rhythm - lead guitar?

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Member Since: Mar 16, 2005

i need tips how to get two distorted guitars to stand out in the mix and not blend together.
a rythm and a lead guitar.

different amps and stuff, i know. but is there any basic frequency on the rythm guitar for example?

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Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Mar 16, 2005 07:57 pm

i usually eq the rythem guitar a bit more bassy than the lead....use different mics if you're gonna be usin' the same guitar/amp combo. also paning goes a long way here too.

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Since: Aug 26, 2004

Mar 16, 2005 09:05 pm

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This really helped me split up all the Mid-range stuff.

Since: Jul 02, 2003

Mar 17, 2005 01:33 am

In the case of rythm vs lead guitar I use a combo of Volume, which is usually the #1 thing, you have extra headroom available when no vocals are going on so use it, EQ, though usually I already have this pretty much where I want it when I record it, Panning to taste but leads I usually have sounding centered, along with left and right sound to really fill the field , Effects, you have to be careful with flange/chorus type effects you can easily start canceling each other out if you get the wrong phasing going on between them.


Since: Jan 12, 2004

Mar 17, 2005 07:11 am

I like to (in many cases) double track my rhythm geetars left and right around half n half ish.

I pan my geetar solos STRAIGHT DOON THE MIDDLE of the stereo field where the vocal would sit (as OldDog says - good points there btw) and replace where the vox would be with the solo.

Its all good...add a little comp if needed and voila. If yer using effects, a combo of chorus-flange or chorus-delay is often good or just one of these tho I would NEVEr try chorus-delay-flanger - could be very thin sounding as OD points out too.

Good luck to ya


Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Mar 17, 2005 10:23 am

I like using the PSP warmer multiband compresser. You can fine tune the tone of each guitar while using the compression to make room for each guitar re: frequency content. As per WYD, I find that the rythum guitar usually has a very desirable mid-low frequency content and the lead is usually more focused on higher tones.

I will usually take both tracks and work them over in PSP while solo'ing the track, then play them together and make fine tuned adjustments to get them to 'stand out' in the mix. I can usually do this without loosing any of the desirable character or either guitar.

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