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Old 24th December 2011
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The problem with digital and guitars is that it's too damn accurate and the electric guitar, especially distorted, is a nasty sounding instrument. I think one of the keys is to dial back the distortion a LOT when going digital, and/or be prepared to absolutely nuke the top end and EQ the crap out of any spikes or holes in the frequency spectrum.

Tape soaks up all those higher order harmonics that digital preserves faithfully. So you have to get rid of them somehow. Dialling back the saturation/distortion really helps. You can put some of that stuff back in the mix with nice opto compressor plugins, tape saturation, Satson etc.

However, I'm very tempted to get a reel-to-reel to bounce my guitar tracks to for just this reason.