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The Studio SOS Book by Dave Lockwood, Hugh Robjohns, Paul White

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Chapter Eight

Acoustic Guitars

Recording acoustic guitars

After vocals, the acoustic guitar is probably the next most common musical source in the typical project studio to be recorded using a microphone. Many acoustic guitars come with a factory-fitted piezo-based undersaddle pickup and preamp, and whilst these can be effective in a live performance environment, they don’t offer anything like the same complex tonality you can achieve by miking the real thing. There are dedicated acoustic guitar preamps that use digital modelling to achieve a more realistic representation of the complete sound of the guitar, and they can work well in the context of a mix if you are in a situation where spill precludes using microphones, but where possible we’d ...

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