Been doing some recordings for my band and I recorded guitar the other day and I listened back to it, and it sounds pretty bad.

I was wondering if any of you knew how to improve the tone of it (Preferably in the DAW (I can use Pro Tools, Cubase or Logic if that helps any of you))

https://soundcloud.com/ryan-p-696946360/come-together-basic-take/s-vxwZf Theres the basic track done, the only things that have been done to it, is the drums and guitar tracks

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    What don’t you like about it? Doesn’t seem that bad to me. Maybe the performance has some issues, but that’s nothing you can fix in a daw. – Todd Wilcox Jun 10 '18 at 3:31
  • Sounds good to me - and also like it could sound decent in a proper mix. – topo Reinstate Monica Jun 10 '18 at 11:41
  • I'm sorry I don't know what DAW is but I do see what you mean about the tone and it sounds, I'm guessing, like a very basic transistor amp because the distortion is not smooth ... it sounds like it's straining. – Randy Zeitman Jun 10 '18 at 19:20

That recording sounds exactly as I would expect a guitar to sound through a very lightly overdriven stage of a common amp. There is nothing there that sounds wrong or requires "improvement"

So you'd need to define what you want to sound like - that could give us an idea of what you could change. Or look at artists whose tone you like, and check out their kit. Many guitarists post their kit and settings online for their fans.

That said, if you want a different tone, you can change everything from guitar, style, effects, amps, speakers etc - but doing it in a DAW after recording will be a challenge, as you already have that overdriven distortion there. Usually if you want to add effects in a DAW you go with as clean an input as possible (not always, but it makes life easier as you can then tweak everything)

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There are SO many variables to guitar tone.

Please accept that 90% of them are in your hands. The amp, the tone-woods, the amp-placement, the microphone, the mic-placement, the guitar's volume and tone settings, they all matter about ten percent.

Ninety percent of it is in your hands, and how you play the guitar.

Trust me on this.

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  • omg ... the tone woods... here ya go. youtube.com/watch?v=nrEar7dgVwI – Randy Zeitman Jun 10 '18 at 3:02
  • Yeah, Randy. I'm not actually a believer in 'tone woods' per se. (Not that alder or mahogany probably doesn't contribute to good tone more so than balsa wood, plywood, or cardboard). I just think that the notion gets more discussion than it deserves. That said, I included it in the earlier posting, just to get it out there before somebody made a huge issue of it. – Sparquelito Jun 10 '18 at 11:09
  • As a mech engineer working on vibration and damping, I would take a guess that the glue between the neck and fingerboard, etc, and the accuracy of the parts fitting together, has as much effect on how resonant an electric guitar is as the actual materials used. – user19146 Jun 11 '18 at 13:32

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