How to EQ a Guitar in the Recording Studio

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In recording terminology, EQ typically stands for "equalize." Learn how to EQ a guitar in the recording studio with help from a Los Angeles-based guitar player in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Marcus Gerakos. I'm a guitarist based here in L.A. I do a lot of film and television work here. And todays topic is How to EQ a Guitar in the Recording Studio. Now directly behind me we have a recording console. First we open up the digital-audio work station. In this case we're using Logic. Now we're going to pull up the track and find the channels that the guitar is on. Okay so we've located the track so that the guitars are on and now we're going to look for some plug-ins. Now keep in mind that you'll want to be clear as far as what you want to get across with your guitar tracks. Do you want them to cut through the mix? Do you want them to have a more ambient feel? Do you want a sharper tack? Do you want a lot of treble or a lot of bass or somewhere in between? So these are all things you really want to be sure of before you start EQ-ing, is what sort of overall effect do you want. Okay, here we have a plug-in and just using the mouse we can choose things like how much bass, how much mid-range. You can choose things on how hard your tack is, if you want to eliminate your tack entirely. So you have a lot at your disposal here in Logic. And you can do a lot of editing. You can decide how long you can extend the duration of your notes if you want to. Changing the setting, changing the tack, the lay, the EQ-ing. So there's a lot of choices. I'm Marcus Gerakos and this has been How to EQ your Guitar in a Recording Studio.

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