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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyAmato View Post
    I've recorded many acoustic guitars with a 58, even used two a few times (one where the neck meets the body and one around the 12th fret) and blended them together. I don't use them for acoustics anymore, but when I did, I literally had to have the mics only 4 or 5 inches from the guitar to get a decent signal I could work with. I can hear the performances fine since it was a loud acoustic guitar, but then would use my ears and 'clip gain' to set it in the mix (you'll probably have a good deal of lo-end rumble to roll off as well, plus somewhere between 800 to 3 or 4k can get ugly too, just search for problem areas and roll off a few db's of them, narrow Q) If your doing the acoustic first, then just bring up the clips to around -18ish, and you should be good. Sometimes tracking with an in-the-box compressor can help, too. The compression won't be recorded, but helps with hearing your performance while tracking.

    Like others have mentioned, condensers are much better for acoustics. But that being said, I've recorded some pretty decent acoustics with 58s.
    Hah! I did some recordings of son on acoustic guitar quite a while ago with my P150s and he thought them too "spikey" and preferred the SM57 (into a ZED 10 then > 2496 card). But then his hearing is MUCH better than mine!

    When he comes home this Christmas I am determined to get him to do me some decent tracks with various mic setups. (I wonder if I can hire a classical guitar?)

    Dave.

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    What peak level should I be aiming at with a digital recording then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doogy View Post
    What peak level should I be aiming at with a digital recording then?
    I am sure there is a sticky about it but. The AVERAGE level (often wrongly called "rms" ) should sit at around -18dBFS assuming you are recording at 24bits and 44.1kHz. Peaks should go no higher than -8dB or so and VERY loud peak -6dBFS. Do not worry if things are even lower than -18 some of the time.

    I find it instructive to log on to our Radio 3 and look at the meters in Samplitude? Very often down at neg 30!

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    http://hux.com.au/Soapbox%20Items/Wo...0Reference.pdf

    Follow 1.228volts / +4 dBu on the left over to the -20dBfs on the right. That's 'nominal (normal) level.
    All that space above is for your usable headroom.
    Hang in there ..plus or minus a little is fine.
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