How to record acoustic guitar with only one mic - Part 1: Getting Started

by: Georg Neumann GmbH

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acoustic guitar what a great instrument its tone is pure emotion you touch the strings and you create a mood how could you better express yourself

recording acoustic guitar and all its natural beauty isn't all that easy or maybe it is with the right tools and the right techniques welcome to the no 1 home studio Academy in this tutorial we're going to be talking about how to get a great acoustic guitar sound with only one microphone later we'll be looking at different kinds of microphones and different positions to put them into but let's first get the basics right okay the first thing you would like to have a look at is your acoustic guitar itself you see you're never going to get a great acoustic guitar recording if your acoustic guitar is not in great shape to start with so you might want to consider to get a new set of strings put them on there because you will never get that brilliant crisp sound that you hear on your favorite records you'll never get that with strings that are old and dull secondly you always want to make sure that your guitar is perfectly in tune because even if it's slightly off it's never going to sit right with all the other instruments that you're recording so get yourself a digital tuner and try to check your guitar as frequently as possible

there we go that's good okay now there's another thing that you can do to improve the sound of your guitar consider the fact that you're working with an acoustic instrument that means that the sound of it is going to interact with its environment so try to find a room or a position in the room where you think the sound of your guitar is at its best that's where you want to set up that's where you want to record your guitar most people prefer an acoustic guitar sound it has a bit of room ambience that's the kind of sound you hear from a few feet away when someone else is playing the instrument if that's the sound you're looking for find a room that has a little bit of reverb or ambience though you don't want to exaggerate because a bathroom for instance has got a lot of reverb and ambience and that could sound a bit awkward or maybe you like a really dry sound similar to what you hear from the players perspective if that's the case try recording in your bedroom or on your living room couch as couches and carpets absorb the reverb and the ambience

alright next you would like to put up a microphone and for this episode we will be using the 9 1 t LM 102 which is a small microphone and it's quite affordable as well though it's a true Noman large diaphragm condenser microphone made in Germany the main features of the Noi 1 t LM 102 are a natural sound with the gentle treble lift very low noise a cardioid pickup pattern and that means it only picks up sound on the front where the gnomon logo is the great thing about this microphone is that it's so versatile it's an excellent vocal mic but you can also use it to record drums and percussion or your guitar amp and of course it sounds great on stringed instruments such as acoustic guitars question is though where to put a microphone a typical beginners mistake is to put the microphone right in front of the sound hole actually try to shove it in there sounds a bit boo me and that's because the sound hole is where the low frequencies come out of most of the sound of your guitar is actually generated on the soundboard you get a much more balanced sound when you place the microphone further up on the neck at about the 12th fret yeah there we go you don't you don't want to get too close you want to shoot at about 12 inches about 30 centimeters that should be a good starting point it's usually a good idea to turn the mic towards to play his right hand to capture the attack of the pic or the fingernails okay that sounds much better doesn't it

in our next episode we will be talking about different positions you can move the microphone into that will give you a whole palette of different sounds you can choose from until then thanks for watching we'll see you soon know among home studio Academy


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Presentation, Concept, Art Direction: Geert Verdickt Script: Alphonse Gustafson Guitar: Joachim Rust Camera, D.o.p.: Igor Gaasbeek Camera Assistant: Maxime Lahousse Sound Engineer: Reinhoud Maes Motion Graphics Designer: Kim Vanbeckevoort Recording & Mix Engineer: Sebastian Schmitz (Portfolio Manager Microphones / Neumann) Location: Watt Matters Studio, Bielefeld/Germany Playlist with chinese subtitles:


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