Recording Techniques

This afternoon, myself and David O’Leary decided to work on some recording techniques as he is going to be working on my Major Music Project. We were mainly working on microphone placement for my nylon-string acoustic guitar as he had been researching various methods recently and was eager to try them out with me today.

David has recently become interested in Eric Valentine, who is a record producer known for working with artists such as Nickel Creek, Slash, and Queens Of The Stone Age.

Record Producer Eric Valentine in the Studio

Record Producer Eric Valentine in the Studio

In particular, David was intrigued by a certain microphone technique he used. The technique involves two microphones lined up vertically, in line with the 12th fret of the guitar, with about 18 inches of space between them. Each is facing towards the guitar, as seen below. In Pro Tools, the microphones are panned to extremes to create a subtle, realistic stereo image where the strings seem to span across the headphones/speakers.

Photo taken by David O'Leary

Photo taken by David O’Leary

Next week we will be heading back in to get to work on recording some parts. In addition to this, I will also be hoping to work on getting a good sound for my steel-string acoustic in the studio as I find the sound of strummed chords to suit the steel-string over a nylon-string guitar.

Of the other microphone techniques we tested, one of them worked really nicely, which I hope will get us a good sound for the steel-string. The technique, seen below has one microphone – a Groove Tubes GT33 – facing downwards towards the 12th fret of the guitar, with a microphone below facing sideways. In Pro Tools, the sideways microphone is duplicated, panned to extreme opposites, and then phase-reversed to create a stereo image. David thinks that this technique could sound really nice on double-tracked guitars, which I am hoping to do with the steel-string soon.

Photo taken by David O’Leary

Photo taken by David O’Leary

You can also check out the rest of today’s images over at the Gallery.

I am looking forward to getting some more recording done soon, and I am continuing to work on my songwriting for the project. Overall I am excited, but a little apprehensive of the final result of the project, as I have yet to release any original material.

More to come soon!

– Maxwell

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