burrying a click track

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by theSOUNDofTRAGEDYstudio, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. it seems that i have a click leak in the headphones while recording acoustic music. any advice on how to burry it with out ruining the acoustic guitar tracks? like always, thanks for your time.

  2. cusebassman

    cusebassman Active Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    Could you elaborate just a bit? When you are recording let's say an acoustic guitar open-mic'd, I would assume you mean you are playing a click track through the headphones to follow along. However, where is the bleed coming? Is the sound from the headphones so loud that the acoustic guitar mic is picking it up? In that case, perhaps a visual metronome would be more the ticket. I don't know how common they are, but I've seen metronomes that have both sound and a blinking light, and you can enable both, or just one or the other. I can't think of any other situations off the top of my head, so I'll be lookin for your reply!
  3. yes, the click bled from the headphones into the acoustic guitar tracks. its in a few of the track, but when all the tracks are played together, it is obviously,during quiet parts or ringouts, noticable. any suggestions?

    thanks, eric
  4. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    what kind of headphones are you using?
  5. i had the same problem, caused by poor headphone isolation. Many headphones are marketed for their isolation abilities - keeping outside sound out, but what you're looking for are headphones that keep the inside sound in. I got a pair of Sennheiser HD280s - problem solved.
  6. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
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    Bring up the click track solo.
    Dump the EQ with as narrow of an Q as you've got.
    Sweep it until you've eliminated as much of the click as you can.
    Note the settings.

    Dupe the click track with the phase inverted.
    Add it in using the reverse of the swept narrow Q, in small bits until you can eliminate as much as possible.

    You proobably can't eliminate ALL of it, but you can sure kill enough to get a decent mix.

    Good luck,

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