Myth #2 – You Can’t Record High-Quality Tracks in Your Room
A professional studio is a wonderful place, don’t get me wrong.
I’ve been to some really nice studios and they’re all awesome places filled with creative vibes.
There’s always a little part of me that would love to own a huge commercial facility with a giant live room, isolation booths for amps and a separate vocal tracking room to get that perfect separation between the instruments during the recording phase.
I bet a part of you shares that dream as well.
The downside of that dream is that you might also think that you can only get great recordings if you have a space like that. So every time you record in your room you’re disappointed with the results and think that you simply can’t get great recordings in your home studio.
Fortunately for you, that’s simply not true.
A LOT of great records have been done in less-than-stellar spaces. Home recording studios aren’t worse than commercial facilities. You just have to know how to use the space you have at your disposal and make the most of it.
A part of setting up your home studio requires you to know a little bit about treating your room. It’s not hard, and you can do it with little effort and a limited budget like I talk about in this post:
The rest of the equation is just about knowing how to use your microphones.
Yesterday we talked about the importance of the condenser microphone and how versatile it is to get great recordings in your home studio. If you missed that video you can watch it here.
Today I wanted to show you how I use the same microphone to record acoustic guitar. I’ll go through various different microphone techniques and show you just how much the sound will change depending on how you place the microphone.
- How to set up your acoustic guitar to get the best sound at the source
- How to find the sweet spot of the acoustic guitar to capture the most balanced sound of your instrument
- How to avoid the horror story of an out-of-tune guitar -Where to place a microphone on the guitar to get the most optimum sound
- How to find the right guitar for your productions
- How to find the right spot for your acoustic guitar in the room
- How to experiment with on and off-axis mic placement
- How to get a wide stereo image using the M/S stereo technique to record the acoustic guitar
- Plus, you’ll hear audio examples from multiple mic positions to hear the difference between each microphone placement.