How to record and mix percussive fingerstyle

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Meridirh

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Hey everyone,

I've been noodling around with shaping my percussive sound on the guitar for quite a while now. However, I simply cannot get it sound as "crisp" and "poppy" as the percussive elements in this video - I've got the same mics but cannot get the sound of my recordings sound as clear as in this video.

So I was wondering if someone here got the knowledge and experience to explain to me a few things about how to correctly record and mix for this kind of sound :/ It's kind of freaking me out =(

(the SOUND I'm looking for starts at 0:58)

Video

:/ Please, xD I need some serious help with this one lol

Thank you all ^^

Lukas

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Guitar: Started January 2016

Styles/Genres I am currently studying:

- Classical Guitar

- Latin Style (Flamenco, Soleares)

- Folk Style (Pop, Celtic, Irish, Gypsi)

- (Fingerstyle) Blues

- (Fingerstyle) Jazz

#1

Hey everyone,

I've been noodling around with shaping my percussive sound on the guitar for quite a while now. However, I simply cannot get it sound as "crisp" and "poppy" as the percussive elements in this video - I've got the same mics but cannot get the sound of my recordings sound as clear as in this video.

So I was wondering if someone here got the knowledge and experience to explain to me a few things about how to correctly record and mix for this kind of sound :/ It's kind of freaking me out =(

(the SOUND I'm looking for starts at 0:58)

Video

:/ Please, xD I need some serious help with this one lol

Thank you all ^^

Lukas

Limits are selfmade. Break beyond them!

www.meridirhproductions.com | Too old to learn multiple instruments? Let's put it to a test...

Guitar: Started January 2016

Styles/Genres I am currently studying:

- Classical Guitar

- Latin Style (Flamenco, Soleares)

- Folk Style (Pop, Celtic, Irish, Gypsi)

- (Fingerstyle) Blues

- (Fingerstyle) Jazz

ChristopherSchlegel

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Joined: 08/09/05

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Originally Posted by: Meridirh

I've been noodling around with shaping my percussive sound on the guitar for quite a while now. However, I simply cannot get it sound as "crisp" and "poppy" as the percussive elements in this video - I've got the same mics but cannot get the sound of my recordings sound as clear as in this video.

Hey, Lukas! You might directly message that guy & see if he's willing to let you pay him for a Skype lesson to give you some insight & info.

You really need to get your technique together to get that stuff to come across. Also, you mention the same mics, but that is only part of the recording capture process. You need to have a good interface with a decent pre-amp & possibly a compressor to bring the sound up to line level & make use of all the high end sparkle & low end thump that the mics are picking up.

Another factor is that guitar he's using has on-board electronics. He might be adding some direct signal to the mix from the guitar piezo pickup.

Rick Beato has some great info in this video about the complete process of recording acoustic guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfEgKbPOKV0

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
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#2

Originally Posted by: Meridirh

I've been noodling around with shaping my percussive sound on the guitar for quite a while now. However, I simply cannot get it sound as "crisp" and "poppy" as the percussive elements in this video - I've got the same mics but cannot get the sound of my recordings sound as clear as in this video.

Hey, Lukas! You might directly message that guy & see if he's willing to let you pay him for a Skype lesson to give you some insight & info.

You really need to get your technique together to get that stuff to come across. Also, you mention the same mics, but that is only part of the recording capture process. You need to have a good interface with a decent pre-amp & possibly a compressor to bring the sound up to line level & make use of all the high end sparkle & low end thump that the mics are picking up.

Another factor is that guitar he's using has on-board electronics. He might be adding some direct signal to the mix from the guitar piezo pickup.

Rick Beato has some great info in this video about the complete process of recording acoustic guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfEgKbPOKV0

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

Meridirh

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Joined: 04/07/16

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Thank you Christopher!

Yes, I've been thinking about contacting Tobias and asking him about that particular question. He does mention some of it in his fingerstyle academy, but didn't go into too much detail as to how he sets the effects to get that particular sound.

As far as PU is concerned, I know that he uses a K&K Trinity Pro Mini system that allows him to pick percussion from all around the body. I do have a similar system (LR Baggs Anthem) but that doesn't quite captures that particular frequency.

Once way to emulate his sounds that I've been thinking of is to duplicate the tracks that I record and then to EQ and Compress them differently, before blending them together to be able to push certain frequencies without effecting other parts of the track.

Thanks for the Rick Beato link. I've been following him for quite a while now, I guess I must have missed that one :D thanks!!!

Limits are selfmade. Break beyond them!

www.meridirhproductions.com | Too old to learn multiple instruments? Let's put it to a test...

Guitar: Started January 2016

Styles/Genres I am currently studying:

- Classical Guitar

- Latin Style (Flamenco, Soleares)

- Folk Style (Pop, Celtic, Irish, Gypsi)

- (Fingerstyle) Blues

- (Fingerstyle) Jazz

#3

Thank you Christopher!

Yes, I've been thinking about contacting Tobias and asking him about that particular question. He does mention some of it in his fingerstyle academy, but didn't go into too much detail as to how he sets the effects to get that particular sound.

As far as PU is concerned, I know that he uses a K&K Trinity Pro Mini system that allows him to pick percussion from all around the body. I do have a similar system (LR Baggs Anthem) but that doesn't quite captures that particular frequency.

Once way to emulate his sounds that I've been thinking of is to duplicate the tracks that I record and then to EQ and Compress them differently, before blending them together to be able to push certain frequencies without effecting other parts of the track.

Thanks for the Rick Beato link. I've been following him for quite a while now, I guess I must have missed that one :D thanks!!!

Limits are selfmade. Break beyond them!

www.meridirhproductions.com | Too old to learn multiple instruments? Let's put it to a test...

Guitar: Started January 2016

Styles/Genres I am currently studying:

- Classical Guitar

- Latin Style (Flamenco, Soleares)

- Folk Style (Pop, Celtic, Irish, Gypsi)

- (Fingerstyle) Blues

- (Fingerstyle) Jazz

ranikiforova714

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Joined: 03/31/19

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Happy to help! Thanks for leaving a comment.mybkexperience

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Happy to help! Thanks for leaving a comment.mybkexperience

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