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Old 01-17-2023, 07:59 PM
ObiJonKenobi ObiJonKenobi is offline
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Default MBox Studio, Electric Guitar, Eleven Mk II

Hi all,

I am recording electric guitar in Pro Tools through my MBox Studio. I am using input 1 and only default settings. When I record the guitar it sounds perfect. However, when I add Eleven MKII to add the Metal Effect when there is no audio from the guitar there is a lot of hiss and a tone at 3.5kHz. Some Eleven settings have it and some do not. I would guess that there is something in the recording that the plug in is picking up but that is just a guess. Is there some group of settings I am missing? Anyone else have this issue? Andy thoughts?

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Jon (MBox Studio newbie)
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Old 01-17-2023, 10:28 PM
Darryl Ramm Darryl Ramm is online now
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Default Re: MBox Studio, Electric Guitar, Eleven Mk II

Hi welcome to DUC.

You are likely hearing the Eleven II noise gate cut in and out. You might just need to adjust that.

"default settings" tells us nothing. What gain setting is the preamp at? A DI input goes through the preamp so has adjustable gain. Make sure you are using a DI input, not a mic input. What guitar? what pickups? what guitar pedals before the DI input? what amp sim and gain/volume settings? For bonus points...what signals levels in dBFS on the dry track and through the sim?

"when I record the guitar it sounds perfect"... what exactly do you mean? Are you monitoring the dry signal when recording? or monitoring a wet signal through a (different?) amp plugin? The dry recording should be at a low level/quiet until you insert an amp sim plugin to significantly boost the signal. You might be recording the dry guitar too hot, especially if the guitar has active pickups, or you have pedals in the signal chain. That will also increase various types of noise, and can make it more difficult to get a good tone out of the amp sim.

But just like with real amps a high gain (==metal) amp can sound noisy as heck, and folks have to live with a noise gate and/or get used to tapping on a cut-off or tuner pedal. You might have to be more aggressive with the noise gate, look at shielding and noise pickup in the guitar etc. Much of this is experience that you need to pick up by just working with real guitars and amps or amp sims, the best way to get that experience is to follow along with tutorials about recording electric guitars and/or working with amp sims, videos on youtube or commercial lessons like Groove3 can be a good sources.
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