Mackie Mixing

Scratchy guitar recording?

So here's what we have, a guitar hooked to the a crate head, to a Mackie mixing board, to our Tascam Recording interface. When we record the guitar it comes out really really scratchy sounding. We know it's not the audio interface because the same sound is coming through the headphones on the mixer. We thought it might be the mixer so we went straight to the interface, same problem. We've switched all our cables out for new ones, same problem. Is there anyone who can help us? If you want i can sent you a recording....kinda crapy recording but a recording showing the problem.... we need help please! thanks
We've turned the gain all the way down as far as possible.....it sounds like clipping but I KNOW it's not, and ya just give me an email address or something and I'll send it.
We've turned the gain all the way down as far as possible.....it sounds like clipping but I KNOW it's not, and ya just give me an email address or something and I'll send it.

Sound like you're trying to record a guitar the worst way possible, by taking a line out or master out from a guitar amp.

The only way to get a decent sound when recording a guitar amp is to do it the proper way. Amp hooked up to speakers.

Then you use a microphone (a Shure SM57 is the industry standard) and place that against the cabinet grill. You will need to try different placements to find the "sweet spot". Usually, it is more towards to cone for harder and more "trebly" sound - more towards the edge for softer and less "trebly" sound.

Then you hook the microphone up to the mixer. Make sure you turn off phantom power on the mixer if you use a dynamic mike like the SM57.

If you do it this way and still have clipping, then there's something wrong with the mixer and/or audio interface.

Just an after thought. I assume you use proper audio cables... Some speaker cables look like audio cables, but these are not shielded and will be extremely noisy :-)

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