Best mic/kind of mic for Acoustic Gtr?

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Member Since: Jun 04, 2004

What would you say was the best mic for acoustic guitars? I already have a Studio Projects B-1 Large Diaphragm Condensor but it doesn`t sound quite how I want. I want more high-end sparkle to my sound. The B-1 is great for the price but does sound a little boxey in the midrange.
Anyway, would a S.D Condensor be better?
Thanks alot.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jul 27, 2005 09:44 am

Heard some good things about the MXL mics and they are a decent price as well. I do almost all of my recording direct, so I can't say from experience, but that's been the concensus around here it seems.

I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Jul 27, 2005 11:18 am

Small diaphragm condensors are the general tool for acoustic instruments and drum overheads.

I record acoustic guitar with a pair of MXL 993s, and I think that they sound great for budget mics.

Also, the guitar itself has a lot to do with the recorded result. If the result sounds boxy, then listen carefully to your guitar and see if it is the source of this boxiness. Mine was, and a change of strings really brought a lot of life out of it. It's still no Martin, but at least it doesn't sound like one of those Fender acoustics anymore.

Also, mic placement has a lot to do with the end result. After researching the issue and playing around myself, I found that 1 SDC behind the bridge and 1 SDC at about the 14th fret was the best sounding placement.

I wouldn't give up on your mic yet, but SDC mics are the usual mics used on acoustic guitars.

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Jul 27, 2005 11:37 am

what he said!

Since: Oct 30, 2003

Jul 27, 2005 03:28 pm

ill be road testing my samson c02s next week, i'll let you know the verdict *nods*

The Quiet Minded
Since: Jan 01, 2003

Jul 27, 2005 05:06 pm

I use the MXL 603S

JR Productions
Since: Mar 03, 2005

Jul 27, 2005 08:01 pm

You also might want to try using your b-1 as a room mic (if your room "sounds" good enough) and then try your 57 at the 14th fret and then get a SDC and place it near the soundhole. If your 57 isn't cutting it, try to reposition it or get another (prefferably the same) SDC and replace it. This is how I have my set up and it seems to work well.

?cixelsid I mA
Since: Jul 30, 2005

Jul 31, 2005 02:18 pm

Ive used C02s on Violin, Cello, Piano, and 12 string acoustic with good results.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Sep 17, 2005 11:58 pm

I'll second the C02's as well. Bought a pair a while ago on the recomendation of a couple peep's I trust, and the need for them ASAP. I can honestly say, I was impressed. They are very clean, as well as very easy to position to avoid phasing problems. I would even go as far as to say they out did the MK-012's.

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