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This is part 2 of a series I’m doing on getting a great recording and mix of an acoustic-style song.

This week I recorded the guitar parts.

I think recording acoustic guitars comes down to two things.

(Honestly, I think recording ANYTHING comes down to these two things, don’t don’t ignore this if you don’t record acoustic guitar very much.)

The first thing? Mic placement.

That’s a given, right?

Too many people slap a mic up and take a quick listen.

“Sounds fine to me,” they say, and they start recording.

Slow down, Maurice.

First of all, if you’re making your decisions while listening on headphones, there might be some serious issues that you can’t even hear. Plus, if you put in just a few more minutes of work, you could potentially go from a “fine” recording to a really great recording.

The second key to recording guitars?

Record the right PARTS.

It doesn’t matter if you use the best mic placement in the history of mankind. If you don’t record the right parts, it’ll all sound like a big wall of bleh.

Experiment. Record with purpose. And lay down the right parts.

It’ll make mixing a breeze.

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Joe Gilder
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