Recording Clean Guitar

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Member Since: Aug 17, 2003

Hey folks... I have a question for y'all. I was wondering what the EQ curve would generally be like for recording a clean guitar part direct.

Should the curve be fairly flat? Mine tend to be high at about 250 Hz and slowly drop off until about 7-8 Khz where it almost totally drops off...

Is this normal? I am just trying to get a feel of how I should go about EQ'ing my guitar parts.
I am asuming that I should probably roll off at the 250 Hz?

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sloppy dice, drinks twice
Since: Aug 05, 2003

Aug 26, 2003 01:57 pm

I'm a big fan of the "fiddle-with-the-knobs-until-it-sounds-good" technique.... :) hahaha
Seriously, I'm pretty non-tech about this aspect of recording. If I'm recording a single guitar track only in a piece, I'll probably give the bass and treble ends a boost, like a gentle bell curve. The mids will typically be at the bottom, a little below the halfway point.
If I'm doing multiple tracks of guitar, then I try to use the eq to give each track a different, but complementary feel - as in, maybe boost the mids and bass while cutting the treble on a background rhythym track and cut the bass, leave the mids, and boost the treble on a guitar solo or a "cha-cha-chung" chorded acoustic part. The more parts I record, the more specific I get about which bands I boost for which guitars.
Maybe not the technical answer you wanted... blueninjastar has an article about eq'ing that I found really interesting, if you haven't already seen that. (I know it was mentioned on another thread recently)

Since: Jul 17, 2003

Aug 26, 2003 11:56 pm

i personly don't use any EQ's when im recording. i like to record the raw sound as it is then mix each track down ading EQ latter on then a final master mix

Bane of All Existence
Since: Mar 27, 2003

Aug 27, 2003 01:42 am

when tracking, it is good to have a good EQ, and then do final touches during the mix with software EQ. but in terms of working on a limited budget, EQs seem to be fairly far down on the list of necessary gear.

when EQ'ing any guitar, it's important to make sure that the bass and vocals and whatever else has plenty of room:

a.k.a. Porp & Mr. Muffins
Since: Oct 09, 2002

Aug 27, 2003 02:30 pm

I wouldn't cut those mids too much, though. They are very important in achieving a full sound. It may sound great on studio monitors, but watch out when you play it on a stereo. Something will seem very lacking. If the guitar doesn't fill in that void, what will? The drums (especially the bass drum) sound best with the mids cut out, the vocals only fill in a bit around that area, and the bass usually sounds best EQ'd like the drums. Don't take off too much mids on the guitar or it will just end up sounding thin.

I personally record flat and eq a little right after the track is done. Then I eq everything to get it to fit together just right after all the tracks are down.

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