How to Record with the Mustang GT Amp | Fender Amps | Fender

How to Record with the Mustang GT Amp | Fender Amps | Fender

[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi. This is John Dreyer
and in this video, we’re going to show you how
to record with your Mustang GT Amplifier in just
a few easy steps. So let’s talk
about what you need and then how we connect
it all together. There’s a few
different ways to get the audio coming from your
amplifier to record it. So if you have a GT40,
you have a USB out or you have the
stereo headphone out. If you have a 100 or 200– and in this case, I have a 100– you also have the
option of using the XLR outs on the back of the
amp, stereo left and right. So for this demo,
I’m using the GT100. I have two cables coming
from the back of the amp. The XLR, left and right,
into this interface. And then the interface
is what allows me to communicate with my
computer or other recording device. And then on the
computer itself, I have what we call a DAW, which
is a digital audio workstation. That’s software. That allows me to capture
the audio, mix, and master. And speaking of DAWs, there
are a lot of different options out there, everything
from entry level to pro. But as long as you can get
your Fender gear connected, you’ll be off and running. So there’s a lot
of different ways to capture guitar
tones for recording. You can mic up
your amplifier just by simply placing a microphone
in front of the speaker. You can plug directly into
your computer and use software to generate different
guitar tones. But the Mustang
is a great option, because we can utilize all
the guitar tones in the amp. And we can record just
about any style of music. All right. So now that we’re all connected. I have the guitar
plugged into the amp. Amp is plugged into the
interface via the two XLR cables. And the interface is now
communicating with my laptop. And before I set the
actual guitar tone, I’m going to go to the
Global EQ settings. So I’m hitting Menu,
scroll down to EQ, and Amp Settings,
and then Global EQ. And it’s set flat. I want to have a little
bit more life in my guitar because I’m recording direct. So I’m going to page
down to Guitar Focus. That just gives a
slightly different EQ to the overall tone
of the amp itself. OK. Select that. I can back out. And then I went ahead
and set a rhythm tone. So it’s a slightly
distorted tone. So now let’s try recording. I already went in, and
I set up two tracks, left and right, for my
guitar, my rhythm track. And I added a drum
track, as well. So we’ll record, and then
when we’re recording, you’ll hear the drum
track playing underneath. And I’ll play the rhythm
guitar on top of that. So let’s go ahead
and try it out. [MUSIC PLAYING] All right. So now we have a
rhythm track recorded. What I want to do
next is go back to the amplifier,
the Mustang GT, and pull up the
Acoustic Simulator preset in the amp,
which will allow us to record an acoustic
track using the Strat. So I have that dialed up. Now I’m going to go back to
the computer and hit record. You’ll hear the rhythm track
play, as well as the drums. And then you’ll hear the new
guitar track on top of that. So let’s check it out. [MUSIC PLAYING] All right. So now we have a rhythm track. We have our acoustic
rhythm track. And lastly, I want
to add a lead tone. So back to the Ep again. Now I’m going to
dial in a tone that has a little bit more gain. And I’ve also added a delay. So let’s playback the
tracks and record. You’ll hear the rhythm track. You’ll hear the acoustic track. And then you’ll hear my
lead track on top of that. So let’s do that now. [MUSIC PLAYING] All right. So there you go. We wrote a song. We had a rhythm track,
an acoustic track, as well as a lead. Simple tracks, but shows you
how the creation process works. Adding rhythms, adding
melodies, adding leads on top of each other. You can go on, and on,
and on with as much room as you have in your computer. Next step is to mix it,
make it sound great. You can share it
with your friends. You can collaborate
with other musicians, share files back and forth,
and work on songs together. And just work on your
songwriting chops. So one little tip
I wanted to add. We didn’t record with
a bass on this song, but if you wanted to add the
bass and you didn’t own one, you can always do
it with a guitar by going to the Mustang GT. You could dial in a pitch shift
and lower the pitch to a bass tone, and take out the
original guitar signal, and you’re left with this. [MUSIC PLAYING] And that’s one way to record
with your Mustang GT amplifier. I hope this video has
given you some inspiration, and have fun recording. For more information,
you can go to and stay tuned here
for more videos. We’ll see you soon. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Daniel Ostrander

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19 thoughts on “How to Record with the Mustang GT Amp | Fender Amps | Fender

  1. Kernelshin says:

    Safe to say, I'm the first

  2. Don Connor says:

    Good stuff.

  3. Jean Aponte says:

    take out the new update of the mustang GT 3.0 please.

  4. Mondo Loops says:

    This is very useful, always battling to get my recording right! Thanks! 💥💥

  5. Juan Avilés says:

    Can you record using USB port in fender amp direct to PC whitout interface ???

  6. CagedGod says:

    Hey Fender, the undo function for the looper on my GT's footswitch doesn't work. Any advice?

  7. mindbodylightsound10 says:

    I imagined Lou Reed singing over that cause he had a Red Strat and it sounds like something he would play.

  8. 음악가황지원 says:

    4:09 great guitar sound!!!

  9. Yure Hayoata says:

    Eu quero uma !!!!!

  10. enjoythesilence169 says:

    How did you do the drums? Is that in the recording software? Was it just a sample beat?

  11. Brent Berman says:

    I've had my GT a year and didn't know about Pitch Shift @6:10 (d'oh!). Please do more of these tutorials #fender.

  12. Luc Alberts says:


  13. james Doctor says:

    Man, no offense but this sounds bad. I’d rather just use some of the DI stuff available out there

  14. Lawyer Morty says:

    Non metalhead Phil Anselmo

  15. Yves thienpont says:

    Thanks for the clear info.Finally someone who explains it in an understandable way.

    We are not all professionals, hey.

  16. Neeraj Narayan says:

    I just have one question sir, where is the output of the audio interface connected to??

  17. jack crazy says:

    So builtfull sound

  18. QLYDE says:

    Can we please get a Upgraded Mustang Model for 2020??

  19. Exyt says:

    Hi, I'd like to play electric guitar with headphones. And since I'm not convinced with the sound quality of direct headphones out of this amp, it seems that the best solution for sound quality is combo amp (like Fender GT-100) > XLR output to Audio interface > Headphone out. So, 1/ Is that right ?
    If yes, I have some more questions :
    2/ is a focurite scarlett 2i2 audio interface ok ?
    3/ can I use it without being plugged in computer, direct headphone monitoring only ?
    4/ what about sound quality ? Will it feel oversaturated, high tone and compressed, like iPod headphones plugged in an combo amp ?
    5/ does that sound quality issue could be fixed (with or without audio interface) with a high impedance headset, like DT 770 pro at 250 ohms ?
    6/ Does the fender GT-100 could be used as an audio interface, sending natural electric guitar sound (with no effects) to the computer through USB connection, effects being applied in the DAW and monitored through monitoring speakers connected to the computer ?

    Thank you for your help 😉

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