Recording Acoustic Guitars
Recording acoustic guitars is a little more difficult than recording an electric guitar. First remember to check the strings and change them or clean them as necessary. Dirt severely alters the harmonics of a string and not for the better. Next we will need a good large diaphragm condenser microphone like our Neumann U87 or the AKG 414. If you have to, use a cheaper mic like the AKG C3000 or a similar mic. If you have one use a good compressor set it on about a 3 to 1 ratio. Use your ears as always to fine tune it. Adjust it up to 4 to one and down to 2 to one to find a good range.
Next put the microphone about 10 inches away from the sound hole of the guitar pointed towards the upper frets of the guitar. For more fullness angle the mic back towards the sound hole but be careful not to get the sound too full. If you have a second mic one can be placed further back or behind the guitar to add more fullness. As with all recording use your ears to find the right sound before you record.
Tips and Tricks - Already set up and you just need tips and tricks to make your recording sound better. Click here.
Drums - If you need help or tips on recording acoustic drums then this is the place to check out.
Electric Guitars - If you want help recording a electric guitar then check out this page.
Bass - Need help capturing that electric bass we offer a few options for you here.
Vocals - Vocals can make or break a project. Get some nice tips for recording vocals here.
Other Instruments - Want to add that saxophone, cello, or flute to a project. Get the facts here.
Mixing - Need help mixing those tracks to get the right sound from your mix. We can help here.
Equalization or Eq - Do you have a basic overall level and the tracks panned where you want them. Then check out our tips on Equalization or Eq.
Adding Audio effects - If you have the levels where you want them and have added Eq its time to add some plug-ins or effects like reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, and other effects to help that final mix shine.
Mastering - Need help mastering your songs. Get the low down here.
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