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The acoustic guitar has an entirely different sound from electric guitar, so it has to be approached differently. Plus each acoustic guitar has its own sound depending upon the body size and the wood that it's made from. Here is how to equalize that acoustic guitar to make it fit a lot better in the mix. First thing we have to remember is, that the bigger the guitar body, like a dreadnought or a jumbo sized, the more bottom in it will have. That doesn't necessarily mean it will record better though because it might actually sound too big for the mix. The other thing is that a small body or a cut away acoustic guitar will have a lot less bass but that may make it sit better in the mix as a result.
The same goes for the wood that it's made from. Certain woods will sound better because it will be brighter and other woods will sound a little darker, and that will make it even fit better in the mix or stick out or actually fallback little in the mix. It depends on the song. It depends on the arrangement which one is going to work. So let's listen to this acoustic guitar with the rest of the track, and you'll find that it's a little dark and what happens is it sort of blends into the mix. (Music playing) Now if we mute it, you can really tell a difference that is not there, even though you can't really hear it.
(Music playing) Sometimes an acoustic guitar is just there to push the song along and add some rhythm, then add some motion, the same way that some percussion instruments do. But if we want this to actually stick out in the mix, we can do some interesting EQ things to make it work. So let's add our favorite 4 -Band native Pro Tools EQ. The first thing we are going to do is we are going to solo this and we're going to add some body to the sound.
Let's listen to it soloed first. (Music playing) Now, the body on acoustic guitar comes from somewhere around 250 cycles or so. So lets' add 250, add 3 or 4dB, have a listen. (Music playing) You can hear it got a little bit fuller.
Now we can add even more fullness if we go down to 80 or 100 and add a couple of dB there, so that's our 80, now hear it. (Music playing) So now that we heard that the fullness comes from 80 to 100 to 110, somewhere in there, and the body of the acoustic guitar comes from 250 or so, now we want to add little bit of presence and that comes from between 2 to 5K.
So let's just start at 2. Listen to that. (Music playing) Now you can hear all of a sudden it sounds fuller and there is a bit more sparkle to it. Now if we want we can make it cut through the mix, if we go up to 5 to 8K somewhere in there and that will actually make it cut. (Music playing) So let's listen in the track.
(Music playing) Now, the difference is before that guitar was just kind of pushing the track along and it wasn't very predominant because we couldn't really distinguish it. Now we can really distinguish it. The other thing I want to show you is let me get rid of the lower bands here and we will just listen to the upper bands. And this is interesting the way it sounds. It will stick out of the mix, but sometimes you really want that extra body as well.
(Music playing) So let's go back and will Bypass it and have a listen. (Music playing) So that's how we EQ an acoustic guitar.
Just check to see that your acoustic isn't EQed in the same place as any other instrument like electric guitars, because we don't want them to clash frequency wise.
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