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Recording acoustic guitar - hear my breathing etc

So I cut a track of acoustic guitar using a stereo pair of RODE M5's .... And I can hear my mouth sounds and breathing. My room is not ideal - there's noise anyway but the mouth sounds.... Bla! I'm about 2 feet from the mics and about 18 to 20 inches above them and have my head cocked to the side breathing away from them. (So maybe 36 inches away).

When the other tracks are playing the noise is fine.... But there's a few softer or acoustic only passages. What do the pros do here? It's a 6 minute song - can't hold my breath that long.

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Recording Acoustic Guitar and room acoustic

Somewhere in this is my quote of the day ,

recording an acoustic guitar in a poorly treated room is like recording it in two bad rooms in one shot.
The acoustic guitar body is a room in itself, which is effected by the room it is being playing in.. Care to word it better, be my guest! Its a good one to remember.

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Budget Microphones for Recording Acoustic Guitars

I don't have much of a budget but I want something better or rather more suited than the AT-3035 which I use for vocals. I hear good things about the SM-57 (my budget is about the cost of one, or $100) but not sure if that extends to micing an acoustic guitar. I'd like to blend my pickup with it to get a nice mix of a sound.

I'm just doing straight up strumming for the most part. I don't do much to any finger picking.

How low can you go(on the levels when recording acoustic guitar)

I am micing an acoustic guitar with 2 condensor mics(not the greatest, but fair), using an Art Tps II 2 channel preamp, and a korg D888. In the past I felt I have recorded with the levels too loud, not peaking, but with the gain high enough that it creates a guitar tone that is far from what I desire. I have found at lower levels the tone is more natural and warmer. My question is how, low is too low? It looks like on the recording I did today the levels are mostly between -30db and -20db with a couple spots getting as loud as -13db and as quiet as -40.

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