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I just purchased a focusrite solo 2gen and still can't make a nice recording. The interface is working but the sound is not terrible as I only use the provided Ableton Live, which means no effects and no amp simulation.

I also have a digitech rp255 pedal and a blackstar ht1r. But I still didn't figure out how to get the best sound out of all this. Do I need some additional softwares? What do I need if I wanna plug and play (recording with an amp simulation software) ?

Thank you for your advice

  • Are you recording via a microphone into the Focusrite or are you connecting your instrument directly to it? What's the specific problem you have with the sound - is it poor quality or just not like a commercial recording? – Matt Jones Feb 8 '17 at 12:33
  • Also, you might want to have a look at this post and see if it has any tips you might use. – Matt Jones Feb 8 '17 at 12:34
  • I plug the guitar directly. The sound is poor. I might purchase a mic later but for now i'd like to record direct – Dave ddd Feb 8 '17 at 12:41
  • For electric guitar you'll almost certainly want to reamp -- take a look at the LePou amp sims. They're free, and very good. – Linuxios Feb 8 '17 at 17:36
  • Or for something a little more "all in one," check out the free versions of Guitar Rig and Amplitude. – Linuxios Feb 8 '17 at 17:38
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I've recorded my guitar at home using a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 and Ableton Live with decent results.

I plugged my guitar directly into the input, making sure I've selected the 'Instrument' setting.

Be careful with the gain - don't let it go into the red on your recording.

I don't know exactly what you mean by

the sound is poor

When I record the sound is just what comes out of the instrument - if you want to use an amp plugin there are many free ones available but not knowing what the specific problem is makes it hard to give any specific answers.

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