Acoustic Guitar Tutorial: What To Boost And Cut

This week’s tutorial is another exciting installment in our “Fundamental Series”. The fundamental frequencies of an acoustic guitar. Understanding these fundamental frequencies can be a key factor in bettering your engineer skills.

Acoustic guitar is a gorgeous sounding instrument with a vast amount of depth & harmonics. Acoustic guitar is one of those rare instruments that can drive the harmonic & rhythmic structure of a song at the same time. This detailed instrument can take up quite a bit of areas on the frequency spectrum. 

In this video we discuss a detailed analysis of the fundamental frequencies of an acoustic guitar. We will talk about & demonstrate what specific boosted frequencies will help an acoustic guitar shine & sparkle while still carrying it’s weight throughout the mix. We also take a look at different frequencies that should be cut to avoid muddiness & overcrowding throughout your mix.

As with any aspect of music, the type, brand, & style of an acoustic guitar & song vary with frequencies; however, these key elements will point you in the right direction of a smooth sounding acoustic guitar. Your listeners & fans will enjoy the clean sparkle these techniques bring to your acoustic guitar  without sounding mudding or hollow.

Follow along as professional engineer Eric “Realistic” Michael gives you a step-by-step guide on choosing the right frequencies to boost & cut for a synth bass.


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Realistic is a Music Producer and Engineer located in the Twin Cities. He started out playing guitar and piano in 2003 and has been producing and recording music since 2004. He produces Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, & Dance music. 


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