Mixing 8-string guitars

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  1. lundtheconqueror

    lundtheconqueror SS.org Regular

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    Looking for advice and feedback on you guys/gals mix music played on an 8-string?
    I've seen the lows cut, mids cut, highs cut, etc and certainly double and quadrupled tracked.
    What have you had success with, and if you could include if the track(s) were recorded via amp/mic, digitally (Axe-Fx, POD), or insert (Pod Farm, etc), it would be much appreciated.
    Cheers


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    There are so many variables it's really hard to give an exact answer. I will say that the most important thing to consider is having your guitar recording-ready. New strings and a proper set up are vital while capturing the cleanest signal (using a quality DI box or preamp) is next. Being that you're playing in lower registers you'll need to tweak your source tone so that you don't rely on post-eq/compression to pick up the slack when trying to fit it in a mix. If you find yourself over eq'ing I suggest starting over and working on the source of your sound. It's hard to pinpoint what frequencies to cut/boost being that your source tone + pickups are a huge deciding factor in that.

    Also, a great bass guitar tone is the most important aspect of a good guitar tone. :)

    A couple examples of some stuff I've done with my 8:

    https://soundcloud.com/jm2484/who-you-callin-butthead

    https://soundcloud.com/jm2484/metal-foundry-one-shot-death

    https://soundcloud.com/replicasproject/teddy-demo

    Hope this helps!
     
  3. lundtheconqueror

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    Thanks for the feedback, will give those a listen.


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