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acoustic guitar mic - SDC selection


Please can you someone suggest me a good small diaphragm condenser mic.

Recently I bought a AT4040 which I use on my Taylor acoustic guitar. I want to stereo mic. I ended using the AT4040 with my SM57. The recording is not up to the mark. Maybe if I experiment a lot more with the mic placements it might help. But folks at this forum say that for acoustic guitars the SDC mics are the best.

I am a budget musician and want to buy a SDC in the 150 - 200 price range. I zeroed down on the Audio technical AT3031 or AT3032. I intend to use one of these along with my AT404 LDC.

What are you suggestions / comments.



CoyoteTrax Fri, 03/24/2006 - 15:34
jahtao and TRA are right that just the 4040 should be ok. Record the guitar mono, double track it (record the part again) and pan L/R to get an amazing image.

But if you really want to record in pairs and want an SDC to match up with your 4040 for under $200 take a serious look at an Oktava MK-012 with the cardioid or omni capsule from The Sound Room. Their Oktava's are hand picked and worth every penny and are under $200. Oktava capsules from the sound room are really sweet as are the preamp bodies. An AKG C1000 is a nice choice, the R0de NT5 is nice, the AT's you chose will surely get the job done too. Also IMHO, if you're "rebel" enough, there's not a better SDC on the market for $200 than Scott Helmke's "Alice" mic (

Then again, you can always opt for another LDC and get yerself an AT3035 which is a very, very sweet LDC for AC guitars and would complement your 4040 nicely for under $200.

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therecordingart Tue, 03/21/2006 - 14:14
The AT4040 should be ok. Here is the "chain" of recording an acoustic.

Good guitarist > good instrument > good sounding room > good mic > good preamp

Off the bat I know that your mic and your guitar are good. How are the other things listed in comparison?

As far as a pair of SDC's your budget....Oktava. They are pretty damn good for a low price. You may have to sit down with a bunch of em and match them yourself though.

I sold mine for some Rode NT5's and I'm sorry that I did. Next up...Josephson C42's!!!!