Wirelessly posted (iBrone)
So I am venturing back into the recording game after selling all of my stuff a year ago. Right now I am running my guitar direct into a Saffire Pro DSP 24 interface, and I am using BIAS AMP for tones. Things sound pretty decent, but I seem to be having weaker signals in higher registers on all guitars, although it is better with my EMGs, so I assume it is signal compression that improves it. I am near clipping if I strum so I can't turn up the input more.
I am doing a lot of mid-gain stuff, so I want to try to avoid using boost VSTs or heavy compression to fix this. My question is: is it better to run the guitar through a DI instead of directly in to the interface? Will this help level the signal a bit.
If so, are there any good DIs in the $100 range (used is okay, but must be through GC)? Do I need an active or passive DI?
If the DI isn't the problem, any other suggestions on how to best spend the gift card to improve my setup would be appreciated!
The first thing I'd be inclined to say is don't worry about it.
The saffire Hi-Z's are quite good quality, and in particular have excellent SNR. If you're getting a weak signal, but your SNR is still good for that signal, you don't have a gain problem. Just apply whatever you want to it later.
A better DI will not change the dynamic range of the guitar. It may have a marginally better SNR, though, and it may preserve transients and high end a bit better if it's higher impedance. But there's not a world of difference between the Hi-Zs on my little labs red eye, fireface 800 (when I had it), fireface UFX and focusrite saffire 40 Hi-Zs. They're all pretty good. I assume the H-Zs on what you have are the same.