How to Record Guitar

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There are a thousand ways to record and mix guitars. Every guitarist has a sound and every mixing engineer has specific mixing tricks that he likes using to draw forward the true character of the guitar. In these tuts you'll find helpful guidelines about recording, EQ, compression and mixing both acoustic and electric guitars.

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  • Recording
    How to Record the Acoustic GuitarThumb
    Recording acoustic instruments can be scary for beginners. In this day and age many people just plug in and play their instruments, electric guitars, basses and synths, never needing to record an instrument except the odd vocal track. True as it may be that we get better sounds out our guitar plug-ins and software synths with every update, we must not forget how to record a “proper” instrument, in the real world. Read More…
  • Instruments
    The Acoustic Guitar: From Recording to the Finished ProductMusic and audio
    Ah the sweet sound of the acoustic guitar. Who doesn't like a punchy and driving acoustic rhythm guitar, or a lazy chordal strum to accent a singer's elaborate lyrics. In this premium tutorial I'll go through the steps needed for a nice sounding guitar production. You will learn how to use different microphone positions to get a different sound, overdubbing or repairing a badly recorded guitar track as well as a plethora of mixing tricks needed to get a great sounding acoustic guitar track up and running.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    An Awesome Guide to Guitar MixingMusic and audio
    There are a thousand ways to mix guitars. And no, before I disappoint, this tutorial does no include one thousand mixing tips. Every guitarist has a sound and every mixing engineer has specific mixing tricks that he likes using to draw forward the true character of the guitar. At least the sound of the guitar he hears in his head.Read More…
  • General
    10 Great Tuts About Recording Electric GuitarElectric
    Electric guitars are the key ingredient in many musical genres today, adding rhythm, melodies and foundation to many tracks. But capturing a great live sound in the studio isn't simple. Here are 10 great sources of advice, tricks and tips for the next time you're recording electric guitar.Read More…
  • Recording
    Guitar Tones From the 1950s to the MillenniumMusic and audio
    Every decade has its sound. And every guitarist from that era has a specific sound that was popular at the time. Whether it was the rockabilly twang of the fifties, the spring surf of the sixties or any combination of rock sound from the last few decades, every decade has something that's inherent to them. Throughout this Premium tutorial I'm going to go through what guitar sound stood out in each decade, going through the history of the guitar tones as well as showing you how to achieve them yourself.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    Easy Fixes for Modelled Guitar - BasixPrev
    One of the most frequently given pieces of engineering advice is something along the lines of "never fix something in the mix if you have the opportunity to get it right at the very beginning". Put another way, it's usually unwise to rely on EQ and other post-processing to get the sound you want. This is great advice, and wherever possible I like to mimic "real world" recording processes when I'm working digitally. To that end, paradoxically, I think it's often necessary to disregard, or at least re-interpret, that advice.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    Quick Tip: Turn Your Guitar Into a Bass with Logic 8Thumb
    Writing and recording your own music is an addictive hobby and, as your skills and ambitions grow, it’s not uncommon to find that there’s always yet one more piece of equipment you need to create the sounds you need. Like most people, until that lottery win comes in, I have to make-do with what I have but, rather than being a limitation, this can be a great impetus to learn new tricks.Read More…
  • Recording
    How to Record a Professional Electric Guitar SoloThumb
    In this tutorial I am going to show you an easy and great way to record a professional electric guitar solo for your production. The tutorial is geared towards guitarists that already have some experience playing the guitar but are not so technically trained so they can play a fast guitar solo. Read More…
  • Instruments
    Getting The Ultimate Guitar Sound – Part 1Music and audio
    Getting a guitar sound is a never ending search for most guitar players, engineers and producers that winds up taking so much time, and usually too much money, to achieve a result that sometimes only temporary. This series is based around my new book, The Ultimate Guitar Tone Handbook, where I’ll outline why acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, speaker cabinets and effects sound the way they do, and the best way to record and mix them after you’ve gotten the sound.Read More…