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Go to mixing techniques for electric guitars ?

Postby maartenl945 » Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:07 am

I recently did a video on mixing the guitars for a new song on my YouTube channel Lanewood Studios. I know how you mix guitars is obviously dependant on the recordings, the song, the style, etc.... but do you guys have any go to techniques that have often worked for you ?
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Re: Go to mixing techniques for electric guitars ?

Postby worshiptuned » Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:00 pm

maartenl945 wrote: do you guys have any go to techniques that have often worked for you ?

As a guitarist, the first advice I would provide to other guitarists is: lower the volume and thin that guitar :round1: !!! In my mixes I always tend to raise too much the volume of guitars and I would like it's always the fattest and clearly heard instrument, in the top spot of the mix, which is wrong.
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Re: Go to mixing techniques for electric guitars ?

Postby maartenl945 » Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:10 pm

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maartenl945 wrote: do you guys have any go to techniques that have often worked for you ?

As a guitarist, the first advice I would provide to other guitarists is: lower the volume and thin that guitar :round1: !!! In my mixes I always tend to raise too much the volume of guitars and I would like it's always the fattest and clearly heard instrument, in the top spot of the mix, which is wrong.

Yes that’s good advice. You tend to focus on your own instrument a bit more.
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Re: Go to mixing techniques for electric guitars ?

Postby blinddrew » Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:14 pm

The other general advice is turn down the distortion. It's easy to add back in afterwards but generally you need less than you'd need live.
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Re: Go to mixing techniques for electric guitars ?

Postby maartenl945 » Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:19 pm

blinddrew wrote:The other general advice is turn down the distortion. It's easy to add back in afterwards but generally you need less than you'd need live.

Yes I’ve definitely experienced that myself as well. Less distortion is usually better.
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Re: Go to mixing techniques for electric guitars ?

Postby manwilde » Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:23 pm

I´d also add the importance of a well set hipass filter. It´s not the same as cutting the lows on your amp prior to recording. Both work in conjuction.
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Re: Go to mixing techniques for electric guitars ?

Postby Sam Inglis » Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:37 pm

Making a guitar work in the mix is 90 percent about tuning.
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Re: Go to mixing techniques for electric guitars ?

Postby maartenl945 » Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:20 pm

manwilde wrote:I´d also add the importance of a well set hipass filter. It´s not the same as cutting the lows on your amp prior to recording. Both work in conjuction.

Yes and not only for guitars, although I do know that is a contentious topic ;).
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Re: Go to mixing techniques for electric guitars ?

Postby maartenl945 » Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:23 pm

Sam Inglis wrote:Making a guitar work in the mix is 90 percent about tuning.

As in "make sure you are in tune" ? I had kind of assumed that is a given, but maybe you mean something else.

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Re: Go to mixing techniques for electric guitars ?

Postby Murray B » Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:28 pm

I'm fairly new to 'engineer' side of recording, but this is what has worked for me...

With tracking:

Old school double tracking for Rhythm guitars. Takes a bit of planning to get right if it's a complex part.

+ all of the above comments re low end and easing off the distortion.

Depending on the track and if I'm recording via a amp and my effects board - compression on the way in via a pedal
Always record a DI as well as the mic on the amp.
When I'm adding more parts for texture etc, use different chord voicing, put a capo on, just play octaves.
You can't put too many duvet's around the amp and mic if you are recording at home, but give your valve amp a chance to cool down every now and again. :angel:
Lots of takes so the I can comp the best version.

On mixing

Use the comps or edit to get the best timing - audio quantising tends to make things worse. Noise gates should be approached with care and your track will probably stand a bit of noise when everything else is running. Watch out for resonances from the guitar amp and notch them out if need be.

What did you recommend in your video?
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Re: Go to mixing techniques for electric guitars ?

Postby blinddrew » Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:40 pm

If you've got multiple guitar parts concurrently then i find it helps to focus them on different areas of the frequency spectrum. This is as much about composition as mixing though.
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Re: Go to mixing techniques for electric guitars ?

Postby Murray B » Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:17 pm

Sam Inglis wrote:Making a guitar work in the mix is 90 percent about tuning.

Agreed, no amount of processing will make an out of tune guitar sound right in a mix :D
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Re: Go to mixing techniques for electric guitars ?

Postby Sam Inglis » Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:38 am

maartenl945 wrote:
Sam Inglis wrote:Making a guitar work in the mix is 90 percent about tuning.

As in "make sure you are in tune" ? I had kind of assumed that is a given, but maybe you mean something else.

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Yes exactly. It's so easy to accidentally end up recording a take where the tuning isn't spot on, either because it has slipped since the last time you tuned, or because there's too much pressure with the fretting hand in some places, or whatever.
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Re: Go to mixing techniques for electric guitars ?

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:47 am

This is true for any guitar player, when the adrenaline is pumping there's a risk you'll squeeze just a little bit harder with your fretting hand which can easily bugger the tuning of a chord or note, especially on a lightly strung electric guitar. Being relaxed is the best/only solution as accurate tuning/intonation is dependent on consistent/correct fretting pressure.
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Re: Go to mixing techniques for electric guitars ?

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:42 am

Murray B wrote:
Sam Inglis wrote:Making a guitar work in the mix is 90 percent about tuning.

Agreed, no amount of processing will make an out of tune guitar sound right in a mix :D

...although adding some mild chorus FX is always a useful last resort if you can't correct the pitch directly ;)


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