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    golden ears - please help

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    Hi,
    This is about a 2 minute fragment of 2 pieces I'm working on and I need feedback on if it sounds accurate compared to the sound source, not the performance.
    These are tunes played on a Leo Kottke Taylor guitar with heavy strings (elixir) tuned down to B (2 1/2 steps). No fingerpicks.
    My signal chain is simple and nothing was done to this other than raise the volume a tad.
    Here is the link
    Thanks in advance for any observations, advice, etc.
    Art
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    I have big ears but they're certainly not golden (lol). Hopefully some of our pros will give this a listen....

    My humble opinion is that this is a nice clean mix. You can't tell the guitar is tuned down that much, surprisingly. Could maybe use a bit more of the bottom strings - the top strings are nice and clear. Maybe the bottom strings are so low in pitch that they don't record as easily.

    Playing is nice too.....

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    Hey Art. Nice guitar. Very nice, natural highs in the clip. The lows sound a little too strong to me - hard to tell but it sounds like a room thing more than proximity effect. Always an adventure figuring how to best record a new guitar, huh?

    Tim

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    And that's what is puzzling me. Ido1957 says, "Could maybe use a bit more of the bottom strings", and Timothy says, "The lows sound a little too strong to me".
    I actually agree with you both but can't figure out what to do. Maybe it's my technique. The lower half fo the 4 courses go from about 65hz to 150 and the high half start at 120. There's overlap, so it doesn't seem to be something I can eq, is it?
    It seems like courses aren't defined enough, just sound sort of "thump, thump".
    I'm still experimenting with position. I've moved back a bit and spread the mics to keep them as far away from the soundhole as possible.
    I think I had this problem of thumping with my 355 and then it went away after about a year. Could be the guitar - I dunno.
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    Pretty cool playing. The tune is cool. Reminded me of the "King of The Hill" episode where Hank is playing along with Willie Nelson and they're just jamming.

    With a lot of acoustic work, I don't really know the difference in different mixes 'coz I am always thinking about how cool the guitar playing is and the kind of overall tune.

    Anyway, cool tune and great playing. I like how the tempo variations and the volume up and down seem to be saying something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asulger
    And that's what is puzzling me. Ido1957 says, "Could maybe use a bit more of the bottom strings", and Timothy says, "The lows sound a little too strong to me".
    What I was hearing had more to do with dynamics than level really... some boom here and there.

    Tim

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