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Discussion in 'Recording' started by eightsonstudio, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. ok, so i just recorded some acoustic tracks for a client and it has way too much string noise. no eq was used during the tracking process, i used finger ease and i also tried to d'ess the signals. any other tips, this $*^t is really bad!!!!
    HELP!!!!!! hahaa
    please for real if anyone has any trick fo the trade it would really be apprecitted
  2. Pre Amp

    Pre Amp Guest

    Try some different mics?
    Just a thought.
  3. i used a pair of km184 and a 414 xls
    i have gotten very good results before with this setup, this particular acoustic guitar (or strings rather) are very squeeking and the artist insisted on using it
    any other ideas?
  4. stickers

    stickers Active Member

    Jan 31, 2005
    Lowell MA
    Home Page:
    buy heavier gauge strings maybe...not sure.

    see beinbg a gear slut doesnt always work!
  5. i know!!!! i like the dr coated strings but this dude was instisting on using his month old martin sps. nothing i can really do about it now. i just lowered the neck mic and eqed some highs onto the room
    it worked out all right
    by the way
    sony oxford reverb is the $*^t!!!
  6. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    Flatwound strings
    Better playing technique
  7. playing technique i think is #1
    CANT ARGUE THAT!!!!!!!!!
  8. Dave62

    Dave62 Guest

    I had to deal with this once and we ended up spending an inordinate amount of time drawing out the squeeks with the volume editor and then pasted small regions of room tone (the sound of the room when the artist is not playing) over every noticable volume edit. Cumbersome, but it worked and the client paid for it. Another way is to automate a very tite Q'd EQ and have it engage only on the squeaks at their freq, but this is very time consuming also. Good Luck.
  9. took-the-red-pill

    took-the-red-pill Active Member

    Jan 10, 2005
    Near Clagary
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    I had this happen and it turned out that playing technique(of which I have little) and mic choice(which are limited here) were the culprit.

    I found the biggest thing was that I had been hooked on sliding that whole chord up, when if I did it in a different way the whole thing sounded as good, but there wasn't this horrific SSSCRAAAAAAWWWKK sound.

    Anyway, instead of ditching the track I decided to use it as a learning experience. Just for yuks I isolated the squeak, which in my case was worst at right around 2500Hz or so. I used the automation and created a large drop at that frequency, like 9-12dB or so, right at the right time and then back up to normal. I suppose much like a de-esser would, but I set it up to occur slightly before the squeak instead of relying on the squeak itself to trigger. I won't say it was perfect but it was a vast improvement over the original, and there was more control than what I could get from my de-esser anyway.

    It's worth farting around with.

    I have also killed plosives in a similar fashion(in a band setting, where there are enough other distractions going on to get away with it)

    So really what I'm saying here is that what comes out of my 'studio' is full of string squeaks, plosives, and various other rude noises that I then have to try to fix, or choose to just for fun... Betcha can't wait to hear my stuff huh? :wink:


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