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    Acoustic instruments all recorded with Sennheiser 421

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    I recorded this yesterday, and Iím fairly pleased with the capture. You guys can rip it up, if you want to, though

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    I will go back in and add some tasteful background and fills at some point, just so it doesn't sound like a sonic cut out collage.

    Recorded one at a time:
    1927 Gibson TB 3 banjo all original pot with the factory calfskin head and New five string neck (originally a tenor banjo)
    1897 model Washburn parlor guitar (Made between 1900 and 1935)
    1914 Gibson A4 Mandolin
    1960 Dobro resonator guitar
    Fairly new Blueridge br-60t tenor guitar (Two rhythm tracks panned hard left and hard right)
    Chinese manufactured Carlo Robelli 3/4 bass fiddle

    All recorded into a Sennheiser 421 dynamic mic and a discontinued sound devices usb preamp interfaced with 2nd party 64bit windows drivers on a Dell Inspiron laptop in Reaper DAW. No effects at all in the DAW...just set levels and pan on everything. Chopped off the peaks, added reverb and normalized in Goldwave

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    Sounds good to me. 421 is a nice mic from everything I've read. Somewhere on my list

    I actually think a dynamic mic often works better for acoustic guitar in this style of music, but, really, a good mic is a good mic. Differences are subtle and usually at the edges/limits IME. Some just make your life easier, too.
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    I agree. Sounds pretty damn good. Personally I would go with an ambient mic in the room with the banjo as well just to give it some life but shit dood. That was really cool!
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    I thought the banjo sounded excellent.

    The acoustic guitar backbeat accents sounded OK. A bit muffled and *really* wide. I'd pull them a bit.

    Mando also sounded excellent.

    I'd pull just a little low end from the bass. It's a bit indistinct.

    The lead acoustic on the right, again, sounded excellent.

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    The shortcomings with the rhythm section (bass and tenor guitar) have a lot to do with my playing, the room...and to a lesser degree the instruments themselves. I used to put bass on my recordings with ďTrilogyĒ, but decided to just get a bass and start playing it. There are losses and gains for me going that route.

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