Building upon one of my older articles, Top 10 Guitar Mixing Techniques, here are even more tips and tricks to make your electric guitar sound better in your mix.
1. Long Release on Chords – For a longer, more sustained sound for chords, use a long release on your compressor. Think if it this way: the longer the release, the longer the sustain of the chords.
2. Fast Attack to Reduce String Sound – Compression is used to create shape, it’s not just used to control the volume. A really fast attack really pushes down on the initial strum, resulting in a more pad-like sound.
If you combine a fast attack with a fast/medium release you’ll end up with a chord that seems to wash over you, especially if you hit the chords(and your compressor) hard.
3. Re-amp if Needed – Re-amping means routing your performance from your DAW into an amp and recording it again. If you recorded a great performance through a guitar emulator and you’re not satisfied with the sound, re-amping is a great way to give your electric guitar more depth. It’s a perfect way to tweak a great performance that has a lackluster sound.
4. Cut at 800 Hz – I always seem to dip a little at 800 Hz, it takes the cheap sound away. Especially if I’m working with cheap guitars.
5. EQ the reverb - Reverb is the number one culprit when it comes to a muddy mix. This trick is applicable to any instrument, but make sure to filter out some of the low-end of your reverb send when mixing electric guitar. It’ll still give your guitar space and depth, but without the unnecessary muddiness.
6. Use subgroups – If you’re working with many similar guitar track, grouping them together makes mixing a lot easier. This is one of the most important advice I can give. It’s simple but extremely important. Bus, route and group your tracks and suddenly your tracks become more manageable.
7. Use the Right Reverb – Take your time to go throw your reverbs. Choosing the right reverb depends on a lot of things: genre of music, speed of song, type of feel.
You can’t get a large open vocal sound with a small jazzy -club preset. You’re better off with a hall setting. Also, a fast rock song with a cathedral reverb is going to muddy up the mix immediately. So take your time to use the right reverbs for the song.
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