ProRMP™ Development

Reamping began in the earliest days of recording and gained roots when bands such as the Beatles and Steely Dan used the process. Engineer and producer John Cuniberti patented the first dedicated Reamp in the 1990s and in 2010 Radial acquired the rights to the patent and trade name.

The process involves taking a pre-recorded track and playing it back through a guitar amplifier and/or a series of effects pedals. Because the process of Reamping requires multiple tracks, it could only be done in large commercial studios where 24 track recorders were used. The advent of digital recording, followed by greater computing power, soon brought multitrack recording to the masses. And today, unlimited tracks make it possible for studios of all sizes to benefit from Reamping.

The Radial ProRMP was developed to address this growing market. It is basically a more affordable version of the Radial Reamp JCR and designed to be plug & play easy to use. The passive design features an XLR input that connects from the recorder. The ProRMP's output is a standard ¼" jack. This is used to feed a guitar amp or pedals. A recessed 'set & forget' level control lets you fine tune the signal level going into the amp.

Reamping presents several advantages during the recording process:

  • Capture the magic of the performance, not the sound. This way you are not tiring out the musician after countless repetitions. Each track sounds fresh and exciting.
  • Change the amplifier, tone settings or even add pedals any time after the original has been recorded. You can always Reamp later if you are not satisfied with the sound.
  • Experiment with mic placement or even moving the amps to a different room to capture the ideal tone, feel and room vibe. Add more than one mic for fun.
  • Capture clean tracks when performing live and then replace the tracks by Reamping later in the studio. This way, you can capture the performance yet achieve studio level sound quality.
  • Editing a clean (dry) track such as changing the pitch of fixing the timing is much easier than working with a wet distorted one. By capturing the most exciting performance you can truly fix it in the mix!
  • No more bothering neighbors or sleeping kids. Quietly record a clean 'scratch track' at night and then Reamp it via the ProRMP to a blasting guitar amp the next day.
  • Reamp bass, drums, keyboards and voice. Now you can add extra character to each track while still being able to keep as much of the original as you like and simply mix it in to suit.
  • Add natural room ambiance to any track by Reamping it through a guitar amp or PA cabinet into a basement, hallway or even your bathroom!
  • Add studio effects such as compressors, EQs, delays or reverbs before your amp to experiment with the new tones that these high end devices can create.
  • By keeping the original clean track, you can always go back and Reamp it to suit the recording as it progresses ahead. (You also get a safety back-up track should disaster occur!)

Reamping ensures that the same guitar sounds can be used even if the players change. This of course was part of the process used by various bands or record labels that wanted to retain the sound but improve the performance. A great trick to say the least!

With a bit of practice and some creative ingenuity, great recordings can now be produced in almost any studio!