Guitar sounds weird when using my interface

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  1. Gmork

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    I use a steinberg ur22 and often use preamp and distortion pedals into it with cab sims but no matter what i use the recorded sound sounds as if i was using my neck pickup, fat fuzzed out and dark.
    Is this normal? Ive always just compensated for it by boosting 3k/5k to get it to sound more like it actually sounds but would preferit it just captured it more accurately to begin with.
     
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    How much are you boosting that EQ at? Do you run a power-amp sim between the pedal/preamp and the cab sim? And how hot are you running the input level in? I'm sure you have experimented with many things. But a lot of producers run pedal/preamp -> power amp off a amp sim -> cab sim/IR. I wonder what difference this would make. Wall of Sound has a good free 6L6 emulation.
    EDIT: I noticed pedals sound much darker the higher you turn up their volume - especially Muffs
     
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    "Poweramp off a amp sim" not sure quite what u mean, mind explaining please?

    Its not as severe as i make it sound but to get the point across my explanation works.

    I use a 2db mild bump at 3k and again at 5k (and a narrow cut at 4k for the yuckies)..
    So nothing extreme.

    I make sure my input isnt clipping. Ive tried with the ignite poweramp sim > cab sim. And tried without the poweramp sim.
     
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    Yeah I meant pretty much the same thing you did with the Ignite just using a different plug in for power-amp and bypassing the preamp. So basically the sound is not as bright as it is when you hear it from the cab?
     
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    Yeah, like if i was using all the same setting, whether its my tightmetal, vhd, ANYTHING. through a real amp/poweramp/ cab etc itll sound normal but plug into the interface (with good poweramp sim and good cab sim/IRs) and it just sounds darker and mushier.
     
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    It's subtle, but noticeable. There's something about micing a real cab that gets that crisp high end. I've got a Reload and with Wall of Sound I have to use the EQ in there to tailor the sound. And use way different settings on the amp head to Reload most of the time to computer. It's a different world indeed. I think you are doing the right thing with the EQ, using it as a corrective EQ. I am paranoid about boosting vs cutting :lol:
    In this case the monitors, IRs, how you are listening, are mega critical to the effect of the final tone.
     
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    Well im still trying to work on getting right going in, which i think im very close but theres just no getting away from it, and there seems to be only a tiny sliver of usable gain, too little and it just sounds weak and just a tad more and it just sounds like way too much, almost like a fuzz. Tough getting that perfect little spot.
     

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