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Old 11th February 2011 , 07:46 AM
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You know, i think i've managed to single out what was sounding so harsh. I was particularly referring to my last acoustic track which sounded harsh and scrapy. I had used EQ on it and boosted a certain frequency which i had forgot about, when i cut it back again it was a lot better. oops!

Still going to buy something else eventually though as i'm still not 100% happy with how it sounds.
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I usually record direct single mics rather than stereo setups. One thing that worked for me was to use the normal output on the electro-acoustic, then mic up with a single AKG 150 Perception (Tampa Pre-amp). The sound wasn't bad at all after mixing between them.

My friend uses an SE2200A for guitar. Sounded really nice actually. I agree with Trev that it can sound a bit harsh and trebley on certain vocals, but it seemed to bring out that brightness really well on steel-string acoustics...

Personally, I think the most important thing said so far is to experiment with placement, angle and distance. Think a little gentle processing is ok as most of us won't have the perfect mic with the frequency response or room characteristics, but if you're finding that you're doing drastic EQ changes, might be worth revising the recording setup...
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Old 31st August 2011 , 09:30 PM
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speaking of recording set up...

I did a little project recently that proves you don't need a lot to make something pretty.

Take one SM57
and a 9x9foot room

and this is what I came up with. Anyone out there that is worried about not having the "right" mics or Abbey Road in their back garden can still have fun with music and without much "stuff"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH8apSUx1Tk

Let me know what you think
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Any input/criticisms would be very much appreciated
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Anyone out there that is worried about not having the "right" mics or Abbey Road in their back garden can still have fun with music and without much "stuff"
I couldn't agree more. Don't let creativity be limited by the equipment.
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My favourite microphone for recording acoustic guitars is the AT4033. Its a mic that does not have the bloated bottom end and overly bright top but the mid range is very well articulated and it takes eq very nicely indeed.

Techniques and mic distance tend to vary depending on the room you are in.
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