With your KATANA MKI / MKII amp set up as a USB audio interface in your DAW, you can record your onboard effects and tone settings directly to a DAW audio software track.
With the USB audio feature, you are also able to Reamp the signal of tracks recorded into your DAW.
Reamping is done as a post editing workflow. After you've done your initial guitar track recording, you can go back and use the same guitar track, and route it back through the KATANA in order to adjust or create a new guitar track sound. This is a great time saver, because if you already performed a track well, but want to adjust the guitar/bass/instrument sound in post, Reamping can be very helpful.
*Reamping is defined as: a studio recording technique that involves taking a recorded dry audio track (guitar or bass) and playing it back through a guitar amplifier, then capturing the results by recording the output of the amp to a new track.
You will need to ensure that your Katana MKI / MKII amp firmware is up-to-date, the KATANA USB driver is installed on your computer, and allowed to function.
The drivers relevant to your specific computer OS/operating system can be found on the product Downloads page for your Katana model.
BOSS - BOSS Amplifiers
For example KATANA-50 MKII and KATANA-100 MKII Downloads page.
Please consult your DAW's user manual on how to set up your Katana as the INPUT and OUTPUT in audio settings. To monitor the computer and DAW audio input, you will need to connect headphones to your Katana.
Here's how to Reamp your Katana in your DAW.
1) In your DAW, create a stereo track with INPUT 1 & 2 (Mac) or Primary (Windows).
This will be your Katana's processed / wet effects signal.
2) Create a stereo track with INPUT 2 & 3 (Mac) or Secondary (Windows). This will be your dry signal.
3) Arm the second track for recording, and record a guitar track.
4) Once you have completed a recording, set this track's OUTPUT to OUTPUT 3 & 4 (Mac) or Secondary (Windows).
Turn down or unplug your guitar to avoid any unwanted signal for the next step.
5) Enable your first track (INPUT 1 & 2/Primary) for recording.
Record and play from the start of your track.
Your Reamped signal will now be recorded into INPUT 1 & 2 of the first track.
In many instances, players record two tracks simultaneously in their DAW into each stereo input. Doing so gives them a wet and a dry recorded track.
Then, by duplicating the first track and selecting a new patch or changing effects on your Katana, recording the Reamped signal onto the duplicated track will record the same guitar track under different effects. This is useful for recording the same track/phrase/arrangement with a different sound, without having to re-record and replay the part.