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  • Joe A
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    Rec w DI+Mic in GarageBand
    Student453440 writes: (Quote) Have you ever recorded with a DI guitar and a single balanced mic input going at the same time?? Will GB show it as 2 tracks??? (Unquote) Sure, you can record a DI and mic signal at the same time on 2 tracks. Create the 2 audio tracks, with 2 different inputs (i.e. track 1 gets audio from, say, interface input 3 (DI), track 2 gets audio from interface input 4 (mic)); make sure the guitar DI (or DI box) and mic are plugged into these 2 different inputs; record-enable both; set input levels; and Record the 2 signals onto the 2 separate tracks at the same time. You can then balance them and add effects selectively in playback.
  • Student453440
    Posts: 57
    Joined: Dec 25th, 2019
    Re: Rec w DI+Mic in GarageBand
    I have 1 and 2 enabled for stereo mic,ing. My 1 is also a DI when you hit the HiZ button. So I would use DI and it woud be track1 and track 2 would be regular mic track 2. 2 mic would be just picking up ambient sounds from the same acoustic guitar that had a pick up DI. ok??
  • Joe A
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    Joined: Oct 1st, 2013
    Re: Rec w DI+Mic in GarageBand
    Hi - Basically what you describe is correct—track 1 (input 1) would be the completely dry DI, track 2 (input 2) would be the mic signal, which would be a more ambient version of the same signal. With bass these are often mixed together, but with acoustic guitar the mic signal is almost always preferable. (Btw, technically, if you're recording a DI and a mic signal from the same source what you're doing is not stereo recording, it's two independent mono recordings.) If for some reason you can't achieve a good-sounding mic signal (inexpensive/inadequate mic, problematic environment) then a DI'd acoustic guitar signal could potentially add some clarity and presence, but on its own an acoustic guitar DI is usually way too dry and dead, sometimes with exaggerated attacks, and it rarely will provide a suitably full, open, and natural acoustic guitar sound by itself. Mixed in with a more ambient mic signal, it might help compensate for an overly room-y mic signal, but I'd try to get a clean, usable sound from the mic alone, and then only mix in a little of the DI if the mic signal just can't cut it. That said, if acoustic guitar is an important element in your recordings, it would be worth spending time working with the mic to achieve better sound, or even investing in a better mic (if that's the limiting factor)—good condenser mics suitable for recording acoustic guitar can be had for as little as around $100 or so nowadays, and should be capable of delivering excellent acoustic guitar recordings with a little practice. :-)
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