Zoom R 16 - Record Both Wet and Dry Signals for The Same Input?

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Zoom R 16 - Record Both Wet and Dry Signals for The Same Input?

Post by GV » Sun May 21, 2017 11:01 pm

Hi,
I would like to be able to record a guitar part while doing the following:

1. Listening to an effect (e.g., distortion/drive) while recording

2. Splitting the signal across two tracks, with one of those tracks being recorded with the distorted signal, and other track recording the guitar part 'dry'.

Is this possible?

And if so, is it possible to do this if I use the R 16 as an audio interface, so that I have both the 'wet' and 'dry' signals going into my DAW?

Thanks for any replies.
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Re: Zoom R 16 - Record Both Wet and Dry Signals for The Same Input?

Post by Wulfraed » Mon May 22, 2017 9:55 am

Short answer: NO

Longer answer: Not directly
Inputs on the R16/24 are mapped directly to the corresponding track. In order to record, simultaneously, to two tracks requires you to use two inputs. If your source can support a signal splitter (and the resultant 3dB drop in peak levels) you could feed the source to two inputs, with the effect active on one of the two (most effects on the R16/24 are mono/single track).

You could record the "dry" signal, while monitoring the "wet" signal (manual page 55). Then, after recording, you could BOUNCE the "dry" signal /through/ the effect (change the effect location from "input" to "track") to create a second track. This is probably the recommended approach as it allows you to fiddle with the effect parameters until you get them "perfect" without having to worry about the raw performance.

Hypothetically, you could record the "dry" signal, monitor "wet", and with a splitter run the monitoring output back to another input... However, this signal path could result in subtle latency issues.
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Re: Zoom R 16 - Record Both Wet and Dry Signals for The Same Input?

Post by GV » Mon May 22, 2017 8:12 pm

Hi Wulfraed,
Many thanks for your very helpful reply.
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