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softening an in your face recorded acoustic?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by jazzbass12, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. jazzbass12

    jazzbass12 Active Member

    I have an "in your face" finger picked acoustic guitar track that I need to soften. Any tips or advise as to how to do this? The guitar cant be retracked. I need to try and make it work.

    I have Waves Diamond and UAD card with all mixing plugs activated.

    I have fooled with comp and eq..
    Thanks for helping a newbie.
  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Softened? As in attack? Have you tried Waves Trans-X?

    Also, please don't double post.
  3. jazzbass12

    jazzbass12 Active Member

    I have not tried that. I do have it. Any suggestions as to what settings? Never really used it.
    Sorry about the double post. Didnt know I did that. Unless you meant the duplicate I posted in home studio.

    Thanks :D
  4. jazzbass12

    jazzbass12 Active Member

    Wow,,working with Trans X now.. There is a good starter preset in the Trans X wide for accst. softener..
  5. For an acoustic that really in your face and jumpy, I usually just use a basic compressor, with the attack set as short as you can get it - like .5ms or so.
    I use about a 4:1 ratio with the level set low enough to tame it. I use my ears at that point with my eyes closed.

    The other thing with acoustic too, is to make sure that you HPF all the low end crap out that doesn't really add anything more than extraneous thud and clutter. I tend to pull stuff out below 400Hz rolled-off to taste.

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