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Unread 09-22-2005, 04:31 PM   #1
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Getting rid of the pick attack sound

I've been really curious about this ... is there a way to reduce or totally eliminate the pick attack sound (with the exception of not using one )?

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Unread 09-22-2005, 04:46 PM   #2
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There are a few ways you might. First, you gently fingerpick as you suggested. Second, you can use the volume knob and roll back on the volume for the pick and fade back in. Third, you can do the second thing, but with a volume pedal (easier, and what I personally do. )
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Heya,

I think you could also do this using the Compression effect.
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Well, personally I don't use picks, so I don't have that problem. I find it much easier w/o a pick.
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Rolling off the treble frequencies (on electrics, of course) would reduce some pick sound. Using a different material to pick may also work (though I wouldn't know what you would use... felt covered pick? ).
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I've been really curious about this ... is there a way to reduce or totally eliminate the pick attack sound (with the exception of not using one )?
A felt pick is my only idea.
It's funny, I buy picks that have a rippled edge so I can boost and accent the pick attack sound... I love it.

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Unread 09-22-2005, 08:40 PM   #7
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Heya,

I think you could also do this using the Compression effect.
I believe that does the exact opposite...
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I believe that does the exact opposite...
I disagree. I was going to say use a compressor. Why do you say this is the opposite?
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hmm... my RP50 had an option to do a fade in/ fade out with the compression...
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A compressor would have about the opposite effect of a volume pedal, as a compressor will soften dynamics, while a volume pedal will exaggerate them. However, both can be used to soften the attack of a sound, as in this instance, a volume pedal would be used as a sort of manual compression to soften the attack.
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I should have added an "I have no idea what i'm talking about" to my statement.

It just seems to be that my compressor makes pick attack sound a bit more pronounced, but that may just be me.
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Unread 09-23-2005, 01:08 AM   #12
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Felt covered pick sounds like a good idea

I don't mind with a single attack sound but when I'm using my delay the repeated plucking sound is quite a pain to my ears

How good will a compressor do this pluck-reducing job? Totally eliminate or just soften it?
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Along with what was already mentioned about rolling off the highs, you can try using your neck pickup, but those two solutions will affect more than just the pick attack sound, your overall tone will be shaped. But if you're really determined to get rid of that pick attack, you could get a parametric EQ, set your frequency really high to the freq of the pick attack, and set the Q really high, so the notch will be deep and have a narrow frequency range, which means little else will be affected. and that'll do it for you.
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Felt covered pick sounds like a good idea

I don't mind with a single attack sound but when I'm using my delay the repeated plucking sound is quite a pain to my ears

How good will a compressor do this pluck-reducing job? Totally eliminate or just soften it?
mostly just soften it. If you want to totally eliminate the pick sound, but not necessarily use a volume pedal everytime you pick something, I suggest buying a limiter, and tweaking it till your pick attack is out of the threshold.
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i was thinking picks. try out some jim dunlop nylon picks. also there is another called the 'zero gravity' by orbit. search for it on musiciansfriend.com that one really eliminates pick noise. both of the pick choices i mentioned lend a more mellow tone to the sound though. there's other picks out there that will do the same probably, those are just the first that come to mind.
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