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Hello,

I'm using a USB Blue Snowball microphone and a Fender CD110E, and I was wondering if anybody could give me any tips on how to get rid of the guitar pick sound when I record into the mic. It seems to be dominating the sound-- I've tried playing around with the EQ but to no avail...

Suggestions?

Thanks!
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Artist Page Send Message Aug 08, 2008 | 8:53 pm
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Distance of the guitar/pick from the mike? Placement of the mike? Effects used post-recording? These are the things we need to know.

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Artist Page Send Message Aug 08, 2008 | 9:59 pm
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place the mic on the 10th fret. not the box
Artist Page Send Message Aug 08, 2008 | 11:03 pm
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I agree with JL I angle my Snowball away from the soundhole and at the higher frets. The only time you might want to mic a soundhole is for fingerstyle.
Artist Page Send Message Aug 09, 2008 | 2:50 am
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The mic techniques mentioned are one of many ways to get that pick sound down to a lower profile. If you use any type of compression, this will make the pick sound more noticeable. So I suggest a high threshold, slow attack and watch how hard your signal is hitting the compressor. Using a high input into a compressor is a good way to get more definition and a harder sound. You may also want to mic the big bottom of your guitar and only slightly aim it towards the mic. After you've tried these methods I would be very interested in hearing your opinion of the results. There are still more ways to mic a cat. Wink
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Artist Page Send Message Aug 09, 2008 | 4:46 pm
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Put the pick down and use your fingers.
(lol)
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Artist Page Send Message Aug 09, 2008 | 6:16 pm
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Sorry all, I was out of town so I wasn't able to reply to this topic. Thank you very much for all the feedback.

I was positioning my snowball directly in front of the hole about a foot away-- I'll try out the techniques listed here and see how they sound.

Once again, thank you!
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Artist Page Send Message Aug 15, 2008 | 12:29 am
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jeff beck uses volume control knob on the guitar but i use COSM
"guitar pad," mind you though it totally eliminates the attack and you get that violin sound. another option is using a softer pick.
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Artist Page Send Message Sep 21, 2008 | 10:33 pm
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Actually a lot of producers use a parametric EQ to remove pick noise from rhythm guitar tracks. You need to hunt the upper frequencies with an EQ like Nyquist and then cut that frequency(s) back http://magnus.smartelectronix.com/
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Artist Page Send Message Sep 22, 2008 | 2:08 am
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Would be better to avoid recording acoustic guitar with a mic all together. If you acoustic is not electric, you can get a pickup to install in the sound hole.
Artist Page Send Message Sep 22, 2008 | 2:15 am
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BossHook wrote:
Put the pick down and use your fingers.
(lol)


this works well to Wink
Artist Page Send Message Sep 22, 2008 | 2:16 am
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surely sometimes and only sometimes the pick noise will enhance the sound

Make it a feature if you can
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Artist Page Send Message Sep 22, 2008 | 2:23 am
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1) Stop relying on pick.
2) Stop Beating the guitar w/ your pick!!!!
3) Play softer with more enuciation from the guitar than the pick.
4) Think clearly about the chain of events.
5) Learn your equipment.
6) Learn what a "SWEET SPOT" is.....

The more you do the better you'll get.

Wishing you all the best!

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Artist Page Send Message Sep 22, 2008 | 9:30 am
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If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
Use the pic in a percussive way. Add to the beat!
Artist Page Send Message Sep 22, 2008 | 2:34 pm
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"Play softer with more enunciation from the guitar than the pick." Geo's right in this. Relaxing the hand holding the pick. . . And then there's also the question of the type of pick - material, hardness. . .
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