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From Demo To Final Mix: (Part 5 - Rhythm Guitars)

Guitars were all recorded using a 1972 Fender Telecaster replica, direct into Logic Pro X via my Focusrite 18i8 audio interface. Signals were processed on input using two distortion pedals, a Boss DS1 and Electro-Harmonix Big Muff. In order to attain an authentic rock guitar tone, amp simulators were then applied to the signals.


A personal favourite of mine for high gain, distorted rhythm guitars is the Brawny Combo Crunch cabinet model, a stock amp simulator in Logic Pro.



All rhythm guitars were double tracked and panned hard left and right. Very rarely do I place a guitar down the middle of the stereo field, as I want to keep this space free for vocals and various other instrumentation, such as the kick drum, snare drum and bass guitar.



Having tracked all of the main rhythm guitars, I then added some dynamic guitar effects to the track, such as reverse guitar swells and stutters. These helped with the emotional impact of the song when transferring between the bridge and chorus sections.


Want to hear what the guitars sound like? Check out the video below:


Now that our basic rhythm guitars have been recorded, its time to embellish the track with some lead guitar!

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