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Recording acoustic guitar using a pickup?
Old 30th January 2013
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I got a couple of Baggs and a fisherman pickups... they dont hold a candle to the DPA, Manley Ref C, Royer mics. I find pickups unusable / distasteful.
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Originally Posted by Clonkified ➡️
Thanks! Maybe that's the right option then - moving blankets and a better dynamic mic. Are those better than the SM7B (which I already have)?

Yes, the U87 (and when I had them, the KM184s) pick up every nuance, which can be great and annoying. I have the same issue with vocals, but I try to put the vocalist in the other room. Bit hard to do with me playing the guitar and engineering at the same time though (and not as fast).
There's nothing wrong with the SM7b at all, you just set up the mic and the room to take advantage of what you have to work with.

Track with a condenser too and then play back and see which track has less

On the quick reference track above, pre gain was up there on my interface to
1:00, past half volume.

That compared to when I'm micing a guitar cab where I'm somewhere between barely on, to about 9:30.

You won't know till you try and hear the results yourself.
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Originally Posted by FFTT ➡️
Just fast and dirty 16 bar loop to show you what I'm getting with my Mercenary SM57 from about 8-10" pointed roughly between sound hole
and the 12th fret.

Signal is hot, gain on interface is about 1:00

Untreated living room, air handler On, Fridge 20 feet away.

Hitting Larrivee P-10 Parlor Very Hard using Dunlop .60 Nylon

Sounds nice -- don't really hear much of anything in the background.

Sometimes isolation is overrated. I used to work with some guys in the Caribbean who had a studio in a dumpy corrugated-steel building and they'd leave the doors open all the time. Solo the tracks and you could hear birds, dogs, chickens, running water, footsteps... mix 'em all together and it sounded fine. Certainly never "studio sterile."
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