Making a DI transducer Sound Better

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by noteFarm, Jul 5, 2003.

  1. noteFarm

    noteFarm Member

    Feb 24, 2003
    Hi there every one
    I am mixing a project in the style of stranz and Farah. . The chap that recorded it just went DI for all the guitar parts, since he didn't have any mics, at his disposal.
    Is there a way of making that prize transducer pick up sound go away, or at least soften it and round it out. It just sounds so lifeless, and against the percussion we are going to track on wednesday, I think it is not a pleasant sound.
    I have been play with EQing and adding compression, that seems to help. I have tried the bomb factory 1176 and Metric Halos channel strip, and these seem to help.
    Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated
  2. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    Run it out through a speaker and mic that.
  3. vinniesrs

    vinniesrs Active Member

    May 12, 2003
    notefarm! I agree with recorderman. If you tell us what kind of tone you want, what kind of guitar he has, pickups, and string guage, I could offer a couple of sugestions for ampspeaker combos.

  4. noteFarm

    noteFarm Member

    Feb 24, 2003
    Hay there,
    Thanx for the response. I will certainly try the speaker sugestion.
    Here is the low down, The guitars are those Takamine, classical with transducer pickups,. If he had been here to record I would have miked him, but to save money he went DI in to his DAW at his place, So I am looking to turn a DI ed classical into a micked classical/flamenco sound. I know that's a tall order but I am looking to recreate something better than what I have. These songs have lots of rasgueado (with fingers) and harmony guitar parts and solos played with a pick.
    Since my last post I have managed to "soften" things by using Bomb Factory's Fairchild plug in an Metric halos Channel strip, seems to be working, but I am sure I am missing something.
    The CD is in the new pop Flamenco style, a Stranz and Farah type of thing.
    There are 12 songs all recoded with the pick up so I would love some input and suggestions.
    Thanx again
    "Teach me Yoda"
    P.S we track the percussion here on Wednesday and then I have a little less than a week to mix the whole thing.
  5. vinniesrs

    vinniesrs Active Member

    May 12, 2003
    Notefarm, I haven't come across this exact thing before. What I would try, is taking a nice set of home speakers, and micing them. I would probably end up diffusing the tweeters though, with cloths, or foam or something.

    If you want a little more open sound, try opening the back of the cab. If you do that the tone will chang drastically as the volume climbs. This way you can "find the right tone", then push record.
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