What is Reamping? Learn to Ignite Your Mixes

Dive into the world of reamping, its impact on your mix, gear essentials, and creative possibilities. Uncover the pros, cons, and more in our in-depth guide.

When you’re working on a music production, you’ve probably encountered moments when a guitar riff or a recorded track doesn’t quite hit the mark. It can sound out of place, lacking the desired impact to seamlessly blend with the rest of the mix. This is where ‘reamping’ comes into play. What exactly is reamping? Let’s dive in and explore this transformative process.

What is reamping? Reamping is the process of taking a pre-recorded audio track, typically a guitar or bass, and sending it back out through an amplifier or effects chain to capture the sound with different tones or sonic characteristics. This allows for flexibility in adjusting and enhancing the recorded sound during the mixing or post-production stage.

What is reamping?

Reamping is a technique used in audio production where a pre-recorded audio signal, typically from a guitar or bass guitar, is played back and sent through an external amplifier or effects chain. The purpose of reamping is to capture the audio signal with different tonal qualities or sonic characteristics than what was originally recorded.

Image of a musician with an electric guitar. Source: unsplash
Image of a musician with an electric guitar. Source: unsplash

The reamping process involves taking the original dry recording and sending it out of the audio interface or playback device into a guitar amplifier, effects pedals, or other outboard gear. The signal is then played through the amplifier or effects chain and recorded again, usually with one or more microphones capturing the sound.

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Why is reamping important?

If you’ve ever found yourself wishing you could swap out an amp, reposition a mic, or explore new pedal effects on a track without re-recording the entire performance, reamping is your one-way ticket to freedom.

Reamping allows you to re-record that exact part with a different amp, mic setup, or effect chain without having to call the guitarist back in for another take.

Picture this: You’re working on a track, and you’ve got a super-clean direct-recorded guitar part that you’re loving. But later, you feel it needs more edge, like a snarl, to amp up the energy. Reamping allows you to re-record that exact part with a different amp, mic setup, or effect chain without having to call the guitarist back in for another take. All that’s left to do is to tweak and fine-tune it to blend seamlessly with the rest of the mix.

Reamping can be used to:

  • Add Character and Warmth: You have a guitar track that’s spot-on technically, but it’s missing that X-factor. Try reamping it through a tube amp to inject some warmth and grit. This can transform a lackluster performance into a blistering rock anthem.
  • Explore New Effects: Ever felt stuck with the same old pedal effects on a guitar track? Reamping lets you experiment post-recording. Toss in a flanger, lay on some heavy distortion, or sprinkle on a touch of reverb – you’ve got carte blanche to modify your sound after the performance.
  • Fix Tracking Issues: Sometimes, you just can’t get the amp tone right during tracking. Instead of settling for a subpar sound, you can reamp the signal later and take your time to find the perfect tone, mic placement, and amp settings.

My first encounter with reamping

Now, speaking from experience, the first time I encountered reamping was nothing short of mind-blowing. As a beginner music producer, I was working on a track that had this great bassline, but something about it just wasn’t sitting right. It lacked that earth-shaking rumble that I knew it needed. That’s when a fellow producer buddy introduced me to reamping.

We took my pristine bassline and reamped it through a classic tube amp, adding a touch of drive for warmth and character. Suddenly, my mix had that groovy foundation it was missing. That’s when I knew reamping was a tool I couldn’t live without, and I’m confident you’ll feel the same once you give it a go.

What gear do you need for reamping?

Ready to get your hands dirty and dive into the world of reamping? Before you start, let’s make sure you have the right tools to get the job done.

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Image of guitars and an amplifier. Source: unsplash

Here are the tools you need for reamping:

  1. Direct Input Box (DI Box): This handy tool is your first stop. It’s used to capture a clean, unaltered direct signal from your instrument. Choose a good quality DI box to ensure you get a clear, noise-free recording.
  2. Audio Interface with a line output: You’re gonna need a way to send your recorded signal back out into the world. That’s where your audio interface comes in. A line-level output can send the signal from your DAW to your re(peat) customer – your amplifier.
  3. Reamping Box: The reamping box converts the line-level signal from your interface to a guitar-level signal that’s perfect for your amplifier. It also sorts out any impedance mismatches that can mess with your tone.
  4. Amplifier and Speaker: Here’s where the magic happens. The amplifier and speaker give a direct signal to its new character. Feel free to play around with different amps and speakers to find your perfect tone.
  5. Microphone: Lastly, you’ll need one or more microphones to capture the newly amped sound. Different mics will color your sound in unique ways, so try out a few options and see what fits best with your vision.

