Most of the musicians start with acoustic guitar and many great songs are written on it. Although, the recording and mixing of an acoustic guitar can be complex. All you need to do is get the sound right at the source for a good recording.
Are you tired of spending hours mixing the acoustic guitar? Are you constantly recoding at a bad sound at the source? But you do not have to worry anymore, we are here with the 4 best tips for recording and mixing acoustic guitars.
XY placement is popular microphone placement. It includes two pencil condenser microphones crossed at the 12th fret. Both microphones will be aimed at the 12th fret and a 90-degree angle against each other. To find the best sounding point, move this placement up and down the fretboard and soundboard.
You have to keep in mind, that every guitar is different and mic positions are different for every guitar. The microphone should be placed at around 6 inches away from the guitar. If you are using this placement, you don’t have to extremely pan it in the mixing process compared to the spaced pair technique.
Recording with D.I
Recording with direct inject input is an excellent option for laying down tracks quickly. This is the point where most songwriters will start from. However, as you are recording the acoustic guitar’s sound through the guitar’s pickup, you will end up with a slightly unnatural sound recording.
This is where convolution reverb will help you. It is made from firing a series of frequencies which are then recorded and squashed into an impulse response. You can use Space Designer in Logic X or Space in Pro tools for great convolution reverb. Take D.I even when you are using a microphone to experiment with the tonal option and blend with your microphones.
Some acoustic guitars need to be compressed but not all acoustic guitars do. If you compressed your guitar unnecessarily, it can end up sounding squashed.
Guitars that are used in the background will receive benefits with compression. Compressions usually bring out the sound of strings and make the guitar more rhythmic and percussive. If you want your guitar to be rhythmic then only compress it. If you want focal instruments then maybe it’s best to leave compression out.
Range allocation is one of the best ways to get your mix to sit well. Fundamentally, it is a process of allocating space in the frequency spectrum for every instrument. First, you have to find the place in the frequency spectrum which enhances the acoustic guitar’s natural tone. Make sure that no other instrument is boosted in that area. After boosting your section, make small cuts where you have boosted other instruments. It is a simple process however it takes some time to master.