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Old 04-04-2013, 01:05 AM   #1
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Talking Best mic(s) for guitar and vocals?

Hi! I'm doing a demo of a song I made over Spring Break, I set up a session for my friend to record drums today and they sound amazing! I am getting my other friend to do bass pretty soon and I started to think about what i'm using to record electric/acoustic guitar and vocals with. I only have an SM57, so that can deal with the electric guitar part but the other I may need to rent a mic or two. What is the best mic(s) for acoustic guitar and vocals? Something that sounds balanced and warm.

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Old 04-04-2013, 01:09 AM   #2
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Some form of Condenser microphone. I know there's fans of the Audio Technica AT2020 and AT2035 here, it's supposed to be pretty good. But if you're hiring a mic then you can probably get something a little nicer because you're not purchasing it.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:10 AM   #3
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The 414 are amazing and very versatile they do both Omni and Figure 8 polar patterns. As does the rode nt2a.

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Old 04-04-2013, 01:55 AM   #4
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Best mics? Neumann U67 or 87.

Best high mid-range? AKG C414, Audio Technica AT4060, etc.

Best low mid-range? Audio Technica AT4040, AKG C214, Shure KSM44, Rode K2

Best low-end? Audio Technica AT2020, MXL V67G, Studio Projects B1

If you have the money left over, pair them with a good SDC on the acoustic for more clarity. From cheap to expensive - Samson CO2/MXL 603, Oktava MK012/Rode NT5, Beyerdynamic MC930/Neumann KM184.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:57 AM   #5
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For the acoustic guitar, a pair of Neumann KM140 set up in an XY configuration for stereo recording could be good. Maybe even a pair of Earthworks QTC50's as overheads. But which ever mics you use, having a pair and using them in a stereo micing technique is often good for acoustic instruments.

For vocals, a Shure KSM 44 would be a good mic, or a AKG 414.
If you were only going to hire one mic, you could probably record both acoustic guitar and vocals with an AKG 414, but I would really suggest two mics in stereo for the acoustic guitar.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:59 AM   #6
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If you can find Neumann KM84s they are incredible on acoustic guitar! If you can't KM184s are the newer model and do pretty well also!

C414s are also pretty amazing. Really clear, though some people think they are a bit sterile and cold.

U87 for vocals, all the way.

You could try something crazy like a ribbon. I've used 4038s on acoustic before and in terms of warmth you won't get much better! although they might not cut through the mix as well as 414s or KM84s would.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:48 AM   #7
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Hi ! For acoustic guitar recording there are some good mic recommendations this article
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Best mics? Neumann U67 or 87.

Best high mid-range? AKG C414, Audio Technica AT4060, etc. Rode K2

Best low mid-range? Audio Technica AT4040, AKG C214, Shure KSM44, Rode K2

Best low-end? Audio Technica AT2020, MXL V67G, Studio Projects B1

If you have the money left over, pair them with a good SDC on the acoustic for more clarity. From cheap to expensive - Samson CO2/MXL 603, Oktava MK012/Rode NT5, Beyerdynamic MC930/Neumann KM184.


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maybe there should be sticky about this ?

it's all very personal preference

I found my Samson C1 is my fav it's warmer then my AKG Perception 220 & Shure PG27
and all of them far better then a Sm58 for recording vocals. ( YES sm58 is for live But posting the info just as reference )
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That's great,I agree with your thought.All things are difficult before they are easy.

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