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    Smile Hey! Where's my sound...

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    Oh man.. I set up all my sounds - guitar, amp sim FX chain, all levels for recording - I get a sound from the sim I really like and begin practicing, then I may record a track or two.

    I shut everything down for the night. When I set everything up the next day, exACTly as before, the sound I liked so much the night before is not there. What I get is not that much different, but feels different more than sounds different. So I tweak a knob or two to get it back where I think it should be. And when I shut down that night the whole thing is repeated - day after day.

    I know this is all in my head, sort of.. I mean, something physiologically going on making me perceive the sounds differently.

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    ear fatigue and ear fresh and ear wax...i dont think the guitar or plugins are changing sound

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolCat View Post
    ear fatigue and ear fresh and ear wax...i dont think the guitar or plugins are changing sound
    Must be that ^ I think? When you save a project the DAW must* save all the setting and FX and so when you open it next day, there is all is.

    Also, try taking a "prnt scrn" shot of the DAW screen as you want it set, save it to "song xx with extra grunge 01,07,18" or similar?

    *I say "must" because surely mastering engineers would go ga-ga if they could not return to project settings day to day?

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    Really tiny moves of those knobs on the guitar or headphone monitor level can make a pretty big difference in perception, too, especially when trying to A/B the end of one day against the start of the next.

    If you've actually saved a track, just print it at the end of the day and then before you start a new take and listen to those - that would tell you whether you've actually got anything in the DAW going on. Otherwise, it's all in your signal path going in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keith.rogers View Post
    Really tiny moves of those knobs on the guitar or headphone monitor level can make a pretty big difference...
    The one knob I do turn down all the way when shutting down is the interface gain. It is difficult to reset that one because there are no indicator lines to match up, only a DAW meter reading which also isn't accurate enough to get back to exactly where I was previously. Even a screenshot of that wouldn't work for the same reasons. I'll start leaving the interface gain as is and see if this helps.

    I guess there's some piece of equipment which can feed a signal through (at the current mixer settings) and provide an exact reference number so I could reset to that in the next session, but I don't have it and probably can't afford it at this point. I'm not a pro studio so I can work with what I've got for now.
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