Recently recorded a project that had some heavy guitar riffs. The guitarist wanted to get that overdriven tone, but still retain clarity. This is always a challenge for any engineer. Mic choice and placement are crucial. Amp volume rears its ugly head in your face and can create a nightmare for you in the mix. Here's how I did it without spending a lot of time trying to get just the right take in one shot.
The first take should be at the level of over-driven
tone that the guitarist prefers. Then re-amp the clean signal with the
amp at a slightly lower volume. This should give you more clarity from
the performance. You can keep doing this routine until you get enough
layers to blend in the desired sound for the guitar tone. Pan out the
different takes and adjust volume levels to widen the mix.
This is just the concept. You'll need to experiment with your setup to find out what works best.
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