How do you use reamping in music production?

Ready to dive into the mechanics of reamping and learn how it transforms your mix into a chart-topper? Let’s break down the steps you’ll take to give your tracks that slick reamped sound.

  1. Record a direct signal: Start by recording your instrument – like an electric guitar or bass – through a direct input (DI) box or a clean, uncolored preamp. This will give you a raw, unprocessed sound to work with later.
  2. Convert and output the signal: After recording, convert your direct signal back to an analog signal using a digital-to-analog converter (DAC). Then, route it through a reamping box to bring the signal down to an appropriate level for the amp.
  3. Reamp through the amp and effects: Send the converted signal to the desired amp, guitar cabinet, or effect chain. Feel free to tweak settings and experiment to find the perfect tone.
  4. Capture the new sound: Use one or multiple microphones to capture the reamped signal. This is your chance to experiment with mic placement and types to dial in the desired sound.
  5. Mix and blend: Once you’ve recorded the reamped signal, it’s time to mix it with the original dry track or other elements of your mix. Adjust the balance, EQ, and any other processing until you achieve your ideal sonic palette.

Now, check out this little “dos and don’ts” table to help guide you on your reamping journey:

Experiment with different amps and effectsForget to level-match your signals
Record a clean, direct input for later reampingRush through the process without intention
Use a reamping box to properly match the impedanceNeglect phase alignment when blending signals
Play with mic placement and typesGet stuck in a rut; explore new techniques
Tips to Amp Up Your Reamping Game

Advantages and disadvantages of reamping

Now that we’re clued up on the process, gear, and possibilities, let’s dish out the pros and cons of preamping. Like every technique, it’s got its sunny side up and a side that’s a bit more, well, scrambled.


Buckle up, and let’s take a joyride through the upshots:

  • Flexibility: Reamping allows you to tweak your sound post-recording, giving you the freedom to experiment with amp settings and effects.
  • Creativity: It opens up a world of sonic possibilities, letting you layer, blend, and manipulate your sound in ways that conventional recording can’t.
  • Consistency: You can use the same direct signal to reamp multiple times, maintaining a consistent performance while changing the tone and color.
  • Control: Reamping lets you control every variable in your signal chain, from the room acoustics to the mic position to the amp settings.


Now, let’s navigate through the not-so-smooth stretches:

  • Complexity: The process can be a bit complex for beginners, with a steep learning curve.
  • Cost: It can be pricey. You’ll need additional gear, including a reamping box, a good DI box, and potentially more amps or effects units.
  • Time-consuming: It can be a lengthy process, especially if you include experimenting with different amps, effects, and mic positions.
  • Technical hurdles: Impedance matching and level management can be tricky, particularly for those new to the process.

If you want even more tips and insights, watch this video called “Reamping: Everything you need to know” from the Produce Like A Pro YouTube channel.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions about reamping? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions.

Can I reamp other instruments besides the guitar?

Absolutely! Although the guitar is the most common instrument to reamp, there’s no rule against getting creative. Drums, vocals, synths – heck, even a kazoo – could get a new lease on life with some reamping love!

Do I need a special box to reamp?

While you can technically reamp without a reamping box, using one ensures the correct impedance and signal level are maintained from your recording interface to your amp. This can significantly improve the quality and authenticity of your reamped tone.

Can I reamp with virtual amps?

Virtual amps can offer some distinct advantages – they’re less noisy, more consistent, and offer a huge range of amp models and effects. Just remember, just like with physical amps, the quality of your virtual amp can make a big difference to your final sound.


Well, there you have it, folks! We’ve plugged in, cranked up the volume, and explored the world of reamping. And remember, reamping isn’t about fixing bad tracks; it’s about taking good tracks and making them truly rockin’. Did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comment section below. I read and reply to every comment. If you found this article helpful, share it with a friend, and check out my full blog for more tips and tricks on audio production. Thanks for reading, and keep those tracks tight!

Key Takeaways

This article struck a chord with reamping and how you can use it to electrify your mixes. Here are some key takeaways:

  • Reamping is the process of recording a clean, direct signal and then playing that signal back through amps and effects to capture different tones and textures.
  • Reamping gives you the flexibility to tweak your sound post-recording, allowing for greater creative control and the ability to experiment with different effects and amp settings.
  • A variety of reamping gear is popular among producers, with different equipment offering unique features and benefits.
  • There are both advantages and disadvantages to reamping, from increased creative possibilities to potential complexity and costs.
  • You can reamp more than just guitars – any instrument can benefit from the creative possibilities reamping offers.

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