After noticing the flaw in my recording technique in my previous recording session in regards to microphone placement, I went into my next session keen to rectify my mistakes and learn in the process. In order to achieve this, I decided I was going to utilise the live room as well as the dead room in the multitrack studio and test which environment suited my acoustic the best. I recognised in previous sessions that the best position for miking my Acoustic was the 12th fret, as White (2012) suggested,
‘Aim the mic towards the point where the guitar neck joins joins the body. This can produce good results, picking up nice harmonic string detail.’
However, I still needed to work out the best distance and ambience. I use a parlour acoustic, specifically the Sigma 00R-28VS.
Baring this in mind, this means that as the body is smaller than typical guitars it will present a sound with more treble and detail but less bass. In this regard, it will probably mean I will have to position the microphones closer to the guitar than others, whilst angling the microphone slightly towards the sound hole to effectively work as it’s own E.Q. and balance out the tones. I shall also be using the large diaphragm capacitor AKG 414 condenser microphone, as White (2012, 129) states,
‘Many engineers like the results they get from large diaphragm models’
The techniques used to record a parlour acoustic with an AKG 414 are described extremely well in this video from Full Sail University (2013).
As the song I am recording this time requires greater detail, I shall be tracking the guitar parts twice and panning them far left and right to get a wide stereo feel. This provides extra clarity with no possible issues of phase with the slight nuances of different performances that makes it a legitimate technique. It is successfully employed by Bon Iver in the song ‘Holocene’. I really like the slight delay and reverb effects applied on the guitars however, I must not get ahead of myself and first I should correctly record the piece. Please see my following post for the live room test recordings.
White, P. (2012) The Producer’s Manual. 2nd Edition. Sample Magic.
Full Sail University (2013) How To: Recording Acoustic Guitar Basics [online video] Available from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyMOj0dVO2w [Accessed 16 February 2015]
Bon Iver (2011) Bon Iver – Holocene (Official Music Video) [online video] Available from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWcyIpul8OE [Accessed 16 February 2015]