After gaining a perfect balance between the rhythm and vocal tracks, I decided to make the lead guitar line the centerpiece of the arrangement by cranking up the volume and placing it as high in the mix as possible.
When you’re recording your acoustic songs, by pushing up individual parts at opportune moments in the arrangement, you stand to highlight the subtle, majestic and poetic tones of a particular part or melody, stopping the listener in their tracks and giving your tune a whole new depth in the process. As long as the rest of the parts are well balanced, this simple yet effective dynamic technique will work wonders—give it a try.
When it comes to acoustic songs, subtle use of studio effects can go a long way. In both versions of the example track, I have applied Spire’s professional studio effects to spice up the overall sound, tone, and feel of the song.
In these tracks, I’ve used the Acoustic Shaper and Intimate Vibes Space to give the song warmth while accentuating the nuance of each note and chord performed within the track.
The main difference, effects-wise, between the original and final version of the excerpt, is that in the latter of the two, I added a percussive clapping track which I added a large dose of Warm Voice reverb to with the view of giving the track more flow and edge.
When adding effects to tracks within your acoustic songs, the more experimental the better. But, to get the best results, you should start with a subtle application of a particular effect and try out a few different options before you hit the record button. The take home here is: don’t be afraid to use effects in your acoustic recordings, they are your friend—all you need to do is conduct a little trial and error and acoustic success will be yours.