How to start guitar mixing?

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  1. Jolo5150

    Jolo5150 Well-Known Member

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    I need to know the basics of guitar mixing to make a decent quality demos. I have this programs pod farm and mixcraft 5.
     
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    1) There is no such thing as "guitar mixing". You mix the guitar tone for the whole mix. If making good guitar tone for a mix is what you want to know that's a different question.

    2) Good bass tone is between 25% -> 50% of good guitar tone in a mix.

    3) Use as little gain as possible.

    4) Roll of the low end depending on your tuning.

    5) Roll off the high end

    6) Just re-iterating. LESS GAIN.

    7) The midrange is where the body of your guitar tone is. So don't scoop the mids if you want clear guitar tone.

    8) You don't need much compression on guitars as high gain guitars are naturally compressed by the distortion.

    9) Double track, quad track, do whatever you can while still being tight with lower gain for bigger sounds.

    10) Remove frequencies rather than adding them. Find the sweetspot of the guitar tone and remove a little of that from other instruments.
     
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    Ryan-ZenGtr- SS.org Regular

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    If your a musician and songwriter your better off finding someone to help you in person and save the time and expense learning.

    Perhaps a studio would be quicker and help you get revenue from your music sooner?

    It takes a lot of time and effort to learn to make good demos. If your willing to learn; use the search function on the site, ask questions and post sound clips so help can be offered.

    Good luck! :D

    @KingAenarion; nice post!
     
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    asilayamazing SS.org Regular

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    so if you record with less gain and double or quad track does it sound like high gain or?
     
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    When you use less gain and double or quad track the guitar will sound "bigger" while still sounding clear. And keep in my mind that every guitar track you add the gain adds up so you wouldn't want to have alot of gain for each track since it would end up being way more gain than it really needs to have and wont sound clear...although some people like that sound depending on the style of music haha. But for clear and big sounding guitars roll off that gain.
     
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    thanks to all for the tips :yesway:
     
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    Get POD farm they said, it'll be fun they said.

    Cut, cut, cut, all dat low and high end.
    Gain below 5, 5 is pushing it still TBH.
    Most importantly whether you decide to double or quad track your guitars, track both sides as tight as you can, that goes for the bass too. Tighter the playing the easier it is to mix and better it will sound.
     
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    ShreddingDragon Silence the discord

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    Yeah. If you can get perfect takes, basically almost any tone will sound "good, just different". That's how I often feel anyway. In other words, you'll have a lot easier time finding a tone that sounds GREAT.

    You can easily practice finding a good tone by recording some riff that you can play very well. Way below your maximum skill. That way you ensure that poor playing isn't hindering the end product sound. When you have doubled a well played riff, you can play around with settings via POD Farm or amp sims. Turning down the gain, high/lowpassing etc, all those basic tricks.
     
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    EDIT: Sorry, double post. Browsed freaked out.
     
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    really?:deadhrse: this post is so old...
     
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    Really! :shred:
     

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