Live recording acoustic 4 piece in home studio

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by Jim_Cross, May 9, 2015.

  1. Jim_Cross

    Jim_Cross Member

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    Hi guys,

    Next month I'm going to spend a day recording my acoustic 4 piece band in my home studio. The line up is:
    - Vocals + keyboard
    - 3x vocals + guitar

    My current plan is:
    - DI the keys
    - Close mic the vocals with dynamic mics
    - Close mic the guitars with condenser mics

    The choice of mics is largely driven by what we have available.

    Any tips to get the best sound for this recording - mic positioning, people positioning, anything really.
    One of my biggest concerns at the moment is possible phase issues given the amount of bleed we're likely to have
     
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    What mics do you have?
     
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    Assuming you guys balance well and have a nice sounding room, I'd use far fewer microphones. Simple is better. (I'm no pro however)
     
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    I have to echo the simpler is better sentiment. Also kind of depends on whether you're recording live or track by track. If you're doing track by track, phase issues aren't an issue.

    Just depends. One thing to consider….One day can get eaten up pretty quickly if you're chasing down gremlins instead of getting performances. Hence…simple.
     
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    If you're using cardioid mics, consider the PU patterns as the beam of a flashlight.

    Shine them on what you want to pick up, not what you don't want.

    If you keep folks in a circle, maybe 6'-8' apart, you should be able to get a clean signal on everyone.

     
  6. Jim_Cross

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    Thanks guys. We have SM58s for vocals, and SE2200s and AKG 214s for guitars.
    We definitely want to record live rather than track by track as we want it for a live video as well promo CD/mp3

    I could invest in a nice matched pair Of AKG 541s and go for a simple stereo recording. My concerns with that are a) whether the sound in the room is good enough, and b) how easy it'll be to get levels right
     
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    Two in the room is going to give you a completely different vibe/sound.

    You'd really better be able to balance yourselves, too.
     

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