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Your go-to acoustic guitar verb

Post by losthighway » Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:22 am

Little specific... I know.

But what flavor do you put on for general purpose guitar spaciousness: plate, room, spring, mono, stereo? Predelay, high pass, low pass?

I know what to do if it's supposed to be a psychedelic swamp, but I rarely get into verb on an acoustic for gentle space, and realized listening to some records that I probably should.

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Re: Your go-to acoustic guitar verb

Post by Nick Sevilla » Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:25 am

1. The room itself, if it sounds good.

2. a very short reverb, or even a delay set as "pre reverb" aka lots of small repeats, very low, and random. Some reverb units do this, as well as plug ins.

3. A plate.

In the end, the song itself will dictate what fits best.
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Re: Your go-to acoustic guitar verb

Post by A.David.MacKinnon » Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:52 am

I made an IR of a room that I work out of quite frequently. It's a decent size but not huge. Wood walls and a lowish wood ceiling. Black and white checkered asphalt tiles. On paper it should be a mess but it sounds really great on acoustic instruments. It's a small room sound but really brings things to life.
I made an IR of the room so I could fake room mics if needed but now I use it all the time on projects recorded at various places

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Re: Your go-to acoustic guitar verb

Post by drumsound » Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:37 pm

Often a room mic or two. Little Plate can be good, or various rooms from the TC M3000.

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Re: Your go-to acoustic guitar verb

Post by vvv » Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:47 pm

Room, or simulated room.
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Re: Your go-to acoustic guitar verb

Post by CraigS63 » Sun Nov 08, 2020 2:37 am

Strum. Or a more general verb, play.

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Re: Your go-to acoustic guitar verb

Post by losthighway » Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:55 am

CraigS63 wrote:
Sun Nov 08, 2020 2:37 am
Strum. Or a more general verb, play.
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Re: Your go-to acoustic guitar verb

Post by vernier » Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:47 am

Natural room ambience depending on the room which sometimes is just dry.

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Re: Your go-to acoustic guitar verb

Post by Burnt Ernie » Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:20 pm

I have a small room (14'x17',12 ' ceiling),so when im tracking acoustic,I use an sdc and a ribbon as close together as possible,halfway between 12th fret and soundhole. Then i gauge the tempo of the song,as well as the prominence/role of the acoustic in the song. This helps decide how "honest" it's supposed to sound. Then i run either the ribbon or sdc (or both) through the PA system,open the door to the hallway and run mic's (omni/pzm/ribbon) down both sides of the hallway. Both runs of hallways are very long,with 90 degree turns to bathrooms,etc. Essentially an echo chamber. If not that, a PZM taped to a ceiling as far away from source,or better yet, a Lexicon Pcm-60 set on Plate and inverse.
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Re: Your go-to acoustic guitar verb

Post by Burnt Ernie » Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:21 pm

or just reamp through an Ampeg Gemini with the reverb turned up.
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