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Noise in acoustic guitar track

Discussion in 'Studio Techniques' started by dwhite1031, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. dwhite1031

    dwhite1031 New Member

    I wasn't sure if I should post this here or over in Studio Techniques....

    I had our lead guitar player lay down some tracks using an acoustic (steel string) guitar for a couple of Logic 8 Express projects. He didn't use a pick, rather he used finger picking for these lead guitar solos and melody background fills.

    I am hearing what I can only describe as a "click" type sound, which is caused by the fingers picking or plucking the strings in the tracks. It is pretty evident on playback.

    Is there any way to remove or at least limit this noise in the tracks before I finalize the mix and bounce to MP3?

    Being a guitar player myself, I realize this is inherent to the finger picking style of playing. But I'd really like to minimize it on the final cut of the song before we distribute it.

    Thanks for any and all advice!

  3. Peter Ostry

    Peter Ostry Administrator Staff Member

    Can you give us a sound example?
  4. georgelegeriii

    georgelegeriii Senior member

    You could try the de-esser plug-in for this. Listen to the side chain by itself to get a good idea of the frequency of the sound, you just move the frequency up and down to get the right area of the sound, go for as much of the click sound as you can, then de-ess it to get rid of the sound to taste.

    I've used de-essers to remove clicks and also string noise when someone moves from one chord to another of acoustic guitar tracks with good results.

    George Leger III

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