rojarosguitar wrote: ↑
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:35 am
If you are set to record yourself on a PC and that's what you want to do, than that is what you do.
One would have to invest quite serious money over their price to obtain any really significant improvement in recording quality.
But just for reviewing one's own playing halfways good sounding computer loudspeaker or headphone might be enough. It really depands on what your final aim is.
I agree. The "serious money" has been cut off drastically over the last 2-3 decades, and Blue Yeti USB mic is on the decent side of the spectrum today.
I also read between the lines, that is fairly interpreted as you prioritize the convenience or handiness of the recording task to some extent.
What I think you can do to improve is, trying different mic settings, with an option to add another Yeti to enable more mic setting options, and find a desired acoustics to get your performance recorded.
Out of those suggestions, what you can do with no additional investment is to try different mic positions. This will drastically change the sound. As a basic rule of thumb, you will pick up more reflections (echos) of the room as you get farther from the sounding part (i.e. mainly the body) of the guitar. And you often find the professional guitarists behind a microphone aiming at about 12th fret of the guitar. I would say this aiming at somewhere from 12th fret to possibly the sound hole, and optionally to the bridge, 30-40 cm away from the guitar is a good start. Anything closer would give you too boomy sounding results impo. Also, you have to expect less low freq from farther microphones, and thus have to adjust with an EQ accordingly. It's about striking a balance, so if you are OK with the ambient sound picked up by a certain distance that gives you the best balanced frequency response, then you can adjust the mic position rather than post EQ processing.
Upon adding one more Yeti, I have no previous experience as to how they would be recognized by your DAW on the PC. I can only guess it would be something like Bule Yeti (1) and Blue Yeti (2), but you could also expect some device recognition issues. To skip all these worrisome things, you can go for a tried and true 2ch+ audio interface and some XLR mics.
With 2+ mics you have many options including parallel, x-y, etc. that I cannot discuss in brief.
As an additional note, if you expect anything close to a studio recording using U87 or else, you need one or more 1-in diaphragm microphone. It is not because their response is superb, but because it has a particular characteristics. In fact, today's smaller diaphragms may well have better freq-responses than 1-in. But our ears are so much accustomed to the 1-in mic sound, anything else really does not sound as good.
You can further read about the foregoing at Neumann site:
https://www.neumann.com/homestudio/en/d ... icrophones
However, this also means that if you use a reasonably decent 1-in diaphragm microphone, it will sound reasonably closer to the studio quality top notch microphone, just because they share the same 1-in diaphragm characteristics, more or less. So and so this information would hopefully help you if you don't have 7k budget handy for a microphone.
Nonetheless, I have to note that, good microphones are good and offer you the added quality for the additional price, such as super low noise signal and durability and so on and so forth.
I hope this helps you.