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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
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    Your latest #7 test - I can hear a ton of room in this one - you sure the mic was pointed the right way?
    Thank you. Yes.. for the first time, I recorded wet with a 12-band EQ. I heard the room, too. Here's the FX on it:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    Don't buy an acoustic unplayed/heard unless you have the easy (and free) ability to get your money back. I played a umch of those low priced Yammies a few years ago and didn't like the sound or feel of them.
    A used Taylor in the $300-500 range would be 100 series, no electronics or even one of the smaller models (new Academy series, or the Big Baby or GS Mini). 100 series are alright for what they are.
    Look at Epiphone Masterbilts or a Seagull (used for either) in that price range.

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    One of the Taylors was a 110. Tried a Seagull CW GT Q1L. Neither fit me. The Yamaha acoustic-electrics are cutaways, smaller, and do come off bright, acoustically. I haven't plugged one in yet - I'll try that in a couple of days.

    While I was in the room, a customer was jamming a nice Martin acoustic-electric on Stairway to Heaven. One of the $2000+ models. He was good. It was good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steenamaroo View Post
    I've taken to a downward 45degree angle approach with acoustic...
    Take a traditional close spaced pair, move it up then back a foot or so, then angle them down to point at the guitar.

    Worth a try, maybe.
    Thank you. When you picture 'typical spaced pair', might that be 12th fret' + right end of body for example?
    (For my own purposes I've been trying to get it done with one mic for what that's worth. :>)
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    Quote Originally Posted by spantini View Post
    X-7

    That's a fact. This next one, I moved the mic back up to a low table position just about even with the neck at the 12th fret angled toward the sound hole - 6 inches away. See if this sounds any better.

    Please disregard the sloppy flat-picking, I just pulled this old ditty out to see how the single notes would sound with a little light strumming. This is closer to what I'd like to hear recorded.
    Interesting, a whole diff tone (but effective!). Aggressive eq too.
    Curious, what that same eq would do on track 6?
    But then again it sounds like you're picking/playing a lot cleaner too on 7 maybe (?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mixsit View Post
    Interesting, a whole diff tone (but effective!). Aggressive eq too.
    Curious, what that same eq would do on track 6?
    But then again it sounds like you're picking/playing a lot cleaner too on 7 maybe (?
    My ears still want to hear brighter sounds, so I couldn't resist bumping them a little. I had a listen to andrushkiwt's SoundCloud acoustic. Sounded to me like he was using barre chords, which don't resonate as much - cleaner sound. I've been recording open chords and the E & A strings have been resonating like crazy, really contributing to my problem. The new medium strings have made this worse. So with X-7, I pulled out something comparable using barre chords and it helped, but there was still some booming. I need to get my open chords sounding cleaner like picked notes, or barre chords at least.

    Recording dry with my setup is just too muffled sounding and not easily dealt with adding post FX. Next one, I'll record wet again with the same 12-band EQ cutting the mids back a little from the previous settings. I need to keep the small low cuts in there to tame the booming.

    I'm having occasional thoughts that maybe this Tascam interface is clouding the input signal, but I shrug it off because I've never had any Tascam/Teac units behave in this manner. So I'm back to wondering about my AT2020... or... Reaper(?) itself. I think I'm going to record a little something putting this AT2020 through my DP-03SD and see how that sounds. I have a hunch it's going to sound much better - then I can export that to Reaper and then here for a listen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spantini View Post

    Recording dry with my setup is just too muffled sounding and not easily dealt with adding post FX. Next one, I'll record wet again with the same 12-band EQ cutting the mids back a little from the previous settings. I need to keep the small low cuts in there to tame the booming. ..
    During recording or after are pretty much the same result.
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    Research : Microphone Basics: What Is the Proximity Effect?
    _______ : How to Record an Acoustic Guitar With Only One Microphone - Part 1

    Ok. A $700 mic and a $2400 guitar.. and I'll be set!
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