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Guitar Doubling

Can anyone tell me why when I record two guitar parts with no changes in amp settings or mic positions and pan them both hard to one side it sounds like sh*te(single sounds better than double. Double sounds hollow and distant)? If I pan one hard left and then one around 11 o'clock it sounds fine. Is this some kind of phase issue or frequency boosting thing or what? Do you generally want to change mic positions and/or eq settings on the amp when you double? What am I missing here?


anonymous Tue, 04/11/2006 - 17:41

Well, the only problem with that is I thought you could only have phase issues when you were using two mics at once.....while in this case I am using the exact same setup twice on two takes. Who any rate....I would like to fix the issue as I doubling guitar tracks seems fairly integral to a big, thick guitar sound. Thanks.

CoyoteTrax Wed, 04/12/2006 - 07:18

I totally agree with the others. It may sound ridiculous but phase issues can occur when doubling tracks. However, it could also just simply be a timing and performance issue where the 2 seperate performances just are not spot on and your timing was off enough to creat such a vast chorusing effect that it sounds like phasing when you've panned the 2 fully hard L and R (an issue that can be remedied by panning 1 track just inside "hard L/R) like you've done). Tighten up the performance a bit and see if that helps or compensate by doing what you've already done.

Most multi-tracking applications have a phase button in the Trackview. If you do, try engaging that feature and listen for a difference to verify a phase issue.

Also, you can greatly reduce your chances of introducing phase issues when doubling tracks by tracking in mono versus stereo.

If you track using a mixer, the mixer could have summing issues that cause phase problems. That happens alot. In that case, tracking in true mono would greatly reduce chances of phase being a problem.



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