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Have you ever put together a song but during mixdown you realized it just doesn't have any thickness to it? A number of
things could be the problem, for example: Instruments could be EQ'ed similarly to others making them clash. In such a case
it could be the bass and the kick drum. The answer here is to use a parametric equalizer and surgically remove some of the
bass or mid bass from the kick drum until the two no longer complete with each other. Adding some "click" in the in kick drum will
also help define it in the mix. And listen to other instrument groups as well to hear if there is any muddiness from similar EQ-ed
parts. Cutting frequencies is always better than boosting, remember that!
Guitar pedals come in many sound shapes and sizes, or tones I should say! Used properly they will certainly add thickness to
your sound. Let's now look at an explanation of some types of effects you might use:
Now let us talk about doubling! Guitar tracks no matter how well performed can often times seem thin in the mix, even when
using good guitar pedal effects. A natural instinct of many musicians will be to add EQ
either more bass, midrange, or treble. This can sometimes fix the problem. However more often times the best fix is to double up
the guitar tracks! So then how do we go about this?
My preferred method is to record the rhythm track twice, panning one track full left, the other full right. Of course it will also
take a a bit of practice to play the rhythm parts in sync with each other. One good tip is not to always play the same rhythm part.
Change it up a bit. For instance, in parts where you hit low notes, try hitting the same notes in a higher key or even a key that
blends with it and not playing chords in all parts of the rhythm track. Also try using a Heavier Gauge Set of StringsMix it, record it.,
and see how it sounds to you!
And let's not forget about adding a doubled up acoustic track! When doing this you may want to remove most of the bass and
mids from it to help it blend without competing with the other instruments. It will really give an edge and definition to your electric
guitar tracks. When thickening up your tracks, this is really what it is all about and what it all comes down to. Lots of listening,
making sure that one instrument is not overwhelming another instrument in the mix. Each one has their place, and each one may
need to be adjusted by EQ until they all blend together well without competing with each other. Like I always say: "experimentation
is your friend!"