quick help with "space" in 3 dist guitar mix

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by ocdstudios, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. ocdstudios

    ocdstudios Active Member

    Nov 3, 2009
    Hey all,

    Need some advice quick on this project - due in 1 week.

    I am mixing a band that does a lot of songs with 3 heavy dist. guitars plus bass. all players like that deep fat sound, lead tends to be fuzzy.

    I am trying to get a mix that does kill your ear drums with mids (not to mention annoy you to the point of turning it off), has clarity and "space" butthat still sounds full and rich.

    Any tips/tricks with 3 dist. guitars. I have tried eq but can"t get the results I want there either - it tend to change tone too much (i know dist. guitars are sensitive to eq changes) but maybe I'm going about that end wrong.

    I have tried delays (haas trick), reversing phase, eq ect and am going around in circles. ANY advice woyld be helpful!!

    Matt in GA
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    if the 3 dist guitars are all in the same EQ space then things get difficult

    you either change the delivery and re-record one of them
    change the method and tone of playing
    that's orchestration

    or you will just have to give up some EQ space for each to exist

    try an automated EQ so that each gets to lead or be up front
    when you want it to
    rather than EQ think Filter

    remove some space for the other guitars to fit in

    group the guitars to a sub group and put a limiter/comp to keep total guitar noise at a constant level ... this may help to give that IN YOUR FACE sound

    it's not easy to keep everyone happy
    good luck

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