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Mic meant to capture only guitar, captures vocals too
Old 25th January 2013
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Mic meant to capture only guitar, captures vocals too

Here's the deal, I'm recording live in my room with a dynamic microphone on my vocals and a Condenser Mic on my guitar.
The problem is that my Condenser Mic captures my vocals too...my dynamic Microphone just captures my vocals which is perfect...

How do I make my condenser mic just capture my guitar sound and not my vocals as I sing. Because my dynamic mic seems to capture just my vocals and not the guitar as I play.

It's been boggling me for a while now and I can't find a solution :(

Thanks!
Old 25th January 2013
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🎧 5 years
If youhave the option, try a different polar pattern like a figure 8
Old 25th January 2013
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Record the guitar, and then record the vocal afterwards.

If you're dead set on getting both at once, you're going to have to play around with mics and mic positioning.
Old 25th January 2013
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Use 2 figure 8 mics with the null's pointed at what you dont want to pick up.
Old 27th January 2013
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If you can't add equipment, I would personally record guitar and vocal as you have been doing, and then re-record your guitar while you listen to your guide track (tracks) through headphones. Delete the original guitar track and mix the remaining ones as you please, or perform additional takes.
Old 28th January 2013
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If the guitar has a pickup you could feed it via a DI box into you mixer...
Old 28th January 2013
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There will almost always be some bleed. Is the condencer a cardioid type? If so, try getting the null pointed more towards your mouth.
Old 28th January 2013
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Condenser mics are much more sensitive to picking up sounds that are not what you are trying to capture. Best option is to record separate.
Old 28th January 2013
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Hmm the OP has not found his way back in 3 days....

But for whom ever finds this in the archives 30 years from now,
I agree with both ricoh and s21.

The best way to make a clean job of it is to record all parts separately.
Ever try and add pitch correction to a vocal track with acoustic guitar bleed?

I realize some artists have to record in the way they are used to performing at a solo live gig or on the couch.
This is mostly for folk type music that will not have drums in the mix.
My solution has been to close mike the vocals with a dynamic mike with wind sock.
Plug the guitar in for a scratch track that might even get used in the mix.
Replay the guitar part. Often done by someone else who is a better player : )
Other instruments added to taste.

The other method is to- let it bleed! Use a pair of condensers and capture the live sound of the performer and their guitar.. No overdubs allowed... must be a perfect performance from start to finish.
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