Re-amping is a production technique that is both a creative method used to inspire new drum sounds, as well as a way to bring new life to your tracks that might be letting down the rest of your mix.
In a recording situation, audio signals are usually recorded ‘dry’ or without much processing, through a console or Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). The practice of re-amping involves taking the already recorded signal, routing it back out of a console or DAW, running it through external processing before returning to the editing or mixing environment. This is usually performed on individual tracks, with guitars and drums being the driving forces. Re-amping of other tracks may also be desired, to modify or enhance the tonality or ambience of the source.
Re-amping provides opportunity to alter a track’s sound to improve character, tone and body. If your particular track is the driving force in a song, this practice gives opportunity to add musical energy and modify the imprint of the recording environment on the original audio signal, offering more definition, added depth or even changing the whole aesthetic.
Your tracks can be processed through different types of amplifiers, speakers and effects units in addition to introducing other audio effects such as distortion, sonic filters, compression and harsh EQ for create effects. Common re-amping objectives may include musically motivated amplifier distortion, capturing room tone and resonance, applying effects and adding depth to stereo imaging.
This type of audio signal processing has very few boundaries: it can be used to both improve quality and musicality of any instrument track, as well as for creative processing and modifying tone.