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Avoiding breath noises while tracking acoustic guitar?

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by EricWatkins, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. EricWatkins

    EricWatkins Active Member

    Any suggestions on this? I am tracking acoustic guitar with an AT-4047 and an AT2020. Both are cardiod pattern mics and I have even placed them a little above the guitar facing down so as to turn them away from the player's head, hoping they would reject the breath sounds even more but I am still getting a lot of it in the recording. These are being recorded as part of what will be acoustic/vocal only so it's really important to try to keep the recordings as artifact free as possible. Any suggestions on technique that might help. I'm loving the guitar tone I am getting btw. It's just the breath sounds that are getting in the way of an otherwise great recording. Thanks.

  2. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Are you sure you aren't making too much of this? Yeah, breathing is an artifact, but it shouldn't be anywhere nearly as loud as a guitar. If you are getting a guitar sound you really like I'd be hesitant to change - other than maybe giving the guitarist some Sudafed. But the obvious answer is to move the mics closer to the guitar.
  3. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

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  4. EricWatkins

    EricWatkins Active Member

    Lol, thanks Bob. He does have a tendency to breath kind of hard and it's almost rhythmic with the chord repositioning of his left hand. He's an incredible player and I think he just concentrates so hard on the playing that he doesnt really notice the breathing. I am fairly close already on the 12th fret at about 8-10 inches but the Bridge mic is probably two feet away. I kind of moved it back because the guitar (a Blue Ridge) has a really big bottom end. Up close it was kind of overbearing on a not-so-perfect low frequency. Pulling it back about a foot and a half really seemed to work. Anyway, thanks for the advice. :)

  5. natural

    natural Active Member

    I've had this come up from time to time, with , how should I say it, more than slightly overweight guitarists. I haven't found a solution except to suggest that they switch breathing through whichever is least objectionable (mouth or nose)
    I say, Stick a snorkel in his mouth. If you get him to go along with it, please post a picture because the one in my mind is hilarious.

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