January 15, 2008 7:02 PM

A composition for acoustic guitar.

posted by edverb (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Very nice!
posted by ORthey at 8:22 PM on January 15, 2008

Wow, that is a kickass guitar recording. And the playing isn't exactly rotten either.
posted by edlundart at 10:34 PM on January 15, 2008

That's just some really sweet guitar playing. Excuse me while I go listen to it again!
posted by snsranch at 4:20 PM on January 17, 2008

Thanks all for your kind comments!

I recorded this a few years ago. The recording comprises of doubletracking the piece (played on an Ovation roundback with .09-.46 Ernie Balls on it -- actually electric strings) in back to back takes. The takes were captured in stereo with two condenser mics -- one a Rode NT1 aimed at the soundhole and the other an Audio Technica Midnight Blue hi-hat mic near the bridge -- through a BlueTube preamp.

(It's all budget stuff -- the key to getting a good sound I think is to really experiment with mic placement...I probably spent more time adjusting the mic placement and listening through headphones to find the sweet spots than I did actually recording the takes or mixing it.)

The mic layout and double tracking leads to a natural chorus effect. I wanted it to sound as naked as possible, so there's no compression or studio sweetening. If I remember correctly, there isn't even any reverb, it's just the natural room sound. The two resulting stereo tracks were panned wide, EQ'd a wee bit, then bounced and normalized.
posted by edverb at 8:03 PM on January 17, 2008

Very nice indeed.

And thanks for the background info.
posted by jan murray at 3:17 PM on January 18, 2008

As every one else already said, the recording is really good and the performance is great. I had the luck of listening to it for the first time after you explained how you did it, and I gotta say the explanation is also awesome. Congrats.
posted by micayetoca at 6:17 PM on January 18, 2008

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