Beginning Recording Electric Guitar with the Focusrite Scarlett – Warren Huart: Produce Like A Pro


hi is Warren Hewitt here hope you’re doing marvelously well today so um we’re going to work on this Alec Scalise track that I co-written and I’m producing for her and the other day Greg D’Angelo played some drums on it so I want to add some guitars to it so I thought it’d be a great opportunity to show you how I recall guitars and how you can record guitars very easily so we have here we have a lovely Gibson BFG and let me get the other end of this here a cable finding someone okay we’re going to plug it into input number one here on our Focusrite Scarlett I love the way they do this it has the quarter-inch input here and then around the outside is the mic input so it’s very compact and it works really really well so I just plug it in here we don’t need phantom which is what the 48 volt here is for phantom would be for a condenser microphone we do not obviously need that or if we were plugging into a DI box to need phantom to run but we don’t need a DI because we’re plugging straight in okay so we’re plugged in let’s go and create a new track now obviously we can do it under track and we can hit new if you want you can also go shift command and see look one new track just need a mono audio track ready to go is hit enter/return and we’ve created a new track now let’s call this new electric I’ve done some scratch stuff already it’s really important to name your track otherwise you’ll start recording and you’ll have hundreds of tracks called audio which is not a good idea it’s going to record putting a pretty hot level down and put on my headphones here because we’re working exclusive on headphones today and there’s our DI sound now if we go to our plugin selection and go to harmonic we have eleven which comes which comes with protons that’s the verse guitar part that we’re going to be tracking and I’m going to do an octave above a part I’ve already recorded using eleven pretty straightforward now believe it or not that’s actually a pretty darn good tone straight off the one that opens up it’s like a modern rock town with a 4:12 says classic 30 that’s actually the speakers that come in in the four twelve twenty fives or 30s let’s pull the level down so it blends in a little bit more mix we’ll select record cool that was it straight fall to the part which I I’ll probably have pretty low in the mix and that’s there just to give me a little you know variation before hitting that pre-chorus so that’s basically how I record a lot of guitars it’s like a blend between amps and also onboard plugins like 11 I think the sounds are fantastic and if you blend the real with the digital you can get some incredible sounds you can get guitars to sound really really huge so don’t be put off by you know using onboard stuff that comes with it because you know it can sound amazing and obviously very inexpensive you don’t have to buy additional stuff you know this setup here is just the scarlet a laptop and standard Pro Tools this is a very inexpensive set up and I mostly I’m using headphones and you can you can make great music like this anyway our please leave me any comments or questions below I will endeavor to do my best to answer answer them all and subscribe to my email list you can go to our produce like a pro comm and sign up there I’m going to give away the drum files here so you can edit the drums as well please feel free to look at the drum editing video and you can edit the same ones that I edit as well also there’s a free drum tutorial there on recording so sign up and and we’ll send you as much free stuff as we possibly can do thank you ever so much for watching and I appreciate your time look forward to seeing you again