Start a new project (use the Voice template) and set your first track’s input to your audio interface (as per its instructions). Turn off any pre-loaded effects.
Set up your mic (use our annotated guide to the left for some tips) and hook it up to your Mac using the instructions that came with your audio interface.
Check the volume meters next to both the track name and at the bottom to ensure they’re neither too quiet nor loud. Around 75-80 per cent is ideal.
When you’re happy both yourself and your guitarist can hear everything okay through your headphones, hit the record button to get going.
Noise Gates can help to reduce unwanted sounds made by accidental knocks on the instrument, and string scratches that can really ruin the crisp sound.
Although you should avoid using too many effects, a few subtle EQ tweaks can go a long way to reducing any booming bottom-end or tinny highs.
Adding in some subtle Chorus can help to boost the sound of your guitar and give it some vibrance in the mix alongside other instruments.
To finish off the adding of effects, add a small amount of reverb. This can especially help your guitar stand out if you’re recording it in a small or boxy room.
Using automation (don’t forget to turn to page 48), fade out your guitar’s sound at the end of the song if your guitarist has let the strings ring out.
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