Getting some acoustic recordings done yesterday and this morning. It's always an adventure getting the best for an artist with acoustic instruments but it helped that she showed up with this: Martin 000-15. Nicely balanced not so big and boomy like a dreadnought, easier to control in a recording space. Walked around the room strumming some chords until we got the best sounding spot, marked the floor with a frog tape X, and then quickly set up a few gobos, in addition to the broadband acoustic panels and diffusers that are already installed, to fine tune the sound in the room. put up an SDC about 6 inches off the neck/body joint to get the string sounds and an LDC about 30 inches off the bridge, angled toward the sound hole, to get the body and bloom of the sound. Then the secret sauce that often works for me on acoustic guitars, an old ART Pro VLA 2 compressor. Faster attack/release on the SDC and only a small, maybe 3-4 dB, compression effect, and both channels with the makeup gain 4 or 5 clicks north of unity gain. Something about this unit, beyond just the compression, sits acoustic tracks in a mix for me. Maybe it's the crappy Ruby tubes or some flaw in the circuit but there's a slight rounding of transients and smoothing of highs that just works. I have probably used it 3 or 4 times in total on non acoustic guitar tracks, but I'll usually at least drop it into the tracking chain to see if the magic happens when an acoustic shows up. Anyway onward and upward, I've got a weekend's worth of 6 Nations Rugby to catch up on.