ricstang wrote:I was just watching the John Williams Seville Concert, and I noticed that for every performance, he has 2 mics in front of him. I assume this is to get a stereo sound even though both mics must be picking up pretty much the same thing.
My question is this: would it benifit a home recording to set up 2 mics and record in stereo? Right now I only have one XLR input for my soundcard, so I would have to connect the 2 mics via a y-cable or some other adapter, but then would that defeat the purpose? Would it really sound any better or more full?
I would experiment, but currently I only have one microphone. If anyone knows about this, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks- Ric
Yes, yes and yes! You will rarely hear a modern professional recording of acoustic guitar -- solo or otherwise -- that is not recorded in stereo. Both mics are not
picking up the same thing, that's actually the whole point.
Look at it this way. Mic placement is extremely important when recording acoustic guitar. If you point a mic directly at the sound hole, you will get a very different sound than if you point a mic at the neck. Stereo micing lets you record sound from multiple locations on the guitar and mix them together to get a fuller, more detailed and more accurate sound.
Combining the signal from two mics into a single, mono input may defeat the purpose. You want to record in real stereo. If you only have a single XLR input on your soundcard (or interface or whatever), your best bet is to connect the mics to two separate channels on a mixing board. Pan one channel hard left, the other hard right. Run the line-level output from the mixing board into the line-level stereo input on your soundcard. Depending on the software you use, you will need to record two separate tracks -- simultaneously of course -- one for the left channel, one for the right channel. If your software permits, you can also record to a single stereo
track. Preserve the left and right panning to create a wider, more "live" sound.
Stereo micing works best with a matched pair of mics and preamps (any XLR input should have a built-in preamp). I don't do stereo micing at the moment because I only have one good mic. As soon as my budget allows, I plan to either buy a matched set of mics, or a single mic that is identical to the one I already own and start doing all of my recordings in stereo.
Do a Google search on "recording the acoustic guitar" or something similar and you should find some good information on stereo mic placement, mixing, etc.
Does this help?