I wanted to start a thread for the beginners (I consider myself one) to get some basic, common, tips.
What do you veterans think about reverb? Is it common for beginners to add a bunch?
I think it gets over used because when a beginner records the first guitar track of a song and listens to it, they want it to sound fuller, wants to cover mistakes in playing, and wants to even out the notes dynamically (doesn’t understand how to use a compressor yet). Then as they add more tracks they need to match reverb and the mix gets muddy very quickly. Of course, the solution is to wait until all the instruments are in the mix and (probably) start with ZERO reverb and then add a little bit at a time.
I can remember when I started playing, I loved reverb, heavy distortion, chorus, etc. because it made me sound better. There is a point where you realize you sound better without all the noise. Don’t get me wrong, effects should be used but should be very targeted in their purpose.
So… TIP #1: TURN OFF ALL THE REVERB AND BALANCE YOUR MIX FIRST, THEN ADD A LITTLE AT A TIME.
What say you experts?