Re: [LAU] Using a microphone to record acoustic guitar

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To: Christian Schumann <schumann@...>
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Date: Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 3:36 am

This post falls into the "Do as I say, not as I do" realm, but I have
been experimenting with this for a while now and have a few
observations to add.

1) Condenser mics are essential if you hope to capture anything
resembling what you hear as you play. As far as I can tell, one is
pretty much as good as another, but I'm partial to Oktava.

2) Two mics are better than one. A simple XY configuration does wonders.

3) Angle the mic configuration downward at, as someone pointed out
above, about a 70 degree angle (actually, I would expect that the
optimal angle would differ according to how your guitarist wields
their axe... anyway, point 'em down).

4) There are no hard-and-fast rules -- it depends on the sound you
want. If you want a crisp, "blue" sound, mic just up the neck from
the joint. If you want a browner sound, mic close to the hole. If
you want a percussive sound, mic the body itself. The great thing
about the guitar is that it's so many instruments rolled into one.
There's no one-size-fits-all solution for mic-ing.

Hope that helps.
On Jan 16, 2008 3:53 AM, Christian Schumann wrote:

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[LAU] Using a microphone to record acoustic guitar, Leslie P. Polzer, (Tue Jan 15, 10:39 pm)
Re: [LAU] Using a microphone to record acoustic guitar, Christian Schumann, (Wed Jan 16, 8:53 am)
Re: [LAU] Using a microphone to record acoustic guitar, Charles Linart, (Thu Jan 17, 3:36 am)
Re: [LAU] Using a microphone to record acoustic guitar, DA. Forsyth, (Wed Jan 16, 6:13 am)
Re: [LAU] Using a microphone to record acoustic guitar, Julien Claassen, (Tue Jan 15, 10:45 pm)
Re: [LAU] Using a microphone to record acoustic guitar, Geoff Beasley, (Tue Jan 15, 10:49 pm)
Re: [LAU] Using a microphone to record acoustic guitar, Geoff Beasley, (Tue Jan 15, 10:43 pm)