Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Extending Live Guitar Decay Time - by DianaDee Osborne

DATE of posting:       27 February 201morning     SUBSCRIBE  
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RECORDING HINTS -- written about using  GarageBand -- BUT
these Hints help increase your skills in ProTools, Logic, etc. 

Easy TRICK  TO GIVE MORE DRAMA to last guitar note:

When you tune your guitar, your hit of the string ("attack") sets the tuner's needle "right on" when the string is in tune. But you notice that needle hold for a few seconds and then slowly drift downward as the sound dies out, called "decay".

It's easy to control decay length with guitar pedals or even amp settings. But we often record live guitar straight into the computer as a "clean" guitar, to give us full control for later changes.

Hint for Live playing works, too --
Here's an easy way to lengthen your final live guitar note 
(or notes) even in a clean recording: 
1. Leave yourself "headroom" on your guitar to move the instrument volume knob upward.
2. After you hit the final note, as the note's sound begins to decay, gradually turn your volume knob up until the note is as long as you want.
3. Then just lower the volume control knob at whatever speed gives you the sound you want.

That's all there is to it...
an easy way to let your guitar "cry" or "scream" or whatever much longer 
than the note(s) would last with a single hit and nothing else. 

Much joy to you in making your guitar sing... or scream :) !
Lots of Examples to hear free at http://www.DianaDeeOsbornesongs.com/

©2018, 2011 DianaDee Osborne;  all publication rights reserved
(An earlier version published 20 August 2011)