Thanks for your responses I really appreciate it.
I thought I would upload some audio for you guys to hear what I’m hearing…
Rh QC audio files.zip (6.3 MB)
OK so I am using an Orange TH30 Combo, US Fender Strat with Custom shop fat 50s pickups, neck pickup. Mic is SM57, audio interface is SSL2. All audio recorded into logic at about -12 dBfs.
The recording of my amp is what I am trying to capture… But I feel like I’m having problems with any sound from the QC…
For my problems with a capture…following a barrage of different tests with NDSP, they recommended I tried the following signal path to see if the tone was changing compared to my amp straight;
- Guitar > Input of the amp > Mic > Quad Cortex Input 2 > Quad Cortex XLR Out > Input of your audio interface.
Compared to the amp straight, there is a slight loss of low mids and high end, but nothing that bothers me at all… So the problems in my eyes, is not any difference in gain or whatever between the QC and my interface, as NDSP are suspecting. There is no major change in tone putting the QC between my amp and the interface.
Next up, I set up the QC ready to capture, following their guidelines. I had my guitar into Input 1, 1/4 inch Capture out to the amp, sm57 mic back into Input 2. However, I also had an XLR out of Out 1/L, into my interface to record what I am hearing (BEFORE PRESSING ‘CAPTURE’).
This is when the change in tone occurs, I can already hear a bright, brittle, scratchiness to the guitar now. I recorded 3 different recordings, with different Input Gains for Input 1. One is at 0dB, the next at +9dB (giving about -14 on the level metre), There is clearly something wrong here, in my opinion… Files names - (QC Just before capture etc.).
The last step was to capture the amp, with an instrument input gain of 0dB, mic Input Gain of 0dB (as this sounded best earlier…), impedance of 1M (also tried different levels and this marginally sounded better). I then saved this capture and set up a preset with it, and recorded this into logic.
As you can tell, sadly it is way off my amp… File name - (QC CaptureFeb 25th).
Or am I being unreasonable? Is this acceptable when capturing a cab with a mic?
Additionally, I recorded the following preset for a factory capture on the QC -
Orange Range Stormverb 3 412 Range PPC V30 03
Does this sound right to you guys…? Because it really doesn’t to me… It sounds wrong and bizarre…
In my mind, I strongly feel that there is something wrong with the input of the QC. Or maybe I’m being overly sensitive…?
Anyway as ever, really appreciate your help and advice
Thanks for your time!