Guidelines for miking an acoustic guitar with DPA Microphones.
Keywords: Guitar, acoustic guitar, microphone set-up, close-miking, instrument miking
Achieved knowledge: This article will give you some guidelines on close miking an acoustic guitar. It will discuss the best type of microphone for the job, suitable placement options and mounting tips.
Please remember, great sound is subjective and the miking methods described in this article are suggestions only. Try these methods out, but make sure to listen and choose the best solution for your specific situation.
Close miking an instrument is often considered to be a compromise to the instrument’s true acoustic sound. An instrument’s sound is usually designed to be experienced at a distance so that all the different elements of the sound are naturally blended into a perfect harmony. Yet often, mounting a microphone directly on the instrument is the most practical solution.
Finding and placing the microphone in the instrument’s sweet spot – or your preferred location, can be a challenge. Keeping it there can be even more challenging, especially if the instrument is moved. For this reason, close-miking requires a dependable mounting solution.