Help Choosing Mic for Acoustic Guitar

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by maxcohen, May 17, 2011.

  1. maxcohen

    maxcohen Active Member

    May 17, 2011
    I'm looking to two-mic record an acoustic guitar. I've found a local company who will hire out microphones but I'm out of my depth when it comes to choosing from their list... If anyone with the knowledge can have a look at the hire list below and let me have some thoughts on choice and application it would be greatly appreciated...

    Mike Hire ListAccusound ACCB-2 Double Bass Combined System
    AKG C414B-XLS Studio Large Diaphragm Condenser KIT
    AKG C420L Headset Microphone - Fohhn FP
    AKG C-451EB Mic Pre Amp for CK Capsules
    AKG C-747 Hypercardioid Pencil Mic + Accessories
    AKG C921 Condenser Hanging Microphones
    AKG CK1 Cardioid Capsule
    AKG CK3 Hypercardioid Capsule
    AKG CK8 Short Gun Capsule
    AKG CK97 Lavalier Microphone - Fohhn FP
    Audio Technica A-T877 Shotgun Microphone
    Audio Technica AT4033 Large Diaphragm Condenser
    Audio Technica AT4041 Cardioid Microphone
    Audio Technica AT835B Line + Gradient Mic Audio Technica ATM75 Headset Mic (Microdot)
    Audio Technica ATM87R Boundry Microphone & Cable
    Audio Technica PRO35X Miniature Condenser Mic.
    Crown PCC-160 Plate Mic & Cable
    DPA 4007 Omni Directional Condenser Microphone
    DPA 4060 Lavaliere Microphone (Black) Mini Jack
    DPA 4061 Lavaliere Microphone (Black) 3 Pin Lemo
    DPA 4061 Lavaliere Microphone (Black) Mini Jack
    DPA 4061 Lavaliere Microphone (Flesh) 3 Pin Lemo
    DPA 4066 Headset Microphone (Black) 3 Pin Lemo
    DPA 4066 Headset Microphone (Flesh) 3 Pin Lemo
    Sennheiser e664 Cardioid Condenser MicrophoneSennheiser e865 Condenser Microphone
    Sennheiser HSP4 EW3 Cardioid Headset Mic Mini Jack
    Sennheiser K6/ME66 Short Gun Kit
    Sennheiser ME-2 Omni Lavaliere - Mini Jack
    Sennheiser ME-3-N Headset Microphone - 3 Pin Lemo
    Sennheiser ME-3-N Headset Microphone - Mini Jack
    Sennheiser MKE 212 Boundry Microphone
    Sennheiser MKE-10 with MS10T Power Module
    Sennheiser MKE-2 Black - 3 Pin Lemo
    Sennheiser MKE-2 Black - Mini Jack
    Sennheiser MKE-2-4 Platinum Black - 3 Pin Lemo
    Sennheiser MKE-2-4 Platinum Flesh - 3 Pin Lemo
    Sennheiser MKH-20 Omni Condenser
    Sennheiser MKH-40 Cardioid Condenser
    Sennheiser MKH-406T Cardioid Condenser
    Sennheiser MKH-416P Short Gun Condenser
    Sennheiser MKH-416T Short Gun Condenser
    Shure BETA 87A Super Cardioid Condenser
    Shure BETA 91 Condenser Plate Microphone
    Shure BETA 98D/S Condenser Drum Microphone Kit
    Shure BETA 98S Miniature Condenser Mic
    Shure MX202/R183B Omni Hanging Microphone
    Shure SM85 Cardioid Condenser Vocal
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    You could get that list down to around half a dozen by deleting the lavalier, headset, shotgun, miniature, drum, boundary and any other non-mic bits of hardware, but you will need to tell us a bit more than just a list of mics.

    So, for example, this is a steel-string guitar, right? What type of acoustic environment will it be in? Is the recording in a studio or part of a live performance? Is this solo guitar playing or are there other instruments or vocals as well, either playing at the same time or will be added to the mix?

    Where does the "two-mic" bit come from? Do you mean stereo mics or close mic plus room acoustic?

    What type of pre-amplifiers are you going to use? What type of recorder or computer interface do you have?

    What sort of hire place is this that doesn't have a Shure SM57 on its mic list?
  3. Davedog

    Davedog Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    This list looks like it specializes in staging performance, movie sets, theater, etc. Theres not a lot of real actual studio mics though there are several that will do a great job. The brand names are the right ones, its just that the models of what you really want for your project are limited.

    Answer the questions that Bos asked and then we can better assess your needs.

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