How To Acoustic Guitar Essay

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As such a versatile instrument, the sound of the acoustic guitar ranges from the rhythmic undulations of reggae to the heartfelt yearnings of a simple ballad. This instrument does not emanate its rich tones and overtones from the soundhole alone. This is a whole-instrument affair. Sound projects from the panels of the body, the strings and even from the resonating fretboard. As we explore the fine skill of recording acoustic guitar, keep this in mind.

Start with the guitar and player
We all know that great sound starts at the source, but with all the cool equipment, processors, hypnotizing meters and lights, we may need to be reminded of this from time to time. Always look for that great sound from the source.

Because of the fact that the acoustic guitar can be harder to service and modify than the electric guitar, there are fewer things that a musician or studio engineer can change on an acoustic guitar when it is brought into a recording session. Limited as they may be, there are a few things that may
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Engineers all over the world have begun to praise Blue microphones as having a worthy place in their mic locker. The unique looking, rotating head is actually pretty handy when positioning the diaphragm for the best sound.

Neumann U87AI
Everybody loves a Neumann, right? Although this is a spendy mic, sometimes you have to pony up the coin to get the right tools for the job. With switchable polar patterns, low frequency roll-off and a pad, this mic can be used in a number of guitar miking schemes. Of course, the U87 AI shines in a lot of different recording situations, but we are focused squarely on acoustic guitar at the moment. There are other mics on this list that will handle higher SPL, but with a spec’ of 127 dB, you would need to have a pretty excited guitar player for this to be a problem.

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