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December 9, 2019

Welcome, this episode is all about guitars. I’ve had some recent requests regarding what
kind of guitar, cables, audio interfaces, DI-boxes and plugins I use when I record guitars
for post rock tracks. My name is Mattias and yeah, let’s take the
tour. Ok, so here we have a track that I’m working
on with some guitars. [Chill post rock music with shimmering ambient
guitars.] Ok so the main guitars on this track is recorded
with this Gibson Midtown Custom. It’s a very nice guitar with a big, fat tone. And I’m using some simple cables from Neutrik. It’s a medium / not too expensive cable. And on some of the other tracks I’m using
this RG 570, it’s a Ibanez guitar. It has a very thin neck so I like to play
leads on this guitar. These days I rarely play on the Ibanez because
the Gibson sounds so much better. We have this first guitar track called Gibson
Drone and the first device that I insert on any guitar channel…we can look at the information
panel here too… that’s a gate effect. Because we want to gate out any unwanted noise
from the guitar. If we pick this up and play something. So this first track is a kind of drone-y sound. And we first have the gate then we have this
guitar amp plugin. It’s actually free! It’s called U530, or Tube Amp Ultra 530. It’s from Mercurrial Audio, and we can actually
disable some of these other plugins so we can hear this in isolation. So this is the basic clean sound from the
U530. I really like this plugin because it’s…I
mean it’s free! So that’s a very warm clean sound. But in the free version of Ultra 530 you can’t
control the “Clean Gain”. It’s set to 12 o´clock here. We can de-activate the “Brightness”. I think the EQ is locked too. But you can control the Clean Volume of course. Then we have a chorus, which we can activate. And a cabinet emulation. And some low clean boost which usually have
activated. We also have a lead channel. Then there’s apparantly different tubes, but
in the free version you have to use this 12AX7-TS. We can’t switch tube…but, if you want to
change them you can buy the full version. But I really think that this one sounds very
good. And then we can move the microphone on the
cabinet here. I usually have it around here somewhere. You hear that we get more low-end as you go
further into the edge of the speaker-cone. But usually I of course use this plugin in
the clean mode. Then after this U530 we have an EQ where I
cut out the lows and the low-mids. Because there’s a lot of lows and low-mids
in this sound. Then we have a multi-band effect and on this
multi band I have a compressor only set on the low-end. Then we have a Molot compressor and this compressor
is setup to boost the sound. Boost
the audio. And I have this Mid-Scoop set to the mids
and dipping (reducing) -2 db. So we get a little bit more grit on the guitar
signal. Then I was experimenting with various reverbs
for this track because this is the Gibson drone track and I wanted it to have some nice
reverb. We have this free OldSkoolverb. It’s a quite nice room sound and it’s a free
reverb. All the plugins will be available as links
in the description. Then I chose this MTurboReverb. Which is a much more authentic room sound. I think the MTurboReverb actually gives more
real room feeling. Then I have this ValhallaSpaceModulator, it
was only to try out the effect because it can get quite wild. And in this case it’s used as a tremolator. Then I have a delay. First I was using this Delay-2, which is the
standard native delay within Bitwig. But I chose this Valhalla Frequency Echo instead. This is a very nice delay. It’s very simple to setup. You have the mix, delay knob, which can be
set to sync. And some shifting which will pitch shift the
delay taps. And then we have feedback and, yeah, some
low-cut and hi-cut. Yeah and then finally on this track. The gibson drone here, we have an EQ. And this EQ is actually used as a band pass
filter to get a very narrow sound field. So that’s to get this radio effect. Then the second track. Let’s listen to that in solo. [Rhytmic damped guitar melody.] Yeah, so that’s basically a simple little
pattern. Yeah, so that’s the same kind of guitar plugin
setup on this track. We have the gate, we have the U530. And then we have an EQ with a little bit more
low-cut. Because I want to get rid of that mud in the
low-end. If this was a track with a single guitar channel
we could use that, but as we have more instruments in this track we want to get rid of that low-end. Then the same multi-band effect which gets
rid of more lows. Then the Molot Compressor. And here I was experimenting with this Head
Crusher plugin to get more grit. So this is a quite nice saturation device
if you want to add saturation to your tracks. Then we have the MTurboReverb. It’s the Studio preset. After this one we have delay from Bitwig,
but I chose this Valhalla Freq Echo instead. Finally we have an EQ at the end of the channel. But this time I’m not doing this band-pass. I’m rather just cutting the lows and high-end
here. Ok, so the third channel here is called Gibson
Shimmer. Let’s listen to this one. Yeah so that’s a kind of shimmer reverb on
this one. It’s the same guitar setup as the previous
channels. We have the gate, U530, EQ, Multi-band, Molot,
the MTurboReverb and we have another plugin here called the Soundhack Bubbler. Which is creating all these glittering small
pitched grains. And if I deactivate that we can hear what
I actually played. So that’s a quite simple guitar line. But with the Bubbler it creates this very
nice sound scape. And then we have the OldSkoolVerb which is
set to quite high values. With Time and the Space here to give it a
very long reverb tail. Then we have an EQ at the end of the chain. Which, yeah, which cuts some of the lows and
a little bit of the highs there. So that’s the shimmer channel. Ok, so regarding audio interfaces. Today I’m using this interface from Steinberg
called UR22mk2 but I usually record guitars through the Apogee Duet 2. Which I think is a really great audio interface. Ok so when recording guitars into the Maschine
mk3 I am using a direct injection box, or a DI-box. This is a Phonic DB2 DI-Box. The padding is set at 0db because I don’t
want to have any dampening on the audio level. I don’t have the ground-lift activated but
it’s possible to do if you have hum in the studio. If you find that your audio signal into your
soundcard sounds weak or muffled it’s usually the case that you don’t have a Hi-Z (impedance)
input. So get yourself a direct injection, DI box
so you can get rid of that muffled sound. Because if you have a good guitar, of course
you want to have a good sound into your sound card too. Ok, so that’s a wrap for today. Thanks for checking out this video regarding
my post rock guitar recording setup. If you have any questions on the plugins used
in this video, or recording guitars and audio in Bitwig Studio please shoot them in the
comments section below. Now you can continue and watch my next video. Thanks a lot for watching today and…yeah,
see you in the next one! My name is Mattias, bye! [Shimmer guitar backdrop with a soothing cello


