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need help making my riff stand out in the mix!!!!

Discussion in 'Recording' started by COLUMBIA_05, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. COLUMBIA_05

    COLUMBIA_05 Guest

    i have loud, heavily distorted rhythm guitar panned full left and full right... and i have a fairly simple riff played at several points during the song

    right now i have it right in the centre or the mix.... but it still gets lost among the other guitars, and sounds too trebly when i turn up the fader

    i've tried to do some EQ and compression to it which has helped a bit, but i really need this riff to stand out and sound really good, without losing the loudness and distortion of the other guitars

    any help would be appreciated! cheers
  2. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Can you post an mp3? I'd like to hear it to see if I can offer any help.
  3. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    Slightly reduce the rhythm guitars when the riff occures. Sort of manual ducking. It will probably only take a db or so to help the riff be heard better.

  4. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Take a bit of the EQ around the 800hz out of the backing guitars and add it to the riff guitar...and ride the faders like littledog said.
  5. COLUMBIA_05

    COLUMBIA_05 Guest

    thanks for the suggestions everyone!
  6. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    Try a short, barely audible delay... something like a 32nd note... it should make the "riff" stand out better.

    Next time you record something like "the riff" try using a different guitar, different amp and different signal path to record it... that will also help it stand out in a balance.
  7. Reggie

    Reggie Distinguished Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Heavily distorted guitars usually seem to take up more sonic space in my experience. Perhaps if it isn't too late you could rerecord the rhythm tracks with less gain than you think you need, especially since you have it double tracked. I find this will let you hear more of the "growl" of the guitar and less of the fuzz of the distortion. But of course, no way any of us can know without hearing your specific case.

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