27:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Understanding Microphones

Chris demonstrates how microphones work and how to choose the right microphone for a specific application.

Length: 12:26 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Direct Recording

Chris explains how to successfully record through some direct recording techniques. When done correctly, you can record a clean signal from your guitar with no microphones.

Length: 8:33 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Electric Guitar / Amp Micing Techniques

Chris liepe unlocks the wonders of micing an electric guitar amplifier. He explains how to find a speaker's "sweet spot" as well as the differences in tone between various common micing techniques.

Length: 21:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Acoustic Guitar Micing Techniques

Chris Liepe teams up with Jim Deeming to present proper acoustic guitar micing techniques. Chris covers both single and dual micing placements and explains why each position is effective for certain situations.

Length: 20:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Acoustic Recording Options

With the help of Jim's playing, Chris has rigged up Jim's guitar three different ways and demonstrates the different qualities of sound you can get by recording with a direct line in, micing the amp, micing...

Length: 6:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Layering Multiple Guitar Tracks

With Jim playing 3 different sequences to overdub on top of one another, Chris will record them using 3 different micing techniques with 2 different guitars to create 1 final track.

Length: 14:07 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Effects Signal Routing

Chris takes a step back from electric and acoustic micing to demonstrate the proper way to route your effects to achieve the best possible sound.

Length: 14:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Direct Guitar Recording (Using a DAW)

Chris uses a Pro Tools session to demonstrate not only how to create a solid lead guitar sound within your home DAW, but how the basic tools and tips that he demonstrates can be applied to any software...

Length: 30:12 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Direct Guitar EQ Basics

Chris Liepe reveals the basics of how to properly understand and utilize EQ tools within a DAW to define and enrich your overall guitar sound.

Length: 40:17 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud JamPlay.com instructors.

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