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Your Cubase® Studio by Steve Pacey

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Tips and Tricks for Recording Electric Guitar and Bass

Once you’ve decided which way you would like to record electric guitar or bass, there are ways to get the most out of each type of recording, whether it’s direct or a miked amplified speaker.

Compression is commonly used on both guitar and bass when recording to get the best SNR and sustain out of each instrument without clipping the signal. Just like with recording vocals, compression is best used before the signal reaches the amplifier or computer. In this case, a hardware compressor/limiter is definitely the way to go. You can also use a compression plug-in to record guitar or bass direct. For the best results when using this type of compression, apply the plug-in to the input signal ...

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