Making Acoustic Guitar sound like Electric Guitar

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Aequitas123
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Making Acoustic Guitar sound like Electric Guitar

Post by Aequitas123 » Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:31 pm

Looking to get an electric guitar soon, but in the mean time, does anyone have any tips for making an acoustic guitar sound like an electric guitar; clean or distorted.

I normally record it with a sm57 and/or a Condenser ran through my pre's. Sounds pretty good for an acoustic. I've been playing around with running it through Amplitube with mix results.

Any tips appreciated.

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Re: Making Acoustic Guitar sound like Electric Guitar

Post by mesaboogiewes » Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:00 am

You might could get a somewhat usable distorted guitar sound if you eq'd and compressed it just right, but as far as a night broken up clean sounding electric - no can do on an acoustic IMO.
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Re: Making Acoustic Guitar sound like Electric Guitar

Post by arachnaut » Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:48 am

Using just Live effects, start with the saturator and pick a hard sine shape with lots of drive.
You can follow with another saturator using the wave shaper option and play with the shape.
Then use a dynamic tube effect to simulate the cabinet.

The new Overdrive effect in Live 8 could also help and maybe even the MultiBand dynamics, but the saturator is essential to get the distortion needed for the electric guitar.

I usually add a phasor and flanger and/or chorus, but the sound can get muddy real fast if you stack on too many effects.

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Re: Making Acoustic Guitar sound like Electric Guitar

Post by pepezabala » Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:32 am

EQ! Electric guitars have less low frequencys if you compare with acoustic guitars.

You could use Eq3 and turn off low and high frequencies. Then add some distortion or saturator.

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Re: Making Acoustic Guitar sound like Electric Guitar

Post by Guff Tong » Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:29 am

How about using a transient designer to scuplt the attack?

Flux 'Bitter-sweet' is free though slightly limited:

http://www.fluxhome.com/products/

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Re: Making Acoustic Guitar sound like Electric Guitar

Post by Aequitas123 » Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:10 pm

Hey guys, appreciating the comments. I have played around with saturators with decent results.

I could use some more information on EQing the input signal to get it sounding more like an electric guitar DI. I assume taking of some low and and possibly carving off some really high frequencies.

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