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How to Add AGGRESSION to Distorted Guitars and Amp Sims

How to Add AGGRESSION to Distorted Guitars and Amp Sims

My Top Tricks Adding Aggression To Distorted Guitars and Amp Sims

I find that when mixing heavy guitars (especially when using amp sims), it’s really easy to lose the aggression and edge that was originally captured. Luckily, there are a few tricks we can do to bring that feeling back to our mixes.

One of my favorite tricks to add some life back to a lifeless distorted guitar is to use a transient enhancer. A transient enhancer will add a little volume swell to the beginning of every palm mute or string pluck. The trick here it to do it so it’s almost unnoticible.

One transient enhancer plugin that I think sounds the best is actually made for DRUMS! It’s called Smack Attack by Waves.

In the video below, you will learn the best settings to use to bring those boring, lifeless guitars back to life.

It’s important to note that putting the transient enhancer before or after the guitar amp or amp sim will make a HUGE difference in the overall sound and vibe.

00:00 – Intro
00:39 – Here is my FREE Gift to you
01:35 – The Original Song
02:14 – Dissecting the Guitar Tone
02:53 – How to add more aggression and bite to distorted guitars
04:15 – Using Smack Attack on a Guitar DI before an amp sim
05:36 – What transient enhancers do to guitar DI tone?
07:13 – Adding MAXIMUM Aggression to guitars
07:41 – Listening in Context with the song
08:14 – Do you use transient enhancer on guitars?
08:41 – Don’t forget your FREE GIFT!

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Bobby Balow

I'm an audio enthusiast, entrepreneur, and owner of Raytown Productions – an online mixing, mastering, and production studio. I love challenging artists and musicians to create art that is honest and resonates with others.

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