#1
I've been playing guitar for a few months now and I'm starting to mess around with recording stuff. I'm using an Ibanez AEF18 electric acoustic with an Apogee recording interface connected to GarageBand. I don't know that much about audio software and I'm having trouble getting the guitar to sound natural when recorded. It sounds very electronic and fake. Any suggestions?
#2
i find acoustic eletrics sound the most natural through an acoustic amp or a tube amp
but for recording i prefer to just use a microphone ive never gottan a more natural sound than that

but then again most of my gear kinda sucks
#3
yea try using an acoustic amp sim for recording? or failing that it may be time to invest in an instrument mic!
#5
Quote by dhruvrajvanshi
use a good microphone for recording.


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#6
how does a real guitar sound electronic and fake?

heres my method which works well enough i guess

1 mic 6-8 inches away from soundhole, off center and angled to the sound hole (that is not pointed straight at it)

1 mic 4-6 inches away from 12th fret, angled to the fret

1 line in for pickup system

record each mic/line to its own track

pan the mic's left and right and bring up the pickup'ed section until it fills out the sound without being overpowered
#7
Quote by z4twenny
how does a real guitar sound electronic and fake?

play your acoustic guitar- real
play something on guitar pro-fake
just an example
#8
I've never had issues plugging an electro-acoustic directly into a DAW clean via DI, but if that doesn't work just mic it up as you would a typical acoustic.


Also, anyone havea clue what the post above me is on about?
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#9
Quote by DisarmGoliath
I've never had issues plugging an electro-acoustic directly into a DAW clean via DI, but if that doesn't work just mic it up as you would a typical acoustic.


Yeah I have recorded 2 electro-acoustics (one Ovation and one Ibanez) with a clean direct input into FL Studio and thought it sounded great. Just as good as micing my Alvarez acoustic guitar, without having to worry about ambient noises.
#10
Quote by DisarmGoliath

Also, anyone havea clue what the post above me is on about?

the guy I quoted couldnt see how a guitar could sound fake so I gave him an exaple(real guitar vs midi). What's so confusing?
#11
I've got a pretty nice Taylor that does not sound good di'd. The problem is with those piezo pickups. Not a fan. Mic the guitar instead. Or at least blend a mic in with the di signal.
#12
Quote by dhruvrajvanshi
the guy I quoted couldnt see how a guitar could sound fake so I gave him an exaple(real guitar vs midi). What's so confusing?

That he said how can playing a guitar sound fake... using guitar pro is not playing guitar, so is irrelevant, and the same goes for MIDI-programmed guitars... as they are neither guitars or being physically played.
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#13
if it sounds too fake, it's because of the pickup and besides trying to EQ it, there's not much you can do without miking the guitar.

i'm personally a fan of 2 mics and a DI for acoustics. if you cant swing that, just one mic and a DI. if you cant swing that either, just one mic is better alone than any DI alone.
#14
Quote by DisarmGoliath
That he said how can playing a guitar sound fake... using guitar pro is not playing guitar, so is irrelevant, and the same goes for MIDI-programmed guitars... as they are neither guitars or being physically played.

I was just giving an example of the SOUND. It is better than trying to describe the sound in words. I meant that in TS's problem, his recordings sound something SIMMILAR to a midi track.
#15
Check out some of these guys videos - http://www.youtube.com/user/soundpurestudios

They're really helpful in terms of miking techniques and placement etc. (and plus its just impressive the sound they achieve with no eq or nothing)

I realise they're using the best mic's on the market and some awesome guitars, but at the end of the day - you can't polish a turd.

I recommend miking up an acoustic if you want a natural sound, just hire a couple of condenser mics and see what you can come up with - experimentation is the best part!