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Old 04-17-2008, 12:45 PM   #1
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How to get rid of pick strum noise when recording with a mic?

So I just got a condenser mic to test out from my local music shop. I love the way my acoustic sounds on it, however I got one problem. The pick sound =/ Is there a way to get rid of the pick strumming sound? I tried strumming with my hand but it just doesnt give the same ringing effect on this song that I want. Any help would be appreciated.

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http://media.putfile.com/Opeth---Harvest-76
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:59 PM   #2
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idk different mic position use a thicker pick
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:47 PM   #3
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yeah... that pick sounds skinny. go for a 1.5
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:50 PM   #4
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work on your picking technique also
but yeah, thicker picks will help you too
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:52 PM   #5
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try using a parametric eq.

put a like 5 or 6 decibel spike with a Q of about 10 or 15, and sweep it back and fourth until you find the spot where the pick is the loudest, then cut that down until it sounds tolerable.

i've not done this with acoustic recordings, but i've done it with electric recordings and it works fine.

thicker picks will also help. also where is your mic.
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Old 04-17-2008, 02:22 PM   #6
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^ You really don't want to colour the tone too much with an EQ when recording acoustic. I wouldn't recommend doing that.

A much thicker pick will help. If I had to guess, you're using approximately .5 - .6 right now. Minimum 1.0mm, preferably 1.5mm+ would be ideal.

Material will effect sound as well so you know. Try a few different materials.
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Old 04-17-2008, 02:23 PM   #7
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i dont really see why, as long as it sounds good.

dont forget that mic position, position in the room, strings and pick etc all affect the eq (among other things)
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i dont really see why, as long as it sounds good.

dont forget that mic position, position in the room, strings and pick etc all affect the eq (among other things)
Eliminates the natural overtones and qualities present in a good acoustic recording.

A bit of EQing in post-production won't harm, but the goal is to get the sound as perfect as possible without resorting to cutting frequencies BEFORE recording.

The same goes for electric as well. You want it to sound as good as possible before playing with it.
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true, a good input signal is always really important
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Indeed.
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i'll just repeat what everyone else said, and just go with a thicker pick.
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Old 04-17-2008, 03:39 PM   #12
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Or reposition your mic.
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Old 04-19-2008, 03:53 AM   #13
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Another thing you might want to try is to focus on the pick noise while playing your guitar and without making any specific changes in technique, simply concentrate on making it go away. If you hate pick noise enough, your hand will make some small adjustments which at some point will help reduce pick noise.
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Old 04-19-2008, 05:12 AM   #14
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Ok I recorded it again using a 2mm pick. A bit heavy, but the pick strumming isn't as noticeable. Although it is much more bright sounding.

Sound any better?

http://media.putfile.com/Opeth---Harvest-32

I also noticed, I can't hear it on my winamp nearly as much because I use an EQ on it. Through regular windows media player it is much more noticeable. So maybe it didn't help at all? =/
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2mm version sounds much better
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Old 04-19-2008, 08:52 AM   #16
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This^

Of course, if you really want to get rid of the pick sound, just strum with your fingers. I understand you probably wouldn't want to do that though, since it would cut out some of the high end.
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:54 AM   #17
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in the second recording, are you angling your pick?
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:13 AM   #18
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nope i held it the same way
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:29 AM   #19
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Ill reiterate material.
Use a softer material.
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sounds like you are strumming really really close to the bridge. try struming further away form the bridge.

p.s. the second recording sounds much better.
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new version sounds much better
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:47 AM   #22
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position the mic differently, no matter what the size of the pick you'll still get pick noise, maybe less with a thicker pick but put the mic just above your guitars HOLE you might like the tone of it up there more anyways
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