Signal Chain

  • Ibanez S470
  • M-Audio Black Box
  • Avid Digi 003

The Black Box has been designed to inspire any guitarist by providing great-sounding amp models, drum loops and beat-synced effects. Using the convenience of USB, the Black Box is also a high-resolution 24-bit/44.1kHz audio interface for your computer, complete with instrument input, microphone input, balanced analog outputs and S/PDIF digital output. Included WDM, ASIO II, and Core Audio drivers allow for easy setup with any recording application that is compatible with Windows XP (SP2), Mac OS X 10.3.9, 10.4.4 or higher.

As a stand-alone device, the Black Box is primarily a songwriting or performance tool. Alternatively, you can use its USB connection to record directly to your computer. However, the analog outputs or digital S/PDIF output can be used to send your guitar’s processed signal to other recording devices. The main outputs can be used with powered monitors like the M-Audio BX5a’s and the headphone jack can be used with standard headphones. There are 40 amp models, 121 modulation and filter effect types, an independent beatsynced delay effect, reverb, compression and 100 different drumbeats to choose from. All of the effects automatically lock to the tempo of the drumbeat or your recording software. This way, the sounds of your effects are always in perfect sync with your music. A chromatic tuner is also built in.

Even if you are an experienced musician and digital recording enthusiast, we recommend you take a few moments to read through this owners’ manual and familiarize yourself with the Black Box’s features and operation. You may also want to refer to your audio software’s documentation, to better understand how the Black Box’s features are integrated with your audio software. Your experience and enjoyment of your Black Box will be greatly enhanced by a good working knowledge of your audio software.

Starting with the Ultimate Speaker Demo, an ever-increasing number of the GearTunes audio  clips are being tracked using the Radial JCR Reamp. The Reamp was invented by my good friend and colleague John Cuniberti who engineered/co-produced many of Joe Satriani's most infamous recordings.

For GearTunes, reamping allows me to record a track where the guitar "hears" the amp in the room, but initially only the guitar or guitar and effects signal is recorded. This allows me to spend additional time perfecting amp tones and mic placement once I have the performance I'm looking for. One of the byproducts of this process is the creation of GearTunes DI Clips which enable you to play select guitars and effects through your amp by using your mobile device or computer as a reamp device.

For GearTunes DI Clips - and Gear Tune DI Clips ONLY (always found under the DI clips tab for gear that has one), you can play our guitar and effects through your amp. Simply use an unbalanced cable that terminates with an 1/8th inch jack on one end and a 1/4 inch jack on the other. Connect the 1/8th jack to the output of your mobile device or computer and the 1/4 inch jack into the front of your amp. Start off with your amp volume at zero and your mobile device (or computer) volume all the way up to ensure you hit the front end of the amp with enough signal, and then gradually increase the volume of the clean channel on your amp until you reach a level that is not capable of causing damage to your ears or equipment. GearTunes accepts no liability for the use, abuse or misuse of these clips, and playing them into your amp is done exclusively at your own risk.

I am tremendously excited about being able to share GearTunes DI Clips with you as you journey on your quest to find right gear for the music you play! Cheers ~ Doug:)

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