Recording Classical Guitar: Basics

This is a pretty decent intro article on recording classical guitar or other quiet acoustic instruments.  It’s pretty long and comprehensive but is all general information rather than telling us specifically what to buy. Good though. Here’s an excerpt:

When recording solo classical guitar, we do have a way out of this mess: we can move our microphones back, and so pick up the whole instrument in the perspective of the room. This method implies several things:

1. We need microphones with low off-axis coloration, as they will be hearing at least some of the room acoustics, which approach from all angles. In many cases, this means small-diaphragm condenser mics.

2. The instrument is not very loud, and is often played with great subtlety. The sound pickup is not very close. Microphones with low self-noise and mic preamps that can add a lot of gain without adding a lot of noise are an advantage.

3. The recording room needs to be fairly quiet, should have decent acoustics, and should not be too small. A medium-sized domestic living room is probably the lower limit, and in that case you might want to add some reverb to create the impression of a larger room.


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