How to Mix DI Guitar Recordings


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Direct Input (DI) guitar recording is a convenient, flexible, and efficient​ method of capturing a guitar’s sound on a computer. Whether it’s crisp clean tones or raucous distortion, the technique can ​maintain the⁤ integrity and dynamic range of your instrument’s tone. ⁣Here’s a guide on how to mix DI guitar recordings.

Step 1: Connect Your Guitar to the Audio Interface

First, connect your guitar to the input of the audio⁤ interface using a⁤ high-quality instrument cable (preferably with gold-plated connectors) for the best sound. ‍Depending on your recording setup, you’ll either need ⁣a standard instrument cable or a balanced XLR cable.

Step 2:⁣ Adjust Levels

Ensure you’re getting a robust signal into your audio interface without clipping. Strum your guitar ⁤hard and adjust your input levels until your loudest peaks are ⁢hitting at around -10 to -6dB – there’s no benefit to ⁣recording any hotter, digital clipping is harsh and best⁤ avoided at⁢ all costs.

Step 3: Double Track

For a fuller, richer guitar sound, double-track your part. Record the same part ⁢twice, panning one recording to the ⁣left and the other to the right. The slight differences in the two performances create ‍a fuller and more lively sound.

Step 4: Choose Your Amp Simulator

Unlike with acoustic instruments, DI‍ electronic instruments need some form of sound shaping to make‍ them sound like‌ they’re ​being played through an amplifier. In this case, an amp simulator plugin.

Step 5: Equalize the Sound

Use‌ an equalizer plugin to enhance or lessen certain frequencies in your guitar’s sound. Typically, you would want to reduce the frequencies around 200-500 Hz as they tend to cause muddiness. Boosting at⁤ around 3500 Hz can ‌add presence to your guitar.

Step 6: Add Compression

A ‌compressor plugin can help control the dynamic range of your guitar tracks. ​Be sure to add⁣ just the right amount of compression – not too heavy-handed, ‍but enough to tame any unwanted peaks and beef up quieter parts.

Step 7: Add Effects

Reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, and ‌other effects can ⁢also ‌greatly enhance your guitar ⁤sound, making⁢ it sit better in the mix, or stand out for solos. For the effects to work well with the rest of ⁢your mix, make sure to adjust the amount of each effect to taste.

Step 8: Balance within​ the Mix

Lastly, balance your guitar track within your overall mix, adjusting the levels so it sits nicely ⁢alongside your‍ other parts. Context matters, and a great sounding guitar in isolation ⁣might not work well in the ⁢context of a complete mix.


Mixing DI guitar recordings can be a complex process, but with the right steps and tools, you can create a fantastic sound that complements your compositions. Mastering the process takes time and patience, but the ‍rewards are well worth ⁤the effort.