Acoustic Guitar Production Help sheet

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Recording an Acoustic Guitar

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Recording & Mixing


Recording Information

Recording Level: Control and monitor levels high but between -12db to -4db avoiding any clipping.
Mic Used: Rode NT1 or AKG C414
Mic Type: Large diaphragm condenser Microphone
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Mic Placement: Direct towards the sound hole about 30cm away. If you are using only one microphone place over the 12th fret of the fret board.
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Mic Position and Capture:

recording acoustic guitar
[/one_half_last] [stylebox] Considerations: Make sure the guitar is in tune. Experiment with different microphones, different positions and using multiple microphones.
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Mixing an Acoustic Guitar


Insert Effects

compression recipes
Acoustic Guitar compression starting point
Threshold: adjust for 5-12dB gain reduction
Ratio: 5-10:1
Knee: Soft/Hard
Attack: 5ms/auto
Release: 55ms
Make up gain:+5db to +10db

Acoustic guitar compression settings

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Acoustic Guitar EQ recipes
Starting point:
Band 1: 120Hz to 300hz high pass
Band 2:2db to 3dB at 5.0khzAcoustic guitar EQ settings


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Send FX

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Acoustic guitar levels
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Will usually depend on where the piano is panned. If the piano is panned Left 50 (L50) then your guitar should probably be panned Right 50 (R50). When double tracking an acoustic guitar one would be place left and the other would be placed right, the amount depends on the mix start hard left and right and bring them in until they sound correct.

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Adding guitar effects:

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