So my Radial JCR showed up today. Thing is pretty cool and worked right out of the box. Not much to it - plug in the right cables, set levels, go.
Here's the thing - I used some old DI tracks to practice with that I made with the Axe-Fx. They're definitely a lot lower output than the wet tracks. When I'm tracking, I have Output 1 on the Fractal set to a relatively normal output (-6db or so on the bus), and then I just crank the second output which generates the DI. Here's a pic from Reaper:
This works great going from Fractal to Fractal, and works great going Fractal_Made_DI->-Radial->-Mesa too. The thing is, when I run it into the JCR I have to really crank the output on the reamp box to get the right amount of gain out of the amp. I started out with the JCR output at noon, and it was like I had the volume knob rolled back on the guitar when it came out of the Mark V. I went back and forth between DI and Guitar (plugging into the amp) until I had it as close as I could get it in terms of tone/signal/etc.
Is this normal? You guys that reamp a lot - do you usually have to turn up the output on your reamp boxes quite a bit until it matches the signal from the guitar, or am I doing something wrong? Another way around it (that worked fairly well) was to normalize my DI tracks in Reaper, which let me set the output on the JCR quite a bit lower, but I still had to turn it up to gain match the actual guitar.
Other than that, here's what I'm fiddling around with. i5 on the left, 57 on the right:
I wish I had a second pair of hands to move the mic around, because even wearing cans it's a little tough to tell what the positioning does when I move them around when I'm in the same room as the blasting amp. Having a DI to test with is freakin' great though - much better than chugging away with one hand and tweaking the mics with the other.
This is pretty fun but I can't help but realize that I'm a serious novice when it comes to this side of things.
I always run my reamp with the volume on 11.