How to Record Acoustic Guitar – Part 2
Sometimes it can be really nice to capture the ambiance of the actual room you’re recording in because it puts a unique sound on the instrument, on almost any instrument that you’re recording actually. It can be a nice thing, especially if it’s a percussive sort of part you really hear that room, you really hear that sound bouncing off the ceiling or the walls.
So basically we’re back to using the U87, fairly close to the hole on the acoustic guitar. And here’s another mic that’s just pointed up at the room just to get some ambiance.
Now if you’re recording on more than two channels, you have, say you’re recording with a Quartet instead of a Duet, it’s nice to make this ambient mic stereo because then you get a really nice beautiful stereo picture of the room, and not only that but for, if you happen to be mixing in surround it’s great to put that stereo pair in the rear, which is, I do that quite a bit, I do a lot of surround mixing.
But anyways so there’s your… acoustic guitar is pretty straight forward, there’s not a lot of other ways. Of course, moving the mic in and out to find the sweet spot is always smart because every acoustic guitar is different, every player is different, there’s no exact position for a mic that is always going to work.