Hi & welcome to another AAA Sound Design Top Tip

For this tutorial I will be looking at how to EQ an electric guitar. This is very different to EQing an acoustic guitar so there are different ‘rules of thumb’ that apply. Electric guitar recordings are dependent on a number of factors amplifier, microphone and even player will come into play

Top Tip 1 : Remove the Low end – As with an acoustic guitar you don’t want to muddy the low end of the mix. There is nothing of any use for me under 70Hz. I would make my cut here and add a High Pass filter with a steep (48dB slope)

Top Tip 2 : Often around the 3ooHz (Lower Mid) range you will find unwanted frequencies that you don’t want in the mix. Use a bell curve and sweep the filter around these frequencies with 6dB of gain until you find the offending frequencies and make a cutwith a fairly narrow bandwidth to get rid of these frequencies

Top Tip 3 : The “warmth” of the guitar lives around the 150 – 200Hz range so a slight boost here can be beneficial

Top Tip 4 : Between the frequencies of around 300Hz and 800Hz is where the character of the guitar can be found. Whilst it can be tempting to boost these frequencies I often find by bringing them down slightly the guitar will fit better in the mix otherwise these frequencies become dominated by the guitar

Top Tip 5 : Add abit of bite, attack or punch to the guitar by boosting the frequencies around the 2 – 4KHz range

Top Tip 6 : I personally find little of any use above 8KHz so this is where I would usually apply a steep slope High cut

Often in tracks there are many electric guitars competing for space not only with the other instruments but also with each other. That is why it is so important to EQ the guitar in the mix as well as on its own. The mix is the most important thing so if some of the character of the guitar has to be compromised for the sake of the overall mix don’t be afraid to do so

I hope you have found this tutorial interesting? feel free to discuss, disagree, comment below & please do check back next week for the next in the edition



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