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    Does "reamping" degrade overall signal

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    Hey all,

    I'm recording an album right now and I'm planning on adding a lot of effects later. Some are not in-box but will be run from the interface's line out through effects pedals and back into the interface's line in. Should I expect any signal degredation, loss of quality, noticeable effects, etc. from this extra step of digital to analog and back to digital signal again? I'm running a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 into Pro Tools 12.

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    Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. It really depends on what you are recording.

    Always best to try first. Line out to line in levels are cool, but I am not sure how that works through stomp boxes. I have a Radial reamp box that I have used for 're-amping' through an amp from a direct signal that was recorded with a direct box straight from the guitar, but haven't tried running a recorded track back out to a pedal.

    Hopefully others will have input here.
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    It's not so much the conversion that's the issue. I also wouldn't worry too much about level. Most pedals can handle healthy (not hot) line levels just fine. Don't let anybody tell you there's an impedance problem*.

    If there's a problem, it's going to be noise. There's a pretty good potential of a noticeable ground loop to develop. I think many people expect that to sound like a hum, but when computers are involved, there are all kinds noises that can sneak though if everything's not sorted. That's the one place where a transformer isolated reamp box really can come in handy. There are other (arguably better) ways to try to fix the problem, but it can take a lot more messing around then just flipping the ground lift switch.



    *Unless you're trying to use an honest-to-goodness old school transistor fuzz.

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    Hello Friends,

    That´s my first reply at all, I´m from Brazil and sorry if I make some mistakes on language.
    I´m planning on doing some reamping of my guitar tracks, I have a POD HD500, my plan is to return the signal through the USB connection to the POD and to the amp and so then to the mixer connected firewire. Am I doing a nice trick or I get problems? The track was recorded clear with no effects using the POD too.

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    Does the pod do that? It should, but I'd kind of be surprised. But then, why wouldn't it send the audio back on the USB, too?

    One issue I see: If you're on Windows, it can be difficult to use two audio interfaces at one time with decent latency. The Pod will count as an interface here.

    There are a lot of free and cheap amp sims out there which will do you at least as much good with a whole lot less hassle. If you just have to have that Line6 sound, buy PodFarm.

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    You´re right, the delay can be a problem, I will try and post the results asap.

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    I have never noticed any degradation of signal quality.

    Actually if anything I have noticed there is a lot less noise introduced.
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