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    Acoustic Critique Wanted

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    I'm micing my acoustic for the first time (historically I've just recorded direct). This is just a 30-second snippet and I'm looking for feedback on the sound (no pun intended) before I go for the whole song. This is the chorus progression.

    A Travis picking piece.

    Thanks - BPOCO

    See "Acoustic Test"

    http://www.nowhereradio.com/bpoco/singles

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    Sounds great....better than direct thats for sure.

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    bpoco, I am struggling with acoustic guitar tone my self. See in this forum SRV-NOT from last week. I can only tell you what I hear. There seems to be no punch or drive in the lows. the whole sample sounds somewhat distant. The tonal characteristics dont emulate an acoustic "Being there" which is what I am searching for but have found elusive. You can look at some of the suggestions Ive been given over the past months by doing a search on me. These guys have been a lot of help.
    where do you have the mic placed and what type is it? for starters

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    Holy shit. YEEESSSSS!!!!

    Okay, now somebody else is gonna' come along and tell you it sounds over-compressed...You can respect their opinion, but if this were a track that I was gonna' use IN a mix, it needs to be this way. Crap, what a huge guitar sound. Excellent man. (also, in a mix you'd take some of the lows out, but you know that...lol).

    THUMB RAISED AND POINTING IN YOUR DIRECTION.

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    lol...or somebody will tell you BEFORE I do...hahahhahaa...posted over each other there.

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    I thought it sounded great. Nice sound.

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    I bet you can just feel the progress can't ya...

    Sounds fantastic.

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    Hmmmmm ..... in general, some pretty positive feedback .... all that is, except for YOU wfaraoni !!! LOL. So, of course, I'm going to focus on the negative. wfaraoni, this is for you.

    First - the background:

    1) Taylor 410ce.

    2) One mic at the 12th fret (an EV N/D257B - I have no idea of it's quality). That's the mic in the right speaker.

    3) 2nd mic over my right shoulder (a Rode NT1). Plus, I used some light compression on this mic while I tracked. That's the mic in the left speaker.

    The distant sound you refer to may be due to the reverb I added. I experimented and only added some light reverb to the right channel (the EV mic).

    I did some heavy compression on the whole thing but favored stuff at 5KHz and 10Khz with a sidechain. I love compression - but don't have a good instict for this beast yet!! I screw with it until I get a sound I like.

    Just for fun, I posted the same snippet without the reverb and sidechain compression at 5kHz and 10kHz. I named it "wfaraoni special". Let me know what you think. Does it sound any more intimate? Any warmer?

    Thanks all for listening and posting - BPOCO

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    bpoco, Thats funny wfaraoni special now that sounds fuller, richer and more realistic to me. Hmmm, so reverb and compression made this dramatic difference. Exactly what I think it needed. Much more like you there in front of me. definitely better than Ive been able to achieve myself to date. when I listened to the left mic by itself I thought it was slightly too boomy or flat or however you describe, but in the mix with the other it fits well and adds to the fullness. I will have to try recording with 2 mics. Heck It could not hurt.
    I must tell you that I do not have the best ears, (closer to the worst),anymore and what sounds good to me is usually not what the average person likes. This is part of my own tone struggle and theres not much I can do about it

    All in all I prefer this recording easily over the other, but you'd be better off taking the advice of others in general.

    I'm VERY curious to see what others say about the difference.

    By the way, nice clean playing, I could hear the string noise but its definitely NOT as pronounced as mine. someone told me to move the mic back to minimize the noise , I have not tried it yet.

    The mic at the 12 fret is how far away in inches and facing where exactly on you recording?

    And the one over the shoulder?

    Just a note: my comments on the first post where not really intended to be negative but rather not as positive as possible.
    After all theres always room for improvement and sound tone quality will never be all things to all people.

    I enjoyed this
    Bill

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    I must admit I prefer the wfaraoni version over the first one...but I believe the ideal might be one with less reverb than the first example but more reverb than the second...if the track was to stand alone that is. The string noise was bothersome but I guess this was mostly a test track for micing technique (?) Which brings me to a question...where was the NT1 placed in relation to the guitar?

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