Guitar recording can be hard, weary and needs a sizeable amount of time. Disappointments easily occur. Surrendering is always an issue, thinking that only professional producers can make a decent sound down on tape. This is wrong. Because anyone can get great guitar sound recording if they know what they are doing have some affordable equipment. And the good thing here is you do not have to be a professional producer to obtain the desired ultimate results. You can make this recording at home to save money, save time and avoid stress. These tips can help you record guitar without breaking the bank or crying out in frustration.
Get pretty inexpensive stuffs
You can have a good set-up, especially on the software side of things without spending too much. There are many audio interfaces that come with some kind of DAW or multi-tracking software for free so give considerations on them. This may usually happen on a cut-down version of expensive programs. If you tend to buy pretty expensive software, it pays vigorous try first taking up any purchase. Take advantage on fee trials as well. It can help find the best DAW that suits your style. You can also have the chance to choose a good interface that works best on the hardware you have.
Make sure the guitar is in good condition
Ensuring that the guitar is well-functioned is the first and basic rule. Check out the strings, they should be properly fitted or else change them. Consider also both turning and intonation. If you believe that old dull strings are just fine because you can fix them in the mix, actually you can’t. So make certain that you don’t have any overlapping turns of the string around the turning machine. The turning should slide when you stretch the string. To ensure that the intonation is fine, check the octave turning of the six strings. Always check your turning before every take because it usually drifts on warm studios.
Set the levels right
Find ways to find comfortable set-ups. When recording, you don’t necessarily need to turn high the level control of the interfaces in a way that breaks an ear. In contrary, don’t make a sound that only your butt can hear. The sound coming out from the amp should be great. So check the hum of your guitar first and make sure it matches the equipment. You can always check the level of the sound on the screen.
Rotate your position to find the right angle
Equipment with transformers can cause hum interference especially on electric guitars with single-coil pickups. You can find the angle of least hum in the room by rotating your position and stay far as possible from the interfering equipment. If you are going to use overdrive more you can get the more serious effect of interference. This is usually what happens on most computer monitors with guitar pickups but you can avoid this problem if you keep far from these. Additionally, turning the monitor off can help well. However, if you have an energy-saving monitor the screen may darken but still you can get interference.
Use different guitar types if possible
When recording two or more guitar parts, the different types of guitar are effective to keep the sound separate in the mix. For instance, you can use a single-coil setting for one part and you can apply a humbucker to be put on the other one. If you use less distortion more than playing live sounds, it helps a lot. The guitar sounds easily blend into a confused wall of sound if you don’t consider this trick. Bracket the sounds by using high and low pass filters to narrow the parts of the spectrum. However, you can still make a different sound in the mix only if you have highly expensive and high-tech equipment.
Build a sense of stereo
Processing a mono guitar sound through ambiance reverb program is great to make a stereo. Adding reverb to the sound can create an illusion of space which is not really appropriate. The ambient reverb setting will stimulate the early reflections even without reverb decay additional. For creating a more live sound consider a short gated reverb to make it perfect.
Consider the importance of the amps
Prepare a delicious amp sandwich by using the best amps. Most guitarists often use multiple amps to route their signal, this is because we are not really sure which sounds best until the production is complete. Look on various amp blending techniques by combining the natural sound of several amps to concocting complex. You don’t really have to get a big amp in order to achieve the great sound of guitar recording. Small amps can do enough.
Always do direct monitoring
Track or monitor the guitars. You can do this by recording a mono-rhythm using either a mic on the real amp or a virtual amp. When you achieved a good take, go through the recorded track and tighten up any timing issues. After editing, play it again until the right track is made. If there are any other variables unchanged, change them to increase the stereo width.
The key to getting the great guitar sound is not base in a different kind of equipment; it is in the hands of the engineer. You can have enormous sound results cost multi-million dollars in a very cheap recording studio by doing a constant experiment on some basic recording physics. Try using different mics, try moving closer and further. Check the equipment, check the sound level and monitor the guitar. Make an effort on different angles; try putting the amp in a corner as well as on the concrete, wooden or carpeted floor. In getting expensive guitar sound, you have to mix and match the techniques. The comfortable sound is not that easy to get. Just keep trying. Don’t be afraid experimenting until you successfully got something extreme.