problems with recording acoustic guitar

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Member Since: Mar 06, 2007

I've been recording acoustic guitar tracks lately,and i need to know if this is an acoustic problem (room) or mechanical.Ok heres the situation.I'm using a NTK thru a grace 101,on the 12th fret thats where I'd think is the sweet spot is for this chain,the hi's sound like they are fluttering,even in perfect tune.When I move the mic to the bridge this seems to be less audible.Conclusion ,the more the bass response the less noticable.The hi's seems to flutter,in a bad way.too pronounced.Don't guess, If anyone knows what this problem might be please reply.Don't add to the confusion

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Mar 15, 2007 06:30 am

Have you tried a different mic in the same position to at least use the process of elimination?

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Mar 15, 2007 10:39 am

You might be getting flutter echo from the walls. Try putting up a blanket on the wall, or something similar. See if that helps.

Also, move that mic around all over, like dB said. Sweet spots vary with every room, guitar, mic, etc.

Don't guess, If anyone knows what this problem might be please reply.Don't add to the confusion

I'm not sure how someone would know exactly what the problem is, as they're not there in the room, experiencing what is going on. Nor are we psychic. If my post is confusing the situation more, please let me know, and I'll remove it =).

Since: Mar 06, 2007

Mar 15, 2007 06:20 pm

Definitly not mor confusing,I apreciate the response.will do.process of elimination.Got it.....Thanks

Uh, at least one more time . . .
Since: Feb 07, 2007

Mar 15, 2007 08:59 pm

If you don't (or can't) put the old blanket on the wall, you can try this: I was getting bad results with recording an acoustic with a condenser. I took a laundry rack (A folding wooden rack that stands about four feet tall, 16 inches deep, and two feet wide) and draped a woolen army blanket over it. I then sat in front of it, with the mic about 12 inches in front of the blanket wall. The guitar is about 12 inches or so off the mic with the mic at about the twenty-second fret--in other words, just off the sound hole. Instant success.

Since: Mar 06, 2007

Mar 16, 2007 12:24 am

First of all I'd like to say I love this site.Everyone who has replied I thank yee.I just tried using a nt5 with almost the same results,so I'm chalking it up to fluttering echo's.I do have moving blankets up, but still.My band used to practice there and i must say It's the worst sounding room I have ever played in.It's a box 12'X12'.Thank god I'm moving my gear to my house.Tim I'll have to try that out I'll be stuck in that room for another month or so.Thanks

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Mar 18, 2007 10:19 pm

YOu could also be getting some phase issues if you are using multiple mic's. But it sounds as though you are only using one.

If indeed you are using a pair of mic's then phase indeed can be an issue. The cure is slightly moving the mic in or out from the guitar, or varying the angle from directly pointed at the twelfth fret to slightly angled towards the sound hole.

But it indeed sounds as it is flutter echo from the walls or something in the room.

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