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AcousticGuitarRecordingTechniquesNotes

Theaudiofilesshouldbeloadedintoadigitalaudioworkstation
softwareforauditioning.
Thefollowingmicrophonesareintendedtoprovideamonosignal:A,B,
C,D,E,F,I,J,K
MicrophonesGandHformastereopair.
AnytwomicrophonesfromA,B,C,Dcanbeusedtoformastereopair.
MicrophonesYandZareforstereoambience.Theyshouldbepanned
hardleftandright.Theymaythenbemixedwithanyothermicrophone
combination.
MicrophonePositions
InthisMultimediaSetthereare13microphonepositions.Pleaseseethe
photographsandvideosforscaleandperspective.
A Bruel&Kjaer4011pointinghalfwaybetweenthesoundholeand
theendoftheinstrumentfromadistanceofapproximately25
cm.
B Bruel&Kjaer4011pointingdirectlyatthesoundholefroma
distanceofapproximately25cm.
C Bruel&Kjaer4011pointingatthejoinbetweentheneckandthe
bodyoftheinstrumentfromadistanceofapproximately25cm.
D Bruel&Kjaer4011,pointingattheneckoftheinstrumentfroma
distanceofapproximately25cm.
E Bruel&Kjaer4011pointingdownatthesoundholefromaheight
ofapproximately110cmandadistanceofapproximately50cm.
F Bruel&Kjaer4011,ageneralpickupofthewholeinstrumentfrom
adistanceofapproximately1meter.
G Bruel&Kjaer4011,theleftmicrophoneofaspacedstereopair,
pointingslightlytotheleftofthesoundholefromadistanceof
approximately50cm.
H Bruel&Kjaer4011,therightmicrophoneofaspacedstereopair,
pointingslightlytotherightofthesoundholefromadistanceof
approximately50cm.
I Bruel&Kjaer4011pointingatthejoinbetweentheneckandthe
bodyfromadistanceofapproximately25cm.
J Bruel&Kjaer4011pointingatthejoinbetweentheneckandthe
bodyfromadistanceofapproximately5cm.
K NeumannM147pointingatthejoinbetweentheneckandthe
bodyfromadistanceofapproximately25cm.
Y AKGC414BULSsettocardioid3metersinfrontoftheguitar,1.5
meterstotheleft.
Z AKGC414BULSsettocardioid3metersinfrontoftheguitar,1.5
meterstotheright.
VideoParts1,2and5
TheguitarisaBrook(manufacturer)Teign(model).
VideoParts3and4
TheguitarisaMartinOM21.
PointsofInterest
Eachmicrophonepositiongivesadifferentinterpretationofthesound
oftheinstrument.Thereisnoonecorrectposition.Allshouldbe
consideredaccordingtopersonalpreferencesandtheneedsofthe
clientormarket.
Notethedifferencesinlowfrequencyandhighfrequencycontent
amongthevariouspositions.Alsonoteanyunpleasantnessinthemiddle
frequenciesthatsomepositionscanemphasizewithcertain
instruments.
Notethedifferencesinextraneoussoundpickupplectrumnoise,left
handfingernoiseetc.
NotethedifferenceinsoundqualityoftheNeumannM147large
diaphragmvacuumtubemicrophonecomparedtotheBruel&Kjaer
4011.TheBruel&Kjaer4011isacardioidmicrophonenotedforitsvery
accuratesoundpickup.ItiscurrentlysoldundertheDPAbrand.
Amongthe13microphonepositionsfeaturedthereisvastscopeto
combinemicrophonesinvariouswaysinbothmonoandstereo.Time
spentexperimentingwiththiswillbeverywellworthwhileintermsof
developingafullunderstandingofacousticguitarmicrophone
techniques.

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