Currently Being ModeratedOct 5, 2012 3:14 AM (in response to yourbuddy697)Re: Tremendous pick attack annoyance (ux2)
Would be interesting to hear some clips.
Wow. It certainly seems like you've tried a lot of different things to find a solution.
Have you tried it in an amp to see if it is as noticable?
Either something in the ux2/podfarm makes it sound like this (i.e. the natural sound of the guitar with the ux2) or it could be another thing - but I am pretty sure you know for certain it is the picking that is causing it, but I'll mention it just in case. I just wondered if maybe the strings are a bit low for the strength of your picking i.e. if the strings are very low, it won't take as much to make the string buzz on the frets. The strings can be raised a little to allow for stronger picking. Sorry if you have already ruled that out. Just wanted to make sure.
By the way, what's it sound like when you just use the side of your thumb to pluck a string? Is the sound still there?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 5, 2012 4:58 AM (in response to yourbuddy697)Re: Tremendous pick attack annoyance (ux2)
If the pick attack is too harsh, like you're descriibing, several factors could be the cause. Nickel would strings as opposed to stainless steel would reduce the upper frequencies quite a bit. Have you tried this through and amp as opposed to Pod Farm? Could be some processing glitch in your sound card. Have you switched guitar cables? They have a HUGE impact on your overall tone. Since this guitar has active pickups, you would need to use a pad on the input, and the wood combinations should make for a warm, rounded tone. I have a guitar with the same type of construction, but with passive pickups, and I get a great tone, but I'm also using it in the effects loop of a tube amp, so that warms things up a bit. If you have a tube amp, try an A/B test to see if the anomoly recreates itself. Be experimental and see what combinations of things add up to a good tone. Thinking outside of the box is how great tones are created. I've used the Vintage Console mic preamp in line with an EQ, some delay and reverb and got great results, especially with taming the highs a bit. I'm looking forward to hearing your progress ....
Currently Being ModeratedOct 5, 2012 6:12 AM (in response to yourbuddy697)Re: Tremendous pick attack annoyance (ux2)
Yeah, some clips would be great.
Are you hearing this on clean and hi-gain tones?
Just based on your description, I would suspect a gate and or compressor with undesirable settings.