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The guitars in the Session were playing through out the entire record; basically a 4 bar loop. Something that plays that much throughout a song can become pretty boring.
You need to have a strong vocal and interesting melody to make sure that the listener wants to continue listening. But beyond that a little spice in the mix doesn’t hurt either, so that’s what I tried to do.
The sound of the guitar is complete with 3 different parts – 2 are playing the same thing. The 2 identical guitars are carrying the chord progression for the song while the high pitched guitar is just there to add an interesting sound and vibe to the guitar group.
Let’s take a listen to what they sound like RAW:
This is track “GTR Hi”[audio:https://modernmixing.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/GTR-Hi-Raw.mp3|titles=GTR Hi Raw]
This is tracks “GTR 1” & “GTR 2” together
Okay so now lets put them together and see what they sounds like:[audio:https://modernmixing.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/All-guitars-Nothing.mp3|titles=All guitars Raw]
With all 3 guitars together it sounds much better than when they play by themselves but the sound is still lacking something. They still seem to be a bit dull, there’s no real life to them. This track is meant to have a Pop vibe to it so these guitars need to speak a little bit more to the listener.
Another reason for using this plugin is so that I could get the tone to match a little bit closer to the other 2 guitars. This makes my life a whole lot easier so that when I send it to a bus I can get the exact tone I am looking for.
Before Waves C1[audio:https://modernmixing.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/GTR-Hi-Satson.mp3|titles=GTR Hi Before Waves C1]
After Waves C1[audio:https://modernmixing.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/GTR-Hi-Satson-C1.mp3|titles=GTR Hi After Waves C1]
Treble (Bite) – I have this engaged because I wanted some mid range boost. It’s just half way up which is stock for this plugin.
Compress (Push) – this is a form of parallel compression but it also sounds like its adding some mid-high end EQ to the sound. Since this fader is very sensitive I have it only about a 1/4 the way up.
Reverb (Club) – this fader represent the reverb that’s built into the plugin. this one has the shortest decay of the 3 and since this song is more pop, I went with that option. To be honest, you could probably leave this one off and it would sound just fine.
Delay (Edge) – This guitar sounded too stationary so the edge delay helped to give the guitar a little bounce which helped breath some life into it.
Before Waves CLA Gutiars[audio:https://modernmixing.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/All-guitars-Satson-Bus.mp3|titles=Main Guitar Buss Before Waves CLA Gutiars]
AfterWaves CLA Gutiars[audio:https://modernmixing.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/All-guitars-CLA.mp3|titles=Main Guitar Buss After Waves CLA Gutiars]
There was something about the dynamics on these guitars that I didn’t like and this every compressor I tried just wasn’t cutting it. Then I pulled this plugin out and it helped to not only control some of the dynamics but it also gave it a rhythm that didn’t exist before.
It worked really well when the vocals came in so I decided to keept it.
Before Bomb Factory 76[audio:https://modernmixing.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/All-guitars-CLA.mp3|titles=Main Guitar Buss Before Bomb Factory 76]
After Bomb Factory 76[audio:https://modernmixing.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/All-guitars-CLA-BF76.mp3|titles=Main Guitar Buss After Bomb Factory 76]
So with a few steps were adding in some colour and giving the guitars more life. Even though every situation is different, maybe next time you are mixing a pop record you can take some ideas from me and use them in your session.
YouTube Video Source: How to Mix Acoustic Guitars
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