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Best Way to Record Acoustic Guitar?

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by rbf738, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. rbf738

    rbf738 Active Member

    I have an Ibanez acoustic electric and an audio technica AT3035 condenser mic. I've been getting half decent sounds mixing with the Ibanez' preamp/eq for straight in recording and with just micing the guitar, but it could be much better. Maybe there's a low budget mic good for picking up acoustic guitar, I don't know. If someone has a budget solution I'd really appreciate it if it could get me a more pro sound.
     
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Two suggestions for you. A pair of NT5(5)'s to go with your AT3035 or a pair of AT4041's. I always buy mic's in pairs and it's what I recommend to others. Makes things far more versatile. Cascade makes a pair of pencils as well.
     
  3. rbf738

    rbf738 Active Member

    Good tip. How would you recommend that I place multiple microphones to get the best full sound? And should I go into a small bathroom in my house to do this or use any kind of certain space?
     
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    http://www.dpamicrophones.com/en/Microphone-University/ApplicationGuide/Acoustic Guitar.aspx
    http://www.dpamicrophones.com/en/Mic-University/StereoTechniques.aspx

    These are just some good reading materials for you. There are many ways to close mic a guitar. I usually put a pencil at the 12th fret, and one at the bridge. Another setup is 12th fret and over the shoulder pointing down towards the guitar by the performer's ear. Another is to use the 12th fret and have a larger diaphragm condenser back about 2 feet. Another would be to use mid/side technique but you don't have a fig8 mic so that one is out.

    You get the idea. You adapt what you have to your particular room and guitar. In most of these techniques the room isn't so much a factor because you are close micing but don't rule out shifting the position to find a room's sweet spot.
     
  5. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    I have tried all of John's methods, and have found great success with each.

    I have a starting point of 12th fret and bridge (area) like him, but will stray to the other alternatives if it isn't working. Same thing w/ room - you may want that bathroom sound, you may not.

    In other words- Be prepared to vary mic choice, mic placement, and instrument placement depending on the instrument, the style, and the room.

    FWIW, I usually use my Cascade M39s on acoustic guitar, and am always satisfied.
    Mine came free w/ my pair of ribbons (best mic buy I ever made), but they're $150 a pair now.
    Still underpriced, IMHO.
     

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