  • Reply Mattias Holmgren May 29, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Today we look at some of the Best Free Plugins For Post Rock Guitar – My Guitar Setup. Even though I have many payed plugins like Bias FX etc. I tend to use some free plugins when I record and process guitar for my tracks. In this video we look at a little semi-ambient post rock cue that I'm working on. We talk about the whole recording chain from guitar – cable – audio interface… to plugins.

    In the video we are working in Bitwig Studio, but I also like working with guitars in Logic Pro X, because it has a great set of native plugins for guitar in the core package.

    I hope you will find this little sneak into my guitar setup useful for your own productions.


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    Valhalla Freq Echo:




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  • Reply beep May 29, 2019 at 11:36 am

    i came to start from 12:38 😉

  • Reply shitmandood May 29, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Have you tried the Trash 2 plugin with the guitar yet? That's one of the things I've wanted to try after getting moved (only 1.5 weeks away before moving finally starts). I don't know if you saw my recent comment, but I've managed to get Studio One 4 Pro for $200 & it has arrived, but I can't install it until Friday evening. So I won't be moving to Cubase. I also picked up Twangstrom and a Kontakt instrument called Bronze Bin (by SoundIron).

    I think the only thing I'm pissed about with Studio One is that it doesn't support MPE. That seems like a glaring oversight for the King of the DAWs. You know what is really a kick in the head? If you had produced more Bitwig videos of you integrating your guitar with Bitwig, it might've prevented me from buying Studio One. lol. I've been looking at Bitwig as a sound design & synth tool & it doesn't seem guitar-friendly although it doesn't have the highly prized chord track that Studio One has. Chord Track, Drum editor, and its Pattern maker are what drew me to Studio One basically. I'm definitely not abandoning Bitwig or anything. I still have my Maschine Jam to play with for Bitwig, Maschine stand-alone software, & need to find out if Maschine works inside Studio One..not sure yet.

  • Reply Renatto Nuñez May 29, 2019 at 9:15 pm


  • Reply Renatto Nuñez May 29, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Master, one question. What can be done whit a naylon acoustic guitar recorded by mic?

  • Reply marti garaughty May 30, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Excellent overview and demos… thx Mattias !

  • Reply Te mise May 30, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    oh,that is so good,爱你!

  • Reply ISRA-EL Dammy June 2, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Nice video, please what version of bitwig did you use in this video?

  • Reply Станислав Р. July 9, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Did you look for any guitar for yourself at the sale of David Gilmour?

  • Reply Mounir Belahbib August 26, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    i discovered your channel now im really impressed you clean af ! keep going dude

  • Reply Anjo The Weezky September 19, 2019 at 10:32 am

    That sounds lit

  • Reply Rhitosparsha Baishya September 20, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Nice video! But it would've been more helpful to listen to the sound of the guitar direct from the DAW while adding the effects, instead of through the mic.

  • Reply Tom Lapierre September 24, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Your "gentleman" track made me think of the song "Daughter" from Youth. Nice vid, Im up and ready for some post rock now.

  • Reply Alexey Chernov October 24, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you very much for this inspiring video, Mattias! So much of lovely guitar sound! Oh, I feel the need to learn playing it again!) Especially on something like your nice Gibson)

    Have you used sampling for the Gibson shimmer track or what is it? Firstly I thought it's a reverb of some guitar notes, but then you're playing it live. Very nice effect! The fast bass-like guitar track also sounds so nice and energetic. Many our local rock bands in 80-90s tried and experimented with drum machines and all the electronic stuff and such fast guitar lines were quite usual, just remembered that 🙂

    Thanks for this video, Mattias! Have a wonderful and creative weekend!

  • Reply Chris Davies December 4, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    mercurial is not free it's $50

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