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How do I get a thick but crisp guitar track with the Tascam DP-24?

Asked by jhellion1031 (108points) August 28th, 2014

I’ve been a musician all my life but I am fairly new to home recording. I have quality mics, amps, & instruments, however right now I am having to use one of my spare bedrooms as my recording space. I am using the Tascam DP-24 for all of my tracking. I haven’t had any luck with micing my guitar amp, there’s always way too much bleed through & the distortion is very muddy. So I have started just running straight from my multi-processor into my mixer then from the mixer into the dp-24. I think I’ve been scooping out all the mids correctly, but I could be wrong. My main problem is tone. I want a very heavy but crisp tone but no matter how much tweeking I do on the pedal & on the dp-24s mixer the tone is still muddy. An example of the thick but punchy sound I’m after would be the guitar tone from The Great Southern Trend Kill. Any advice on how to generate & capture this tone would be greatly appreciated.

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pleiades's avatar

Hmm help me better answer your question….

Are you using an amp? or going guitar direct into pedals into tascam?

Silence04's avatar

To get rid of that muddiness you need to lower that specific eq range. Typically guitar muddiness sits around 400–500hz, a 5db drop should do. Also, to get the thickness you are after, you need a good compressor.

Signal flow should be guitar>pedals>amp>mic>eq>compressor>multitrack

jhellion1031's avatar

Pleiades* I am running from my effects processor into a 16 channel mixer then into the Tascam. I’ve tried micing my guitar amp, but there’s always way too much hissing & bleed through.
Silence04* The Tascam I’m using has several on board compressors but I’m really not sure how to use them. What confuses me is how to set the attack, release, & gate. I’ve tried to read up on the subject but I just wind up getting lost.
I really appreciate the help, guys.

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