“I saw in one of your videos that you like to record a DI of electric guitar and bass in addition to the miked signal, but do I really need to do that?”
If you have the gear to make it happen, the ability to record the extra track in your DAW, and the 2 minutes it takes to set it up, then I say “YES!”
A DI track (Direct Input) is a signal with no fx or processing, split from the guitar or bass before it goes through the amp or pedalboard… a clean signal you can use to re-amp or manipulate later. Essentially, you are recording the plain boring signal, directly from the instrument.
I use a Radial DI box like this one to split the signal. I use the DI track to aid in editing, and sometimes I will re-amp the signal with a different tone or amp sound to blend in with the original. This can be done using amp modeling plugins or actual guitar amps… I use both, depending on what I have available or what I know I want.
With bass, I like duplicating the DI track and processing it with a SansAmp, or creating a sub-low bass track, to blend with the original bass track. Sometimes I’ll have up to 4 bass tracks blended to taste, in the mix. You’ll see a lot of these practices being used in my FREE Radio Ready Mixes video series.
Note: when recording a DI track simultaneously with the miked track, watch for latency, and make sure your DI track is lined up with the main track in your DAW.
Leave me a comment below with any tips you may have to add to this, or any questions concerning DI tracks!