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Old 03-25-2003, 10:36 PM
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Default HELP! Acoustic guitar recording and mixing.

Needless to say... My acoustic guitar recording sounds like pooh. What do you guys recommend for micking and mixing? I've only got the plugins that come wiht LE. Also, i'm very interested in the sound of the guitars on John Mayer's "Inside wants out" album.

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Old 03-25-2003, 10:46 PM
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Default Re: HELP! Acoustic guitar recording and mixing.

What kind of mics are you using? How and where are you placing the mics? What type guitar is it? What type of room are you recording it in? All of this info will help us help you better.
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Old 03-25-2003, 11:17 PM
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Default Re: HELP! Acoustic guitar recording and mixing.

I'm using my Fender GA45-SCE, for the mics i'm using my MXL V93M, and a nady CM90... True they're cheap... I'm recording in my room. It's about 14'x18' with your typical ceiling height. I was placing the CM90 near the 14th fret, and the MXL directly in front of the soundhole.
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Old 03-25-2003, 11:53 PM
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Default Re: HELP! Acoustic guitar recording and mixing.

Well, you can start by moving that second mic away from the soundhole - try placing it just behind, and slightly beneath, the bridge. The other one at the 14th fret should be fine.

Don't be afraid to experiment with positioning. A small change can sometimes make a huge difference, so move those mics around until you hear what you like. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

Oktava MC012's are fairly inexpensive ($200 for a matched set if you haggle a bit at Gtr Ctr) and sound very good on acoustics. BTW, what TYPE of acoustic do you have?

Also, in the mix, you might want to roll off some low end - especially if you have a lot of other things going on along with the guitar (such as kick drum and bass guitar).
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Old 03-26-2003, 05:31 AM
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Default Re: HELP! Acoustic guitar recording and mixing.

Just to follow up with what Phil suggested: If you're using the 001 pre's make sure you go in to the hardware setup and engage the high pass filters. Additionally, if you are using headphones while you record, get to know the headphones! If they seem overly hyped in the high end than you should know that the sound of your acoustic coming through the headphones should also be overly hyped in the high end. If you are hearing a mellow, bassy sound coming from the guitar (in the headphones), change the position of the mics until it gets to that overly hyped, high end sound. Also, to reduce proximity effect, move the mics away from the guitar. You can also mess around with rotating the mics slightly so that the guitar is not directly on-axis with the diaphram.
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Old 03-27-2003, 12:35 AM
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Default Re: HELP! Acoustic guitar recording and mixing.

Call me dumb, but where do you go to enable the highpass in PTLE? I use an Mbox, but my buddy is on an 001 and I never thought to do such a thing. I learn something new every day, even when I don't want to!

Seems weird to have sw settings for something that is more of a hw thing. Most consoles have pretty buttons for me to see what is on/off. I like buttons. Buttons are good, and switches too. Whoops sorry, slipped into Homer mode. I wonder if I buy a new mixer if it comes with donuts?
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