rojarosguitar wrote: ↑
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:53 am
I'm very interested in your future results, Konstantin, you do great work and your playing is more than very enjoyable.
Well, even a bit of reverb is more than just a sound tail after the actual sound; it acts also as a kind of EQ smoothing out some harshness, that's why I said in my post, add a pinch of reverb ...
Personally I would always prefer some kind of stereo recording, even if the mono mic is of much higher quality; the spatial clues and spaciousness of sound are very essential to enjoyment of music. At the end of the day I don't see having a stereo mic or a pair of SDC togather with a good quality mobile recorder allowing for external mics, like DR-40, H4n and many more, as much more cumbersome than anything else one could do. It's set up quickly and doesn't take up much space. CM3 or Superlux S502 would be cheap mobile solutions; Rode NT 4 etc... upwards no limits.
I think it's also a matter of the appreciation of one's own work to record it in best possible work. Recently we had a little concert and Initially I planned to use my DR-40, but than I thought, what the heck, it's a uique situation, let's record it properly, and I brought my Tascam HS-P82 (which is a machine of superb (to say the least) sonic quality, but a bit on the heavy side for a mobile recorder) and a Neumann USM69 ... I think it was worth the little bit extra effort! see here (well, might not be your music
Reverb can be a kind of EQ but thats also true for real spaces with nice (or not so) acoustic properties. Furthermore when recording in small rooms with directional microphones at 40-50cm from our guitars the sound can be too direct, not very similar to how one experiences sound standing even just 1 meter away and depending on the room, placing the microphones at let say 1 meter is not an option though, because early reflections will blur the sound too much.
A couple of CM3s and a Tascam or Zoom are not difficult to carry, but bringing the mics, recorder, stand, stereo-bar, XLR cables, batteries means that I plan to do some kind of recording and when I plan to do a location recording I'm not shy to carry a full cart of equipment:
Btw, I think your clip with the USM69 suffers a little with what I'm describing on the first paragraph, the acoustics of the room and the resonance of the low bowed notes are too dominant in the recording! Does it sound sweeter that how it would sound with the onboard mics of a Tascam or Zoom recorder? Probably yes but not by far since the acoustics of the room don´t help.
Microphone placement is the key, no matter if you record with an iPhone, a USB mic, a portable recorder or a pair of high end condenser microphones!
Video people and mobile recordists always say that the best camera/microphone is the one you have with you. In that mindset, I always want to have with me the best possible equipment I can, but thats not always possible and something like the Mic+ can stay in my guitar case.
Thank you Arash, I also think that low cut at 155hz is too high for guitar, I usually set low cut filters at 78hz or even lower.