Direct Guitar EQ Basics (Guitar Lesson)


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Chris Liepe

Direct Guitar EQ Basics

Chris Liepe reveals the basics of how to properly understand and utilize EQ tools within a DAW to define and enrich your overall guitar sound.

Taught by Chris Liepe in Recording and Micing seriesLength: 40:17Difficulty: 4.0 of 5


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moacyr84moacyr84 replied on December 13th, 2012

Really nice lesson. Thanks a lot!

caliban4caliban4 replied on September 15th, 2012

If you are using a pitch bender pedal which can do one or two octaves lower, would you still set your filter at 80HZ?

azziazzi replied on July 15th, 2012

Hey Chris, where should we put the EQ in the signal chain? I mean, i'm putting in the guitar track, after the modeling amp. Am i wright? You've talked about drop d and drop c. How about half tone lowered? How should i configure my HPF? 75Hz or something? Tks guy.

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on July 16th, 2012

put the EQ after the "amp" in this situation. for half step down stuff, I still start with 80hz and then maybe bump it down a bit if I feel like I'm losing something, but you should be fine with 80 cause it isn't a total CUT, its a gradual curve. hope this helps!

infernoheroinfernohero replied on February 27th, 2013

This Q and A helps me ... thanks guys!!!

mitkomitko replied on July 12th, 2012

Good stuff so far! What I'd personally like to see more of is recording and editing vocals. I just bought a Behringer C-1 condenser mic and such info would be very appreciated!

peterholsonpeterholson replied on May 8th, 2012

Great work Chris, I would like to see more vids on produktion (not proo tools specific). like in real productin examples, for instance guitar production track by track in a pop, rock, country song. Of course it also would be great in all intrument areas. Is something you plan?

motifes6motifes6 replied on March 14th, 2012

An Eye-opener..!! Kudos Chris.

crosstourcrosstour replied on February 24th, 2012

Really great! Looking forward to the next lessons!

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on February 15th, 2012

Glad that Chris is doing this. Lots of useful info in here. Well done!

mkorsmomkorsmo replied on February 12th, 2012

Really good stuff guys!

Recording and Micing

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Understanding the basics to recording and micing your guitar can help you develop as a musician. Gain a grasp on how to create your own personal studio



Lesson 1

Introduction and Getting Started

Welcome to lesson 1 of the Recording and Micing series! Here Chris provides some information essential to getting your home studio up and running.

Length: 15:50 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Setting Up Your Space

Setting up your space for optimal audio recording and play back is key to creating a successful home studio. Chris explains how to create the best possible environment in this lesson.

Length: 27:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Understanding Microphones

Chris demonstrates how microphones work and how to choose the right microphone for a specific application.

Length: 12:26 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Direct Recording

Chris explains how to successfully record through some direct recording techniques. When done correctly, you can record a clean signal from your guitar with no microphones.

Length: 8:33 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Electric Guitar / Amp Micing Techniques

Chris liepe unlocks the wonders of micing an electric guitar amplifier. He explains how to find a speaker's "sweet spot" as well as the differences in tone between various common micing techniques.

Length: 21:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Acoustic Guitar Micing Techniques

Chris Liepe teams up with Jim Deeming to present proper acoustic guitar micing techniques. Chris covers both single and dual micing placements and explains why each position is effective for certain situations.

Length: 20:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Acoustic Recording Options

With the help of Jim's playing, Chris has rigged up Jim's guitar three different ways and demonstrates the different qualities of sound you can get by recording with a direct line in, micing the amp, micing...

Length: 6:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Layering Multiple Guitar Tracks

With Jim playing 3 different sequences to overdub on top of one another, Chris will record them using 3 different micing techniques with 2 different guitars to create 1 final track.

Length: 14:07 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Effects Signal Routing

Chris takes a step back from electric and acoustic micing to demonstrate the proper way to route your effects to achieve the best possible sound.

Length: 14:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Direct Guitar Recording (Using a DAW)

Chris uses a Pro Tools session to demonstrate not only how to create a solid lead guitar sound within your home DAW, but how the basic tools and tips that he demonstrates can be applied to any software...

Length: 30:12 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Direct Guitar EQ Basics

Chris Liepe reveals the basics of how to properly understand and utilize EQ tools within a DAW to define and enrich your overall guitar sound.

Length: 40:17 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud JamPlay.com instructors.

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