different mic choice on steel vs nylon strung guitar ?

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by GentleG, Aug 25, 2007.

  1. GentleG

    GentleG Guest

    Hi all,

    I'm not a complete newbie on recording, but I don't have any knowledge on mic choice/placement when it comes to the difference (is there?) between a nylon and a steel strung guitar.

    Normally there's only 1 accoustic guitar I have to deal with at a time. Mostly I prefer a Beyer M260. Or MD421-II in live situations.

    This time I'm to record a duo: both sing and both play guitar: one nylon the other steel. It's gonna be a multitrack one take, no audience, no video. I'm not too sure these guys can balance levelwise.

    I was wondering if anyone has some good starting points on mic choice/placement. Or any other experience with these two accoustics side by side. Or maybe even a suggestion on the whole setup.

    Thanks & Cheers

    2 Rode NT1A
    4 Oktava mk012-03
    3 Shure SM57lc
    1 Shure Beta52A
    1 Shure SM58
    1 Sennheiser MD 421N
    1 Sennheiser MD 421-II
    1 Sennheiser MD 431-II
    2 Sennheiser MD 441u
    1 Beyer M260N
    1 Beyer M99
  2. GentleG

    GentleG Guest

    Just in case another beginner finds this thread looking for answers:

    I decided to go simple:
    2 MK012 cardioid in a sort of NOS
    just over a meter (about 4 feet) from the performers
    it came out great

    So for all your other beginners out there:
    there isn't a lot of difference recording steel vs nylon string, the same basics apply

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