Get The Best t of an Acoustic Recording Session

Get The Best t of an Acoustic Recording Session

Are you curious about the best way to record an acoustic guitar in the home? Let us look at some of the tips to help you get the perfect sound both before and during the session. These tips are vital, and you will agree with me that recording an acoustic guitar isn’t a walk in the park. You might think you have captured the best performance only to find out that there is a flaw in sonic delivery. Let us see how to make it work.

Use the Right Recording Gear

If you don’t have the right equipment, you won’t get the right results, unless you want to settle just for anything.

Before you go ahead and find the right spot for recording your track, you need to have the right tools. Make sure the guitar is working perfectly and tuned up for the session. If you need any other accessories make sure they are ready.

One of the tools that should receive a lot of focus is the microphone. You need one that has the best acoustic recording capabilities. Limit your choice to condensers. As much as dynamic mics can do a lot of things well when it comes to acoustic guitars they don’t run the show. This is because they fail to capture the finer details of the acoustic guitar’s rich top end. On the other hand, a condenser mic’s diaphragm responds better.

You can choose a mic with either a large or small capsule. If you don’t know what to do, use a large diaphragm condenser for mono techniques and a small diaphragm condenser for stereo miking. There are a lot of mics on the market that can give you the output you desire, for my case I am a fan of this rainier mic that gives the best performance so far.

Get the Perfect Place

You need to find the perfect spot to do the recording. This spot ought to be the best point at which the acoustic guitar (or your voice) sounds best. Take notes while at it, including the specific point and the best height of the mic off the ground. Additionally make sure you note down the ideal distance between you and the mic, the perfect angle in relation to the mic. Better yet, you can get a friend to take a picture while performing a demo at the spot.

Experiment with Different Tempos

Take time to pick the best tempo to use for the song. Get a few tempos that fit the song and experiment with them till you have the perfect mix. The mood goes hand in hand with the tempo. Do you want the guitar to be graceful? Gentle? Smooth? Aggressive? The tempo will dictate the mood, and these will be accentuated by the vocal approach and the guitar part.

Come up with the Perfect Volume Level

You need to set up the volume level so that you don’t end up pushing too hard during each recording. This might end up causing distortion that might ruin an otherwise awesome track. Once you have the perfect pitch and volume, focus on maintaining it at that level especially when you re-sing or replay the part.

Don’t put the volume of the click track too high so that it seeps through your headphones into the mic. It is wise to use a click track during recording, but make sure it isn’t too loud such that the clicks get through to the instrument mic or the vocal.

Consider a Perfect Set Up

If your studio or recording room isn’t soundproof yet you don’t have the budget to implement soundproofing, don’t worry. You can use various ways to stop the bleed-through. One, you can consider a vocal booth (fixed or portable) or get a wind screen.

These tips help you prepare for perfect recording with an acoustic guitar. Let us see what you can do during the session to make everything perfect.

Be Sensitive to the Noises

These include the slide of the arm and hand over the guitar, your breathing, and any other noise that might come from the floor, the chair you are seating on etc. these noises might seem non-trivial and low, but they surely end up contaminating the track. Nothing gives you stress than knowing you have the perfect performance only to realize that the recording has funny noises that weren’t meant to be on the track. Imagine your stomach rumbling just when the track is ending!

Watch out for, and Avoid Squeaks

Yes, they are hard to avoid, but with the right approach, you can minimize them. After recording a track or two, listen keenly to the guitar track for any squeaks. These sounds are as a result of your style or hands. You might have more or less squeaks depending on your style of play. Once you notice squeaks, you need to do away with them. For one, you can acquire coated guitar strings to help reduce this phenomenon.

If it took you time to set up the performance and you are happy about the track, you can note down the times when the squeaking occurred and punch in replacement sections. You can alternatively identify squeakless sections in another part of the track and paste it in the squeaky area.

Don’t be a Drifter

The audience wants to hear the notes of the guitar clearly. If you keep on moving the guitar you might end up losing the audience. Make sure you maintain the positioning through each phase of the song.

Ending the Session like a Pro

Before you decide to terminate the recording session, make sure to listen to the track all the way through without any distraction. Listening to the track as you perform recording can be hard and you might end up losing the perspective.  As you listen, take note of any modifications you need to make for the track to be perfect. Identify any spots you need to punch in and the specific times when anomalies occur. This way you end up with a list of items that you ought to handle when you go in for the final recording.

The Bottomline

Perhaps the ideal tip for capturing the perfect acoustic guitar sounds is patience and being prepared. Make sure you don’t cut any corners during preparation and make sure you have everything you need. Well, the final output might not be what you are looking for, but you have time to rectify any mistakes. Make sure you note down any problems before and during the recording for correction later. Don’t let a single item spoil your perfect track, take time to eliminate any issues so that you end up with a track that will give you what you desire.

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