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Ovation + Vocals: SM58 or ??
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Ovation + Vocals: SM58 or ??

I’m recording in a hotel room.

Building a quick rig to get some work done.
Best efforts because of sudden travel.

Mostly just writing
But also want reasonable quality because am collaborating with new people.
And the chance a take will be a real keeper.

Singer-songwriter type music
1983 ovation guitar

Interface / preamp:
Behringer U-phoria 204HD

Mics I can buy :
-- SM58 (wish it sounded more high end... Remove grill? Eq it? Or Skip? I've never really loved them to record...)
-- SE V7X (is it a bit harsh...?)
-- the little music store has a few other things. Not much.

If something is noticeably better than the 58, I can get it.
Or 58 -- $50 used

thanks for the advice!

Last edited by PhilB; 1 week ago at 07:33 AM..
Old 1 week ago
Lives for gear
🎧 10 years
Those early Ovations (maybe still the same now ?) had pretty awful built in pickup sound: thin, scratchy, filtered. If you have the inputs to spare by all means record it...but expect to have to eq it significantly to get any remotely acceptable result.

That said, the onboard pickup sound is instantly recognizable as 'the 80's acoustic guitar' in live sound, TV broadcasts and live albums of the era...so if that's what you want to evoke, just plug in and don't change a thing !

For a satisfying approximation to a quality acoustic sound, mic it with a ribbon or condenser mic and skip the pickup altogether.
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