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    Unhappy Trouble recording acoustic guitar solo

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    I've been working on an instrumental recently that could really use an acoustic guitar for the main melody and outro solo. I used an SP C3 ==> JoeMeek TwinQCS ==> Delta 1010 ==> Mac for the backing rhythm acoustic guitar part and it sounds great, but the same setup for the solo parts is thin and distant.

    I'm recording a Taylor 810, so I know it's not the guitar.

    Any tips on capturing a good "up-front" acoustic solo?

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    Where do you have the mic placed and how far away? Have you added any effects or EQ? Are the dynamics in the solo subtle or pronounced? (i.e. are you picking hard and getting some good attack in there?) Do you have the backing tracks in stereo with solo track in the center? Also, what pattern are you using on the C3?

    My (very) limited experience with the C1 is that I have to place it very carefully and roll off some of the bass in order to get a crisp guitar sound- and keep it away from the sound hole. The C1 sure is full sounding, but with careful placement, and maybe some narrow cuts in the low end, it can cut through.

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    Try a lot of comression the even out the dynamics and bring it forward.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I tried some different miking positions a bit further away from the soundhole, cranked up the compression and worked the EQ in a few spots. Much more defined sound now...

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    you could try an electiic guitar cause I don't like acoustics

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    I use different mics recording leads and backup, even different guitars. I often use a large diaphram condenser for rythum and a KM184 for leads. Love that KM184 for accoustic amd mandolin!

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    Originally posted by rocky outcrop
    you could try an electiic guitar cause I don't like acoustics
    Damn, that must be because your a dumbass.

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    what kinda advice is that rocky
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    I was recording a guitar overdub with an ECM8000 about 5 inches off the 12th fret pointed straight down. The part had a lot of picking and I realised as I started that the level was way too high. Instead of stopping I just played it out but the high level forced me to play at about half the level I usually would. The track came out very cool. The guitar sounded a little brighter, great sustain, a nice pluck and very little slide noise.

    Playing softer actually made the sound bigger. There was much less dynamic range overall so it fit well when pushed up in the mix. It's kinda like compressing by just adjusting your playing. Acoustics also sound very different when you play them very quietly.

    Just something to try.

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    opps

    my advice is along the lines of trying different things.If the acoustic isnt working go for a different tact.I havn't done much acoustic stuff but when I have I always insist on new strings and that the player is comfortable with both what they are hearing and how they are feeling in their envioroment. Then I mic up around them so as not to be in their way and spend time positioning mics and then reposition them until I get it right.Igot some good results from my no name $3 mic I got from a second hand store,and Ive got bad rasults from my expensive studio mics (but not very often) I belive it is all down to spending a lot of time on it till you get it right then over dub a electirc guitar.

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