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    Wondering what you guys think of the sound of this acoustic.

    It was 2am, I was tired and had to play quietly, but I tried to get a full tone out of an otherwise, thin/bright/brittle sounding guitar, by using mic technique instead of EQ or other effects.

    Let me know what you think. I didn't use any effects on it.

    (And since this isn't really a song I thought I'd post here instead of the MP3 clinic).

    http://www.getmyim.com/temp/guitar_send.mp3 (about 2 MB)

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    It sounded pretty nice, but maybe a bit too much soundhole "boom". If you could get rid of some of that, and maybe get a bit more definition on the high end, it would sound sweet...

    This is just my subjective opinion though. That and 50 cents will get you a cup of coffee....

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    Kind of boomy and sizzly, and has a resonance at 200 hz that jumps outs. I think I would be looking to bring out the mids more. How are you miking it?

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    Have you tried any dynamic mics? I've tried a few that work pretty well, definitely not an sm57 though.

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    wow i like that alot ... relaxing tune and i think it sounds good too

    what was your technique/mic?
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    this sounds really sweet, maybe yes a bit boomy in the low mids, but other than that it does sound good. like ben harper's guitar on his first album.

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    Some opions on the boom...only a touch. I say this that if you're planning to EQ it, be gentle. Same thing with the sizzle,..only a touch. Don't beat the soudn down. You've got nice sounding situation, good guitar, nice ambiance and a nice clean recording. A dab'll do ya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by punkin
    Some opions on the boom...only a touch. I say this that if you're planning to EQ it, be gentle. Same thing with the sizzle,..only a touch. Don't beat the soudn down. You've got nice sounding situation, good guitar, nice ambiance and a nice clean recording. A dab'll do ya.
    I agree with my esteemed colleague punkin's assessment. Also, the selection has that "lonely at midnight" feel to it. Kind of cool. What's the signal chain?
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    Thanks for the opinions. I was thinking there might be just a bit too much bass/boom. This guitar has no bass whatsoever so I have to mic real close to the sound hole. Maybe next time I'll back off it a bit.

    Signal chain was:

    Cort acoustic guitar -> Behringer ECM8000 Microphone -> M-Audio DMP3 -> M-Audio 2496 -> Reaper

    Recorded at 96KHz/24-bit then brought down to 44.1/16 to MP3.

    Maybe the sizzle could be diaphragm distortion on the mic? I also tracked it a bit too hot since I was tired and didn't care much about the levels, it was peaking at about -6db and averaging around -12.

    I'll try another position and post another clip a little later so you can tell me if it's better.

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