I don't remember saying to the OP to go on a shopping spree and go broke
Imparting experience & wisdom is what the OP was asking for, and I was doing so in offering mine and offering more than one option for a mic, interface & preamp. Had I just mentioned one, I'd be a shill, wouldn't I?
In any case, I no longer "(have) all this stuff" anymore, meaning all the gear I mentioned, it's been sold off. My recommendation was was to go the ribbon mic route and to choose an interface which has enough gain. No every ribbon mic is expensive nor are the M-Audio interfaces I mentioned. Again, I'm imparting & wisdom an experience on things I've used, & tested, not guess-imated or giving opinions off of the top of my head on a whim.
As far as going the Zoom, Tascam route, um NO! Classical guitar is something that should be captured properly; that's why we're all here because of the art of it all. If you're going the Zoom/Tascam route, might as well just use your iPhone's on board mic if you wanna capture things on the go. As far as cataloging & capturing a great performance, the you need to step it up.
For capturing archival-grade-commercial QUALITY recordings (like something you wouldn't feel guilty having people pay for with their hard earned money), go with a decent interface/preamp and a ribbon mic; preferably in MS or Blumlein. If you're sketching ideas that will not master or mix well in the future and you don't care about quality, go with a Zoom/Tascam/Line 6 iPhone interface (all of which I've used and would NOT use for a serious project).
rojarosguitar wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:58 pm
DanRock101 wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:55 am
In my experience of recording classical guitar, the chain of mic > cable > preamp > interface > .... and we can speculate from here as to weather to use a Channel Strip and print with EQ/FX, etc., and sample rate, DAW, etc.....
In the past I've used AKG 414's, Blue Kiwis, Neumann U87s, Bock 195, Audio Technica AT4030, Royer 121, and Coles 4038 & 4040. The ribbon mic route is the way to go. Classical guitar recordings don't need all the transients of condenser mics. Know that with ribbon mics, you'll need a preamp/interface with plenty of CLEAN gain. I've used the Metric Halo ULN8, ULN2, Apogee Duet, M-Audio Profire 610 & 2626 and they have plenty of clean gain for ribbon mics! You can always make up the high-end/treble EQ the ribbon mics lack via your DAW/plug-ins.
Hope this helps!
DanRock101, not meaning criticizing, but I think somebody having all this stuff you mention here probably wouldn't ask here
. All the mics, preamps and interfaces are certainly great but also expensive stuff, and if the OT poster just wishes to have a decent documentation of his own work, it's a tiny bit of an overkill for that.
As I wrote in many places and as also has been pointed out here, for many purposes small mobile digital stereo recorders like Zoom H2, Tascam DR-40, or even Zoom iQ7 with iPhone (if it's there anyway) are marvelous and have one huge advantage over all the expensive stuff: they are extremely easy to set up, and after you set them up, you can forget them, which means, you can be in 'artist mode' instead of 'tech mode' (the latter not being very conducive to good relaxed playing).