Originally Posted by DblBarrelJ
Diego, based on your engineering experience, what do you feel is the superior way to record an acoustic guitar?
Any tips for acoustic players like me?
My guitar is acoustic/electric, I typically just record pure acoustic and allow the mic on the camera to do the work.
Any tips if I wanted to utilize Adobe Audition to record my acoustic into my computer?
How would I go about recording both my singing and playing? Would it need to be done separately or can it be done simultaneously?
Well, first thing is first: you can't polish a turd. So get it right at source, obv.
I think I can see a condenser hanging above the kit? Use that if you don't already.
It depends on what your aim is. Like how professional does it need to be?
Record the vox separately. Close mic the guitar with the condenser, near the hole but not right in front of it, about 6 inches away, and use something like a 58 to sing into. Record simultaneously.
Experiment with mic positions on the guitar. That's really important. See where you get the best sound. I assume from the gear you're not alone. So get someone to play while you test out different mic positions. I couldnt stress enough how important it is to experiment with your set up until you find what works best for the track.
I never had any real hard and fast rules. It was always a case of finding the best way to get the best sound for the track.
You can record the pickup into another track through a DI and perhaps use it in the mix somehow. Again, experiment. One thing to watch out for with that is phasing: you may need to delay the DI a touch as it is quicker to go down than the mic is.
How much do you understand sound properties and its mannerisms?
The room is important too. If you want a cleaner, less airy sound into the desk to work with in a sequencer, put a rug down and record it in a dead ish space.
I once had access to a 12x48ish attic fully panelled and fell in love with the sound of the Spanish guitar in it. Where you record is really important and should be considered when you think about how you want your song to sound.
Tell me what gear you have, whether you plan on getting more and what the room is like and maybe I could make more specific suggestions.
I'm not at all familiar with the adobe programme. I used logic and pro tools. Logic was better but definitely much more difficult to get the hang of. What sound interface are you using?
To sum up: as a default, use the condenser on the acoustic and another sm58 type mic to sing into at the same time. Experiment and see what works.