3 mics / which sounds best on classical ?

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3 mics / which sounds best on classical ?

Post by el_guitarrero » Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:25 pm

Hello dear forum members,

lost in the rabbit hole of classical guitar recordings, I am trying to get a decent recording of classical guitar in a small home studio.

Would you please be so kind an hear into this soundfile, and tell me, what mic you liked?
I have recorded 2 short excerpts from popular classical pieces with each mic, so you hear mic1, mic2, mic3 shortly one after the other.

https://soundcloud.com/use1414/3-mics-i ... 2-snippets
For sure I will tell you what mics where used, I think this may help the one or the other when making decisions what recording gear to buy....
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Re: 3 mics / which sounds best on classical ?

Post by Bill-stl » Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:41 pm

I liked mic 2 and 3 better than mic 1. Mic 1 was a little harsh, to me.
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Re: 3 mics / which sounds best on classical ?

Post by el_guitarrero » Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:50 pm

really? ...it is the warmest of all, due to the low high frequency response (Ribbon technology). Anyway thank you for your ears and opinion, which is appreciated , Thanks

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Re: 3 mics / which sounds best on classical ?

Post by astro64 » Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:04 pm

No expert on mics but here goes. Two seemed the best compromise. One was warmest but less focused. Three was too aggressive sounding for me.

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Re: 3 mics / which sounds best on classical ?

Post by el_guitarrero » Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:02 pm

https://soundcloud.com/use1414/3-mics-i ... pets-wo-fx

uploaded a version without reverb, fwiw

Thanks for your opinions up to now!

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Alexander Kalil
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Re: 3 mics / which sounds best on classical ?

Post by Alexander Kalil » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:30 pm

For me, mic 1 wins by a clear margin due to rounder trebles. But note that this only means it's the best mic of the three given your particular playing technique, your particular instrument and your particular room. For a different player or instrument I might prefer mic 2 or mic 3.

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Re: 3 mics / which sounds best on classical ?

Post by sxedio » Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:26 pm

In the reverb version I thought the ribbon was lacking trebles, in the no reverb version it sounds much better I think. It is an interesting comparison as number 3 which according to the no reverb labelling is the olympus handheld, is actually not bad at all.
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Re: 3 mics / which sounds best on classical ?

Post by StGeorge » Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:49 am

I also preferred mic 2 and 3 over mic 1. Wish I could remember the name of the piece you were playing. 8)
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Re: 3 mics / which sounds best on classical ?

Post by ronjazz » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:29 am

They all sound fine, actually. You appear to have a little hiccup in the Nocturno's opening arpeggios, towards the end of each pattern, but your tremolo sounds pretty good. Spend more time with the guitar, less with mics, because you deserve it, you have a good sound.
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Re: 3 mics / which sounds best on classical ?

Post by LipeB » Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:40 am

I’m between mics 2 and 3. It seems to me that 3 is fuller, but also a bit more harsh than 2.

I think I’d stay with 2, as good compromise. I also like your sound! Keep going...

Don’t forget that despite quality, each mic and preamp have their own coloration. Take that into account when choosing your equipment. Some thing can be adjusted with a little bit of EQ.

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