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by lakdn; Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:54 pm
I want a sound similar to this:
I've been tweaking like crazy these past days and I can't seem to get that richness and fullness of the guitar, especially on the bass. If I emphasize the bass, it just becomes muddy. I've been using that track above for references and I can't get results near it. Any suggestions would be helpful.
by Quietinthedark; Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:54 pm
What kind of guitar?
What kind of mic(s)? & where positioned?
There are others but those are the most immediate.
That sound would be easier for me to get with a smaller bodied acoustic & two condenser mics. Any acoustic under a Dreadnought. And it sounds like it is stereo.
And very little EQ unless the above were lacking in some way.
by lakdn; Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:59 pm
by MickGael; Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:38 pm
The best EQ you can use begins with where you place the mic (not to mention what pick you use, the strings, how hard to strum, where you strum, etc).
In a nice room, backed off a bit from the soundhole can yield a full, natural sound. In less than ideal situations, you may find the sound boomy or indistinct.
You may want to explore the tried and true technique of pointing the mic at the 12th fret. Angle up towards the headstock for more overtones, towards the saddle for more fundamentals.
Explore other positions. Repositioning by even a few inches will reveal changes in tone.
PS - LCD condensers are not necessarily the best choice. I have several high-end condensers, and often use an AEA R84. Even the far more affordable NADY ribbon I have sometimes beats out the $$ mics.
by fedexnman; Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:43 pm
by thecontrolcentre; Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:48 pm
The guitar in the youtube clip sounds like a smaller bodied acoustic, with very little treatment. Maybe an exciter? I've found SKNote's Presence plugin very useful to brighten things up.
by lfm; Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:34 am
Burillo wrote:often times, correctly recorded acoustic guitar doesn't need any EQ at all.
Having a Martin D-28 and a Neumann mike, that's probably true.
But also adjusting to fit into mix may need EQ anyway.
Otherwise you obviously try to compensate if you can for cheaper equipment than that.
Good reverb is neat for acoustic guitar to get that big sound.
by lakdn; Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:16 am
by EdC; Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:32 pm
What I mean is to walk around in the studio while the guitarist is playing and listen with your ears; if the most of the time you hear a mudded sound it could be related to room acoustics (the only alternatives are guitar or player or combination of these factors) and there is basically nothing you can do with EQ or mics besides worsening the situation. You have to move the guitar player, place absorbers and try to goal for a very good sound that comes directly to your ears. After this is accomplished you can start to worry about mic placing and try to obtain the same sound in control room just by moving or changing microphone.
Then, as usual if you use digital equipment, stay low on levels (peaks should only on occasions reach -6 dbfs; better to stay around -12); the beautiful and delicate transients of an acoustic guitar are not seen on level meters but can be easily clipped if levels are too hot..