There are many types of microphones, but the most popular type for recording acoustic guitar is the cardioid condenser mic. Inexpensive models such as the Audio-Technica AT2020 or AT2021 start at under $100. If your budget allows, consider popular models…
Here are some tools and techniques for home recording to make your acoustic guitar sound great.
Sunnaudio preamps should especially appeal to any guitarist who wants to put together a high-quality pickup system based around a passive transducer
The Acoustic Pre delivers tone in spades without compromise
All pedals in the series mesh well together; they can be used independently and also easily integrated with an existing setup.
The ToneDexter learns how your guitar sounds through both a microphone and a pickup, and uses this information to produce a snapshot of your tone.
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Fishman raises the bar and lowers the weight with this flexible component system
This amp packs a lot of power into a small package.
Video Review: Trance Amulet M Phantom Pickup System Eliminates the Need for a Battery in Your Guitar
This pickup system has a built-in preamp that runs off phantom power, completely eliminating the need for an onboard battery
Most of the time, phantom power just does its job silently, but a bit of knowledge can help when things go wrong or when choosing the gear with which you work.
This device is rugged, relatively compact, and boasts high-quality audio.
This unit combines the sound quality of a real microphone with the total mobility of a wireless system.
This 25-pound amp delivers plenty of clean sound and volume, with a compelling array of features
This pedal allows you to restore much of what gets lost in the amplification process by twisting a single knob.
With battery or external power options, powerful software effects, and a small footprint, this amp has a lot of potential for home practice sessions, in the studio, or even for a house concert or quiet gig.
In this system, the microphone is the primary sound source for frequencies above 250 Hz while the Element undersaddle pickup handles the rest.
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The Venue combines a direct box (DI) with a powerful EQ, tuner, a volume-boost button, and a transformer–coupled output to eliminate ground loop buzz.
The unit seemingly provides everything you would ever need, but only if you can figure out which of the 14 knobs to push to operate it.
The Hill Fingerstyle-C delivers the full-bodied tone one expects from a classical guitar, with a warm resonant midrange.
The GK Pro is an upgrade of Córdoba’s popular GK Studio Gipsy Kings Signature Model
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Doug Young demonstrates how to set up your own home studio and how to use your gear to make recordings that sound great.
Most people find that microphones capture the sound of their guitar more realistically than pickups, but pickups can be effective in some recording situations.
Once you have completed a track, you’re ready to mix and get it ready for release.
It takes experience to find the right balance between obsessively fixing every little thing and letting small issues go.