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December 1, 2011
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Objective
Add a more dynamic feel to dry electric guitar tracks.

Background
Acoustic guitars have a strong dynamic sense because hitting the strings hard increases brightness. You can emulate this effect with dry electric guitars by copying the electric guitar track, feeding it through an expander/highpass filter combination, and mixing in these accentuated, bright peaks with the main guitar track.

STEP 1

Copy the dry guitar track by Ctrl-dragging it into another track.

STEP 2

In the ProChannel, insert the PC4K Expander/Gate before the EQ.

STEP 3

Edit the PC4K parameters: Range around –35 to –40, Release 2.5 seconds, Gate/Sidechain/Fast Attack off, and a high threshold (e.g., –1.0dB) so that only the peaks pass through the expander.

STEP 4

Use the EQ following the PC4K to reduce the lows and boost the highs (try HPF Freq 2.4kHz, Slope 12dB, Gloss on, and one parametric stage set to Freq 6.7kHz, Q 1.0, and level at 12dB).

STEP 5

Adjust the channel levels for the desired balance of dry and processed sounds. The “expanded” channel will probably need to be quite low.

TIPS

  • Step 3: A long release time helps prevent distortion or “fluttering” from the gate opening and closing too rapidly.
  • Step 5: If you solo the processed sound, you should hear only the peaks of your playing.
  • Steps 3 and 4: Experiment for the best results with different guitars, pickups, playing styles, etc.

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