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Single-Mic Techniques for Capturing the Perfect Acoustic Guitar Tone

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What’s your preferred mic technique for recording acoustic guitars?

If you’re anything like most engineers, your answer may vary a bit depending on the arrangement, the purpose, the guitar player, the instrument and the song, but there are really just two or three commonly-used approaches that crop up again and again.

What’s your preferred mic technique for recording acoustic guitars?

If you’re anything like most engineers, your answer may vary a bit depending on the arrangement, the purpose, the guitar player, the instrument and the song, but there are really just two or three commonly-used approaches that crop up again and again.

Perhaps one of the most tried and trusted techniques is to aim a condenser mic near to where the neck meets the body, around the 12th or 14th fret. This technique—and a couple of variations on it—can get the job done in most situations.

However, when you want to get some more nuance and detail, or if you’re just looking for something a little different in acoustic guitar sound, a whole world of possibilities opens up, and a little bit of experimentation can go a long way.

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