Mic placements article with audio samples

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  1. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

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    I found this today. Thought I'd share.
    https://www.cakewalk.com/Support/Knowledge-Base/2007013311/10-Microphone-Placement-Techniques-for-Acoustic-Guitar

    Even if it's for guitars, the techniques still apply for other instruments
     
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  2. Reverend Lucas

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    Thanks for the heads up on the good article.

    It mentions in the article that M/S is hated by some. I see M/S as a useful option with the added benefit of being able to control stereo width. I'm curious, does anyone here hate M/S?

    I thought the vertical spaced pair was interesting, too. I haven't used this technique, and didn't care much for it in the example. Has anyone had any good results with it?
     
  3. paulears

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    I think people think they hate M/S but few have actually tried it. For some things, it's just as valid a technique as many of the others. Maybe 15 years ago I was recording lots of effects and atmos for theatre work, and it was extremely useful not having to make width decisions out in the field.
     
  4. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Well-Known Member

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    I use M-S all the time - drums, acoustic guitars, amps...

    I'm not saying I use it all the time on everything, but I do use it quite often, that's for sure.

    I agree with Paul that those who say they don't like it have either never used the array or... did it wrong. ;)
     
  5. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

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    I like the M/S technic and I will surely try this vertical spaced pair. I found the sample interesting with more bottom end than other technic. it may be a good choice for thin guitars.
     
  6. Davedog

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    I'm a spaced pair, XY, and vertical spaced pair kinda guy on the acoustic. I will use an over-the-shoulder room spot mic with the spaced pair if I want a bigger body sound of the guitar. I also use single mics a lot. The most telling part of this video was just how good the Audix i5 sounded as a quick and dirty mic. I could use that in most productions.

    One thing I find very compelling for single mic applications on acoustic is you really get deep into mic selection and preamp selection. It teaches a lot about the sound delivery of particular acoustic guitars.
     

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