decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars



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decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars

Postby Errant Tiger » Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:45 pm

Can anyone recommend one? Thanks in advance.
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Re: decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars

Postby DRodriguez » Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:05 pm

Take a look for used rode stuff like the NT1.

Cascade Audio FAT HEAD BE ribbon mic for some character $170 new

SM57's also work. Lots of things do well actually.

I make some mics sometimes.
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Re: decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars

Postby Errant Tiger » Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:03 pm

Thanks! I’ve never heard anything good about SM57s and acoustic guitars. Maybe I’m doing it wrong, though. I’ll check these out...
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Re: decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars

Postby DRodriguez » Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:09 pm

I mean, they won't instantly sound great. But definitely usable. Especially in a mix. Do some eq, tame it a bit and your set. The best mic for the job is always what's at hand
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Re: decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars

Postby Errant Tiger » Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:53 pm

DRodriguez wrote:I mean, they won't instantly sound great. But definitely usable. Especially in a mix. Do some eq, tame it a bit and your set. The best mic for the job is always what's at hand


Mostly I want to get good recordings of solo guitar (I should've said), but thanks!
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Re: decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars

Postby crochambeau » Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:02 pm

What's your budget/preamp situation?

My shoot from the hip response for an acoustic would be a large diaphragm condenser microphone, but then you're faced with phantom power needs/etc.

I say that with a big gaping hole regarding ribbon experience though, some day, some day..

On the budget is roughly what a meal will cost front I'd say DIY an omni electret per the tape op or other article, that'll put you on par with hand-held field recorders.
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Re: decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars

Postby DRodriguez » Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:52 pm

Try the Cascade Audio FAT HEAD BE ribbon mic. Best budget ribbon mic and cheaper than most LDC of similar quality.
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Re: decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars

Postby Errant Tiger » Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:55 pm

crochambeau wrote:What's your budget/preamp situation?

My shoot from the hip response for an acoustic would be a large diaphragm condenser microphone, but then you're faced with phantom power needs/etc.

I say that with a big gaping hole regarding ribbon experience though, some day, some day..

On the budget is roughly what a meal will cost front I'd say DIY an omni electret per the tape op or other article, that'll put you on par with hand-held field recorders.


As far under $200 as possible. I'm recording into Garageband using a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.
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Re: decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars

Postby Errant Tiger » Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:55 pm

DRodriguez wrote:Try the Cascade Audio FAT HEAD BE ribbon mic. Best budget ribbon mic and cheaper than most LDC of similar quality.


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Re: decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars

Postby coldbrightsunlight » Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:30 pm

Out of any mic I've personally tried I get the best results with a fat head. But as drod says a SM57 will do the job as will most stuff depending on your exact goal.

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Re: decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars

Postby ognoy » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:58 am

Electro-Voice 635A/PL5(same mic, different names).
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Re: decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars

Postby ummohyeah » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:35 pm

I know you said under $200.. for $200 new you can get a matched pair of Rode M5s, these would be wonderful for mic'ing an acoustic guitar.
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Re: decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars

Postby MechaGodzilla » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:10 pm

I want to get a beta sm58 for home demo recordings coz my 609 needs the gain cranked to pick up much acoustic
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Re: decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars

Postby qersty » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:56 am

sE makes some nice condensers and I got pretty nice results recording acoustic with it
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Re: decent cheapish mic for recording acoustic guitars

Postby sears » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:00 pm

Is it for solo acoustic or for fitting into a band mix? Do you have a good sounding room with high ceilings? An omni mic sounds awesome but picks up a lot of room noise. Same thing with condensors. Is there a dynamic that gives you a minimum of proximity effect? Can you get an EV RE10 or RE15 for less than $200 anymore?
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