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Mixing Tips and Tricks 3/9 Tips for Guitar Recording

2016/05/20

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This online course shows the process of mixing this song.

▲ZENRYOKU syndrome - Words, Music, Arrangement and Guitar by choro

 

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▲The Amplifier choro Used - LINE6 SPIDER Ⅱ 15

 

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choro

This amplifier is about 8 inches wide. It's a whole a lot smaller than ones I usually use for lives. I use this type for the first time... but let's give it a try!

 

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Sho Uehara

I've never used this type, either. But the sound is much better than I expected. No problems!

 

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choro

Sho, I see two microphones in front of the amplifier. For lives, one microphone usually but for recording I often see two microphones. What are they for?

 

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Sho Uehara

I always use SHURE SM58 and SENNHEISER MD421 for guitar recording. SM58 for bright sounds and MD420 for muffled sounds and I compose them on mixing.

With these microphones, mid-low range will be recorded for sure which gives sound an impact. When I use one microphone, SHURE SM57 is the best choice for good balance.

 

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▲The Effecters choro Used (R to L  Tuner, Clean Booster, Overdrive)

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▲AONEKO/33v Clean Booster CB-1

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▲AONEKO/33v Booster Plus+ BP-1

 

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choro

Here we are at the mixing room. Engineer give directions to musicians from here.

 

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Sho Uehara

 

Here, at Studio Happiness, Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is Cubase.

The monitor on the left is for editing. The recorded sound will be displayed here.
The monitor on the right is for mixing.
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choro

Here, I'm in the recording booth now.

A musician will be locked up in suck a small room to play the instrument.

 

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Sho Uehara

Playing alone in a recording booth makes you feel so lonely.

And the walls of the room absorb the sound, so the atmosphere is heavy.

When I turn on the talk-back switch in the mixing room, my voice will be heard through the musician's headphone.

 

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choro

I always wonder what's going on in there, what the people are talking about.

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Sho Uehara

I always be really careful about when to turn it on.

If I turn it on when other people with me were laughing about some other thing, the musician might think that he/she is laughed at.

The musicians should be a little nervous on recording. I think engineers must care about such things for better recording.
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choro

This is me on recording.

Today I'm going to explain some of my recorded tracks.

▲Egt1_Rhy

 

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choro

I liked the distortion of the amplifier, so I used it for the backing guitar.

I‘m always thinking, the sound recorded with a microphone and the sound directly from the amplifier, they are so much different, aren't they?

When I heard the recorded sound, I asked you if it's got to much low-frequency sound...remember?

 

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Sho Uehara

Yes, there is, but it's OK. When you hear the sound directly from the amplifier, you also hear the echo of the room. On the other hand, the microphone would be set very close to the cabinet. The sounds should be much different.

Some of the engineers set the microphone in the center of the recording room to get the echo of the room. Off-mic or ambience, so called.

On recording,I try to collect low-frequency sound as much as possible. Low-frequency sound of the guitar is very very important to give an impact for the song.

I can cut it down, but I can't add it up.

So, I always use MD421, which is good at low-frequency sound. How I mix the tracks with it makes the low-frequency sound of the guitar.

▲Egt1_Rhy_Dbl

 

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choro

This is double tracking. I played the same as the "Egt1_Rhy."

I understand double tracking makes the music thick and massive, am I right?

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Sho Uehara

Well, you will hear the same sound from the left speaker and the right speaker, so the sound should be massive.

It's often the case that one guitar for the first verse and two guitars for the chorus(Sabi) part for massive effect.


▲Egt_Lead [Intro & Chorus]
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choro

Lead guitar, I recorded it with my overdrive. I thoght the distortion of the overdrive was more suitable for the lead guitar.

The lead guitar has duplications for the introduction. The chorus part is so called "choro-bushi(phrases uniquely original)."

 

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Sho Uehara

It sure is! And it's so cool!
Different tone from that of the backing guitar gives the stereoscopic effect.
The lead guitar should stand out.


▲Egt2_Rhy

 

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choro

This is something we came up with at the recording. This wasn't planed in the first place.

Engineers often request on recording, don't they?

 

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Sho Uehara

I sure do it as an engineer.
The ranges of the lead guitar and the backing guitar are rather apart. I wanted to put something in between.

I asked you to play eighth notes, because the backing guitar has some rests. This is to fill the rests.
On mixing, I'll adjust it to make the sound stereoscopic.


▲EgtRecRough-Zenryokushoujyou

 

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choro

This is what we rough mixed on the recording.
I'm curious to listen and compare with line recording. And with other instruments tracks.

 

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Sho Uehara

The sound of the recording with an amp is deeper and bolder, I always think. I added the demo backing guitar slightly. It's even better!

Now I feel gap between the recorded guitar and programmed drum and bass. Adjusting the drum and bass suitable for the guitar is what we're going to do next. The guitar has tremendous power, so it's going to be a little difficult work.

 

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