A/B test of two mic placment techniques for acoustic guitar

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  1. Texas Picker

    Texas Picker Tele-Meister

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    Here's an interesting A/B test of mic placement techniques. I used the same guitar (Dell'Arte dreadnaught) and the same strings (Curt Mangum) on all 3 recordings. Recordings #1 and #3 were done in the same large room. Recording #2 was done in a small isolation room.

    The first 2 recordings were done using the mic placement shown in the first picture below. The two mics were pointed at 90 degrees to each other with the top of the mics almost touching. The first mic was parallel to the strings with the top pointing towards the bridge and the condenser pointed up at the ceiling. The second mic was pointed at towards the face of the guitar with the condenser pointed towards the floor.

    The third recording used the mic placement shown in the 2nd picture below - one mic at each side of a mannequin's head where each ear would be. I really like the purity of the tone on this recording - I think I like this one the best.

    Recording #1 using first mic placement

    Recording #2 using first mic placement (with guitar tuned down 1 step)

    Recording #3 using second mic placement

    First mic placement (recordings #1 & #2):

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    Second mic placement (recording #3)

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    Frankly, I would sell my soul to the devil to achieve any of those three sounds ... the third one reminded me of my acoustic ideal, much like the sound on the Eva Cassidy records I've heard. Great work, and thanx for posting this!
     
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    Is the reverb mostly coming from software or the room? All of those sound really incredible.
     
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    I'd be happy with any of those sounds. What mics were used? Nice playing by the way and love the voice. Although on America the Beautiful she's no Meatloaf!
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    I personally hope she's more cheesecake myself... :lol:

    All 3 sound great, I personally liked #1 the best myself, but would be happy with any of the 3... gonna have to try the mannequin trick, makes a lot of sense to me...

    Franc Robert
     
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    Those were great!
     
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    Nice.
     
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    I'll say. Excellent!
     
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    Those were Shure KSM32 mics.
     
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