The Magic Microphone – Best Microphone Ever
Every Recording Engineer and Producer has only one goal: To record and produce the most original and realest sound from the music instrument and to be natural to the audience (especially for acoustic songs and players.)
As Recording and Audio Engineer, but also as guitar player I was asking one question all the time: Why the vocal sounds always so close to the original, and my guitar sounds different from the real acoustic sound that I hear?
I was looking for the best microphone and the best microphone positioning to achieve this real sound, and I found very interesting recording method for every acoustic instrument, a trick that will make the sound as real as possible.
Good microphone on bad position is bad microphone. Bad microphone well positioned can be the best microphone.
I have named this method “The Magic Microphone.”
I will explain this method with acoustic guitar recording and you should try it.
Usually I record acoustic guitar with one large diaphragm condenser mic and one small diaphragm condenser mic in combination. Positioning is different always for different guitar role and desired sound. This combination is awesome, sounds full, you have definition, body and everything. But as guitarist, I lack the sound that I hear and enjoyed when I play. It was not real enough for me. And one day, one saying for room mic recording came to me:
The position of the room mike should be as the position of the ears, and the pointing of the mike as the eyes of the player or the listener.
Immediately I’ve tried this method used for drum room mic. I add one large diaphragm condenser mic positioned right next to my head pointed downward to the guitar and the signal of this mic I’ve blended it with the other regular mic setting. You can tilt the mic 90 degrees and adjust polar pattern setting to figure 8. The result was awesome. The guitar became vivid, and real, with that warm low end and with gentle high end.
This is not a regular room mic, this catches a lot of the real tone, it is not only room sound. After that I have tried this method with drum recording, piano recording even with violin recording.
Try this method. It will open new fields of sound in your recordings. You can also try it from the listener sweet spot position, it sounds good, but for me as guitar, piano or drum player, I would always prefer the player position of the mic. I am preparing video presentation for this method also.
There are many rules for recording. But rules are starting and secure point, rules are guide line but not the finish. As the experience is growing, the gear, the possibilities are growing, we should grow also in trying and experimenting. We should be happy with our work, what if the all the methods are ok, and you are not happy with the sound of your recording. Try, experiment, make mistakes, but always walk the way of progress.