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Music Production School Tips for Great Guitar Tracks

Posted by Josh Hayword

Nov 2, 2012 3:26:49 AM

3 Music Production Tips for Recording Great Guitar Tracks

When it comes to recording electric guitars, things can get a little tricky depending on how many mics you use or whether you plan to re-amp or not, but I'll share some guidelines with you that will help you achieve the sound you're looking for.

Placement
Where you place the microphone in front of the cab directly effects the tones you get from the microphones as well as what type of mic you use...If using a dynamic microphone, remember you will most certainly get proximity effect from close microphone placement which can lead to excess low end.

Remember to let the cab breathe a little and don't be afraid to use a condenser either, you can get some crisp, beautiful sounds with those! Rule of thumb: keep at least 4-6in of space between the speaker and microphone capsule. If you want more room tone/ambiance, move it back.

Record a dry DI track
I personally never re-amp, my philosophy is to get it done right the first time, but there is always a chance the DI can come in use in more ways than one, so make sure you always record a dry DI track while simultaneously recording the distorted tracks.

Tip: DI tracks slipped under distorted tones will enhance pick attack and can make things more articulate. Very common in metal production.

Press the Phase Flip
Never forget to flip the phase on mic #2. You can get some nasty sounding tones if things aren't properly in phase. Alternatively, you can press the phase button in, get the thinnest, terrible sound you can by adjusting placement then flip it and generally expect things to be IN phase once you've gotten placement that gives bad tone. It goes both ways! Weird eh?

There are so many ways to do so many things when you're a recording engineer, you might even point a microphone at a wall or the floor. These three, yet simple and overlooked things will put you on the path to great guitar tones. You don't need 8 mics on 4 cabs to get a huge, unique tone. Proper stereo techniques and doubles will do it.

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Topics: live sound engineering, Music Education, studio tips, Audio Engineering, Recording Engineer, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

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