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Can I Stereo Record?
Old 1st March 2014
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Gear Maniac
 
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Can I Stereo Record?

Hi.

I'm relatively new to this recording stuff, mainly when it comes to recording audio.

I wish to buy a mic/mics for recording an acoustic guitar.

It's a small bedroom studio. I will be doing it all myself. In that case, would it be easier for me to record acoustic guitars with one mic (rather than using a stereo pair)? I feel as it will be very awkward to set up a stereo pair accurately, if I'm doing it by myself(i.e, recording and playing). I could move my guitar around to get a good mic position, but that becomes more difficult with 2 mics.

Is recording with one mic twice (panning hard left and right), similar to recording in stereo with 2 mics?

thanks.
Old 1st March 2014
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Recording stereo with two mics would likely be MUCH easier than trying to capture two identical (or as close as possible) performances.
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Depends what sound you want. If you want the stereo sound, you won't get that with two performances.

It's not that difficult setting up stereo mics, especially with an x/y paytern.
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you can get a fuller sound by taking your track, duplicating it and nudging it a couple milliseconds......but it wont sound anything like using two mics.
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Originally Posted by sbmusicfreak15 ➑️
you can get a fuller sound by taking your track, duplicating it and nudging it a couple milliseconds......but it wont sound anything like using two mics.
Stereo miking, double tracking, and the "adt" sound mentioned above are all valid, yet totally different approaches.
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Originally Posted by psycho_monkey ➑️
Stereo miking, double tracking, and the "adt" sound mentioned above are all valid, yet totally different approaches.
I'd prefer to stereo track, but thought it may be difficult as I'm doing it all on my own.
I don't have an engineer to place 2 mics at their sweet spots as I sit in my chair ready to record.
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Originally Posted by zak flaps ➑️
I'd prefer to stereo track, but thought it may be difficult as I'm doing it all on my own.
I don't have an engineer to place 2 mics at their sweet spots as I sit in my chair ready to record.
2 mics in different places isn't necessarily a "stereo" setup.

If you want stereo, set up an xy pair and listen to that - maybe move the guitar around and listen in headphones.
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You could record two takes and pan them, or duplicate your tracks and time shift one as already mentioned, or you could use a plug-in that does stereo effects (Variety of Sound "Nasty DLA" works fairly well)
or you could do mid-side mic'ing which can give excellent results:

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Originally Posted by zak flaps ➑️
Hi.

"....would it be easier for me to record acoustic guitars with one mic (rather than using a stereo pair)? I feel as it will be very awkward to set up a stereo pair accurately, if I'm doing it by myself(i.e, recording and playing). I could move my guitar around to get a good mic position, but that becomes more difficult with 2 mics.
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Hey Zak,
Purchasing a stereo mic is an option to keep it simple..
example links below.
Avantone Audio CK-40 | Sweetwater.com
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/NT4/


Good luck!
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An excellent resource for what to expect with one mic and two, and how to set it up:

10-mic-placements-for-acoustic-guitar
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Gear Maniac
 
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Originally Posted by psycho_monkey ➑️
2 mics in different places isn't necessarily a "stereo" setup.

If you want stereo, set up an xy pair and listen to that - maybe move the guitar around and listen in headphones.
Ok, I see what u mean. I would have to move the guitar around a bit but I'm sure it's doable. Thanks.
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Gear Maniac
 
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Originally Posted by Yetti ➑️
Hey Zak,
Purchasing a stereo mic is an option to keep it simple..
example links below.
Avantone Audio CK-40 | Sweetwater.com
Rode NT4 | Sweetwater.com


Good luck!
Certainly an option. Cheers!
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Gear Maniac
 
🎧 10 years
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Originally Posted by bash ➑️
An excellent resource for what to expect with one mic and two, and how to set it up:

10-mic-placements-for-acoustic-guitar

Brilliant page. Thanks a million.
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