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Old 09-17-2009, 11:12 PM
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The MXL should be fine. You'd be amazed at how much difference a little bit of room treatment could make, or even moving to different spots in the room. A 10x12 room is exactly what most home recordists have to work with, and it has a lot to do with why the results usually sound like a home recording. Fortunately, with fairly close micing and a bit of attention to the acoustics of the room, you can get away with it for acoustic guitar. But the muddy and indistinct issue is another typical result of a non-treated room. Some online searches on room acoustics should give you lots of info. Just don't get sucked into buying lots of stuff. Experiment with what you have. Pillows, blankets, curtains, carpet. Its not ideal, but it can all make a difference if you mess with it enough. You can also try different rooms. A furnished living room is often not a terrible starting point.

Room acoustics and mic placement is 99% of the home recording puzzle. Once you get a good sound with some guitar, any guitar, you can get into whether you're looking for the subtle differences in how various tonewoods record.
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