If you’re frequently recording electric guitar or bass ‘direct’ to your sound card and are not satisfied with the sound (hum, buzz, thin tone, etc.), maybe what you need is a direct box ?
I’ve tried a few (admittedly not the high-end ones like Radial engineering and the like), and thought some of my tone was getting lost somewhere, when I stumbled upon this great project designed by Bo Hansen.
So I designed a pcb to fit a 9045 Neve-input transformer replica made by Audiomaintenance and built the thing, and that was it – instant smile effect.
The circuit fits in a Hammond 1590bb die-cast aluminium enclosure, just be careful with your measurements before reaching for the drill, there’s not much margin for error.
Enjoy, it’s easy to build and gives great results !