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 Post subject: Twin Tracker
PostPosted: Sat, Sep 19, 2020 9:41pm 
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Hi,
I have a couple of questions about the Twin Tracker feature. The manual is a bit confusing of the functionality. First, the manual says the Twin Tracker automatically routes the signal from the right channel to the left channel, which means you get the same cab sim processing on both D.I. outputs. Stereo mode also gives you the same the same processed on both D.I. outputs. Second, to take full advantage of the Twin Tracker feature, you have to route each D.I. output to separate channels on your audio interface and hard pan each left and right on mono tracks in your DAW. When you do this and engage the Twin Tracker, the balance knob will, obviously, let you set the balance between the left and right channels. The Thickness knob also has it greatest affect when the channels are hard panned left and right because the delay it introduces is most noticeable. Stereo mode does not give you the individual control over the right and left channels, but I am assuming that to get the most out of the stereo mode, you should send each D.I output to separate mono channels that are hard panned left and right. If you send each D.I to mono channels panned center, the affect is not nearly as big as when they are hard panned to the left and right.

I am just trying to understand the intent behind each mode and understand the best way to use them to get the biggest sound possible.

Update: I also tried running the two D.I. outputs to a single stereo track in Logic. Without the Twin Tracker, the track, of course, sounds like a single mono track panned to the center. The Twin Tracker is effective at making the single track sound like separate tracks panned left and right.I think I still prefer sending each D.I. to separate tracks panned hard left and right and then engaging the Twin Tracker. For me, the missing piece of information is that if you are going to run each D.I output to separate tracks, then you need to pan them hard left and right. If you run both D.I. outputs to a single stereo track, then you just need to engage the Twin Tracker to get the effect. Since you don't mention anything about panning in the manual, it seems like the intention with the Twin Tracker was to run both D.I. outputs to a stereo track.

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 Post subject: Re: Twin Tracker
PostPosted: Wed, Oct 14, 2020 7:51am 
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Hello

Here is what is written in the owner's manual:
"Twin Tracker is an automatic double tracker. Your mono amp sound is routed to the left output and Twin Tracker creates another track (a virtual guitarist) on the right channel in real-time. The slight differences in timing and attack contribute to a beefed-up tone and massive sound. "

Your tube amp signal is sent to the left XLR output going through cabinet simulation, eq, enhancer and reverb.

With the twin tracker ON, the right XLR output takes the cabinet simulation signal (with enhancer and eq) and adds the twin tracker effect. The Twin tracker can only be heard on the right output. The Balance setting sets the level of the signal going out of the right XLR output. The Tightness sets the delay of the signal.

Indeed to take full advantage of the Stereo of the Captor X, you need to connect each XLR to a different channel on the mixing desk. Adn pan one channel to the left, the other to the right.If you do not pan to the left and right and keep everything at the center, your sound will be bad. It will be out of phase - no presence, no medium, like going through a flanger but a fixed flanger.

Stereo tracks in DAWs, automatically set one channel hard left and the other hard right.You connect the Captor X to 2 of your interface's inputs and record to a stereo track. If you have no stereo effects enabled in the Captor X it will sound mono. If you activate the Twin tracker it will go stereo straight away. If you do not activate the Twin Tracker but activate the reverb and set the width to 100% it will sound stereo too. If the width of the reverb is set to a low level, the stereo will not be very present. If the reverb and the Twin Tracker is off, there is no stereo.

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