Problems recording acoustic guitar.

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Member Since: Jan 12, 2007

So. I've got a no-name, nylon string, classical style acoustic guitar, a Shure PG58 dynamic mic, an AKG D2300S dynamic mic and an Acer Aspire 3000 laptop with Adobe Audition 1.5 recording software installed. As far as I know, all the equipment I'm using is fully functional.

My problem is this:

At the moment, I'm trying to record solo acoustic guitar tracks. No vocals, no effects, just strumming chords.

Whenever I record anything I get massive amounts of white noise/humming in the background and weird "gloopy" sounds on the chords. Sounds like I'm using a phaser or something but I'm not. Also, when I play back the track I've recorded the sound is extremely muddy and uneven.

I'm running the Shure PG58 into a set of Lyon AMP3 speakers, then running the speakers into the Line In port of my laptop because I don't have the adapter I need to plug the mike directly into the computer.

Any comments, suggestions, tips, or helpful advice?

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Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Jan 12, 2007 10:11 pm

i have no idea what an amp3 is, and i can't find too much info on google about it...but i'm gonna guess that's where your problem REALLY need a mic preamp to plug your mic into....i'm willing to bet that's where your problem is.

Since: Dec 11, 2006

Jan 12, 2007 10:57 pm

why do u need a pre amp so badly? inst it to boost the signal? cause my signal seems to be fine withought one

just a question,

Since: Jan 12, 2007

Jan 13, 2007 12:53 am

Cool. I suspected it might be the speakers. 'preciate it.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jan 13, 2007 01:00 am

Yep, that is a key ingredient in getting rid of the gloopy sounds and crap. The mic is not meant to be run through anything other then a dedicated mic pre and into the PC via a sound card. Odds are good that what ever the speaker set up is is what is causing the problem. I would imagine it is not meant to send a mic signal through and out the line out.

OK, I found a good deal of info on the AMP3 unit. IT is for instrument input only! Not mic input, that is what is causing the noise. It is not made to plug a mic into at all. It is for guitars.

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