Cleaning up my recorded guitar sounds on Sonar 8.5

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by oskysum, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. oskysum

    oskysum Active Member

    Jan 22, 2011
    Whats the "best" VST plugin to use to clean up my guitar sounds, recorded naturally with an SM57 from a live amp.

    i'm using cakewalk sonar 8.5 but i haven't tried mixing my guitar sounds yet. I have guitar rig, but would you say this was the one to use
  2. jordy

    jordy Active Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Reedsville, PA
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    howdy....what is it that you want cleaned up? if it the distortion, im afraid i dont think anything will clean that up for you. you'll prolly have to rerecord with less distortion.
    if its background noise youre trying to clean up, then a gate may work...or what i do is manually silence the parts where im not playing.

    hope that helped?
  3. mdb

    mdb Active Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Okanagan, Canada
    When you record, do it with a clean DI signal as well as the mic'ed cabinet (guitar to DI, DI out to mixer/preamp, DI Thru to cabinet input and mic the cabinet). This way you get the sound of your cabinet with all its color and a clean signal to mix in and/or use in Guitar Rig. Blending the clean and mic'ed tracks can help in making the electric guitar more defined. Also test the mic in different locations about the speaker cone (cone center, edge and half way between). This will make a huge difference in the sound recorded. If your room isn't good and you want to reduce the amount of room affect on the recording then stick the mic up against the cabinet grill.

    Lastly, or maybe FIRST, if the room your cabinet is in acoustically sucks, so will your recordings. Acoustically treat the room if it isn't already.
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