Micing acoustic guitar in a music hall

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by galas, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. galas

    galas Guest

    Hi all, my roommate is a solo acoustic guitarist and recently got a job at a local music hall which sounds very, very good. His bosses said they would let him record in there, and I am writing to ask about techniques and mic suggestions for such a setup. I have never really had access to a room that actually sounded good, so my (limited) experience in recording has only been close-micing techniques. I have read a lot about XY micing with a pair of SDC's, or micing from over the shoulder and out in front, but all of these methods seem to be more for close-micing. would it be good to add an omni to an XY SDC setup? or would a better approach altogether be to use two omnis (earthworks or something) like 6 feet away to capture full room reverb sound? i work for a sound company so i have access to a good selection of mics (KM184s, AKG 414s, etc) so i'm open to all suggestions. thanks!
  2. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Is this a classical recording or similar folk-type recording? You may want to post over at the acoustic music forum as you'll get some good answers there.

    Anyways, I do one of a bunch of techniques... In general, I always use a coincident pair and when I can use a good room pair, I use them as well.

    Lately, i've been enjoying the use of a Royer SF-24 stereo ribbon mic. I also like use my AKG stereo mics- either a 426 or a C-34 in a Mid-Side or Blumlein setup. These could easily be reproduced with individual mics, but they are good patterns to record Guitar. I know others that really like ORTF with quality condensers (ie Neumann KM140's, Schoeps, etc...)

    In the end, use your ears. If it sounds good, do it, if it doesn't sound good, change your setup to make it sound good. You may find something about this particular instrument/room/setup that normally wouldn't be used, but sounds great.



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