Mitch Gallagher's latest book is Guitar Tone: Pursuing the Ultimate Guitar Sound. He is the former Editor in Chief of EQ magazine. In addition to being a writer, he is a freelance recording engineer/producer/mastering engineer, teaches music business and audio recording at Indiana University/Purdue University, and is Sweetwater’s Editorial Director. mitchgallagher.com.
Whether you record on your laptop, a dedicated handheld device,
or your smartphone, fancy technology can only get you so far. Here we
reveal 10 secreTs every would-be Rick Rubin, Phil Spector, and
Sir George Martin needs to keep in mind to avoid glitchy,
sterile-sounding tracks and capture pristine, amazing tones.
The electric guitar can be a noisy beast. I’m talking about the unwanted variety of noise that can accompany an electric guitar—buzz, hum, hiss, radio stations, and more—all picked up by the guitar’s pickups, its wiring, or something else in its signal chain.
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