Recording and mixing acoustic guitar with two mics?

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  1. Hi, I'm new round here.

    I've started recording with two mics. If I record with 2 mics on the guitar going to separate tracks on the daw, how do I go about panning to best effect? IOW what is the best way to pan but keeping the *stereo* effect? I've been trying to use combinations of panning and altering the volume of each track. I need to know in order to be able to place lead/rhythm guitar either left/right etc.

    This is what i've done so far.

    NT1a, sm beta57a, vlz3 mixer.

    Any tips would be welcome. Or if anyone knows of tutorials.


  2. RemyRAD

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    Sep 26, 2005
    If there was a cut and dried way to record acoustic guitar, we wouldn't need to be engineers. There is no correct way. There is only the way that sounds good. A pair of guitars, recorded in stereo, light generally be placed left & right. Of course, if recorded each in stereo, generally one Channel of each guitar track will be panned hard left & hard right. With its other channel panned left of center & right of center and even possibly, hard right & hard left at slightly lower levels so as to keep the duel nature & stereo character of both acoustic guitars. There's your tutorial. You're looking for good sound & not what a book indicates or other morons might tell you to do. It just comes down to sound. It's either good? Or it's bad? And only you can be the judge of that. Of course it also helps to compare it to professional CD releases of similar like material. The business of recording engineering is all about listening, perception & the ability to manipulate your non-sound producing musical instruments a.k.a. recording equipment.

    You are already doing something quite smart & unique. You're not using a pair of matched "stereo microphones". You are using a wideband condenser microphone & a slightly bandwidth limited, dynamic microphone. This presents 2 distinctly different tonal characteristics, which can truly add to the stereo effect. So while this kind of technique would not necessarily be appropriate on a Symphony Orchestra, it's totally applicable to the way in which you are currently using them. I like what I heard and thought it was very well recorded. The stereo effect of the 2 guitars appear to be very nice. So you're really doing the right thing already.

    Nice. Very nice.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. Thank you for taking the time to listen Remy. I really appreciate it and you kind comments. It is very addictive this recording acoustic sources. I have touched my electric guitar and pod xt for months now!!

    Thanks again. Great forum, I stumbled across it today by accident!..

    Regards Kevin
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