I have been researching ways to make my live solo and band performance experiences even more intense and exciting. I want to maintain the core value of Rock music with an acoustic underpinning, some have iddentified the genre as a rock sound with a Country style. Not Country/Rock, but more Rock/Country.
To create this sound, I would either have to play an electric guitar and simulate the acoustic sound or I would have to play my acoustic guitar and simulate the electric sound. I have tried so many things to make an electric sound like an acoustic, but have not been convinced.
The important thing is to be able to split and control the acoustic and electric signals separately, so they can be played individually or combined. Next is to avoid the problem of my acoustic still sounding like an acoustic guitar when it is run through guitar pedals used for my electric guitar tone, missing the smoothness and intensity you expect from an electric guitar sound.
So here is my first experiment to make my acoustic guitar sound like an electric guitar. I performed the main three sections of a new song, "Feelings of Infactuation," that will be perfect for this test because it has intense electric guitar strums along with acoustic arpeggiated chords. This recording is just the opening instrumental section of the acoustic, electric and then filtered acoustic to sound like my Guild electric. There is no effects other than the final filter of the acoustic guitar using Logic's Match EQ plugin.
The first thing I noticed was the high-pass filtering got rid of the awesome boom sound of my acoustic guitar, which makes the acoustic sound like an acoustic (therefore not like an electric). Also a low pass filter got rid of the brightest of the highs. There is a bit of boost in the mids, but not entirely needed to alter the sound significantly.
This is all well and good on a computer, but how will this be done in a live performance? I think the best solution will be the Source Audio Programmable EQ. it has 4 presets, so i can recreate various electric guitar sounds for different songs.
Source Audio Programmable EQ: http://www.sourceaudio.net/images/panel_demos/sa_eq_panel.jpg
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