Re: Recording with Fingers

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Posted by Datsgor on August 09, 2000 at 10:39:17:

In Reply to: Recording with Fingers posted by pkeeg on August 08, 2000 at 23:57:39:

: I was doing some recording the other day when the Engineer told me I didn't sound good with fingers & to use a pick. I know ther's a difference in sound so I did & he said it sounded tighter. My problem is I've always played with fingers (about 6 years) and it's only in the last two months I've been forcing myself to use a pick (because of the sound) so I just don't feel as confident as I play with fingers.
: Has anyone got any suggestions (ie technique,or EQ settings) I can try for a more cutting sound with fingers. Thank You.

I have run into the same sort of problem in my home studio. Ive tried increasing the teble, i tried increasing the bass in the mix, new strings when i record...etc.. heres what i have found out. EQ is a wonderful tool if used properly. Increase the mid ever so slightly. it really brings the bass out without having to increase the volume in the mix. If i am looking for a really bright punchy sound i play the strings back next to the bridge. I record direct and eq afterwards. Become proficiant with a pick, it will increase your diversity. The engineer (probably) knows what he is talking about and is trying to get the best sound for you song. HOWEVER! Always be comfortable with the way you play. Experiment with eq and finger placement and I am sure you and the engineer can work something out. Dont switch playing styles in the studio while recording something familiar in one style(although it might lead to something new and spectacular). Hope this helped a little......late.....john

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