Great job WhiteStrat! Would love to hear more about your sweetening process with the multiband.
PS - Those Seagulls are great. I have yet to pick one up that I didn't think "WOW!"
thanks for this post...fantastic..i always did stereo on my acoustic stuff but never took it that extra step..what a difference..i even went ahead and tried it for a mandolin part in a full band piece and it sounds great..again thanks
I am right there with you. Ive only found 1 guitar (a 5k Martin) that sounds as good as my $700 Seagull, so im in no hurry to update. Its def not the prettiest guitar but the best sounding for the money that i could find - and i VERY RARELY have to tune it. LOVE IT!This is troof! I certainly didn't mean to gloss over the need for a great guitar sound before you even hit the red button. I bought mine with recording in mind (don't play out much at all) and didn't have tons of money at the time. I spent over 4 months researching and playing guits. I like the Seagulls because they'll sacrifice the bling to get a great sounding guitar down to a lower price point. Since then, I've thought of upgrading, and believe me, I've looked. I have found numerous $2,000 and $3,000 that play as well--and certainly look better--but none that sound any better. So I've not bought another one.
I'm pretty sure I got lucky--they can't all sound that good. But every time I pick it up--it passes the smile test. (And FWIW--I haven't recorded a ton of other acts, but I've only had one that didn't use my guitar after hearing it tracked.)
Yep...gotta have the sound first.
I am right there with you. Ive only found 1 guitar (a 5k Martin) that sounds as good as my $700 Seagull, so im in no hurry to update. Its def not the prettiest guitar but the best sounding for the money that i could find - and i VERY RARELY have to tune it. LOVE IT!
Also, just wanted to add, thank you very much for the post and the links to the audio - it would have not meant much if i couldnt hear the results - my goal is to record something that sounds nearly as good
I wanna record an acoustic song soon. It's gonna be acoustic guitar...all the chords in open position...G, Em, D, C...all that kind of thing...maybe have some light drumage, an inconspicuous bass possibly played in a high register, vocals and some acoustic guitar licks...anyway I just want to ask a question...about mic'ing the acoustic when playing all those open chords: I want to avoid boom. I want the chords to be light...so my playing style will have to have this in mind...a light touch....also I'll avoid the soundhole and I think I will put one mic back a couple of feet and another a tad closer than that...any tracking tips with all that in mind?
Well, WhiteStrat, this is my very first day on this site and this is the 1st thread I read. I am a complete, 100% newbie to this recording "business". I have a Taylor 414ce, a Fishman SoloAmp w/Fishman effects and a JamMan loop pedal. I have ordered a Fostex MR8 and a Shure SM57 mic to record myself (getting that tomorrow). Anyway, all this to say that I enjoyed your post and I think I'll learn a lot from this Forum. Thanks for your tips & tricks - sounds terrific!
Hi everyone, yet another newbie here. This is a great start-up guide- but I'd need a bit more help figuring out acoustic guitar recording.
I'm using a condenser mic (T-Bone SC600); I was experimenting with a lot of different settings, and had to realize that the mic IS really good, insofar as it magnifies all the acoustic shortcomings of my bedroom. There always seems to be way too much natural reverb on the guitar - I'm guessing this is normal in an untreated room, but until I fix that, I was playing around with an expander plugin in Reaper to try to get those ringing loose ends a bit tighter. But so far, not much success; any tips on that?
The other thing - I wonder if anyone else ran into this problem as well - I realized that ever so often a soft but annoying, mysterious click appeared on the tracks. I thought at first it was just some odd strumming or string noise, but finally I figured out it actually was the joint in my wrist clicking on some staccato chord changes... Is it normal that you can even hear things like that on a recording, or do I have my levels set up all wrong?