Old 04-04-2019, 02:40 AM   #1
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Hi all. First post ....
Loving reaper so far. I am trying to get close to john martyn's recorded tone. Specifically this one.

https://youtu.be/W6Jvp3QBwgY

The tone is sublime and I know it's probably to do with mic technique , analog tape etc etc but I just want to get in the ballpark. Is there any way to mimic it through some sort of eq matching thingy in reaper?

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Old 04-05-2019, 07:39 AM   #2
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Hi all. First post ....
Loving reaper so far. I am trying to get close to john martyn's recorded tone. Specifically this one.

https://youtu.be/W6Jvp3QBwgY

The tone is sublime and I know it's probably to do with mic technique , analog tape etc etc but I just want to get in the ballpark. Is there any way to mimic it through some sort of eq matching thingy in reaper?
I think you're right - it is a good sound.

There's an article about Sound Techniques studios https://www.soundonsound.com/people/...und-techniques

If you can get a good clean, fairly dead, guitar recording (doubling as necc.) you can fake the rest pretty much. I'd use a tiny bit of room reverb, then a touch of compression, and then a little bit of a nice plate reverb.

A lot of budget capacitor-microphones have far to much going on in the top end for tasteful AG - if you're stuck with something like that be prepared to turn down that top end a couple or few dB.
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Old 04-05-2019, 09:29 AM   #3
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Here's Mr. Luff's Spectrum Matcher JS plugin. I've used it on acoustic guitar with varying degrees of success.

https://geraintluff.github.io/jsfx/#Spectrum%20Matcher
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Old 04-05-2019, 02:25 PM   #4
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Slightly OT perhaps but something about the John Martyn track reminded me of this from a couple of years earlier - in fact the guitar tone is not strictly comparable but the vibe is sort of similar. Listen all the way through for some amazing bouzouki / guitar interplay.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6CAzIHVQtY
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Old 04-09-2019, 09:17 AM   #5
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Here is my first attempt.
Please critique

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https://soundcloud.com/tommyhayes/singing-in-the-rain-1
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:48 AM   #6
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The playing's fine. Course, the JM track is strummed on a low-ish tuning (it's an open C) so, obv. it's warmer because of that. Yours is pretty dang bright in comparison. You might want to try a steep lowpass at 15kHz and pull down a broad band centred on 1kHz.

There's a patch around 10k that could do with cutting, also.
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