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Old 06-17-2024, 03:37 PM
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I was just exploring products and I came across the akg lyra mic. It has some interesting attributes for acoustic guitar.

Anyone used one ?

It has 4 capsules and can record front and back and stereo and wide stereo patterns. Perfect for singing and playing simultaneously, or recording the guitar in stereo but just using one mic source. It has 192/24bit. And it's inexpensive. I saw it here.....https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/ch...s-for-singing/
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Old 06-17-2024, 09:29 PM
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and this ....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTEVuKjM3sA

and this guy tests an acoustic ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pPNGpSXG7g
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Yes. I bit about a year ago.

I wanted a simple way to get field recordings of me and my purely acoustic guitar. Seemed to fit the bill. Can leave recorders and interfaces at home…but do need to tote laptop.

It works really well, although Im not qualified to comment on the stereo functionality. I dont use it much anymore, but only because I dont like toting a $3000 laptop outside and on my gator. It sits on my desk next to laptop for quick captures. I just personally prefer my zoom R4 and a mic better.
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Old 06-18-2024, 11:56 AM
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Yes. I bit about a year ago.

I wanted a simple way to get field recordings of me and my purely acoustic guitar. Seemed to fit the bill. Can leave recorders and interfaces at home…but do need to tote laptop.

It works really well, although Im not qualified to comment on the stereo functionality. I dont use it much anymore, but only because I dont like toting a $3000 laptop outside and on my gator. It sits on my desk next to laptop for quick captures. I just personally prefer my zoom R4 and a mic better.
actually that's one of many uses this could pertain...'cept substitute ipad for $3000 laptop. I see them both on a stand with the akg short boomed overhead between the player and the guitar. Pretty intimate. Pretty portable.
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I used one to record a single video when I was selling an octave mandolin - it seemed to work OK, far better than a phone/laptop or a jabra teleconferencing puck.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAkPtYPrP6s
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv3fsqa7o-s

this guy has alot of info
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I have one. I bought it to connect directly to my android phone. Very happy with it, the stereo part works really well when it's placed in front of a guitar.
If I may be seriously picky I'll say that I think it is totally very slightly biased towards the human voice, rather than a flat response.
Nonetheless a thoroughly useable tool for very little outlay.
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I have one. I bought it to connect directly to my android phone.
I've been trying to figure out how to get decent audio when shooting videos on my android....

Are you using it just for audio, or does it automatically provide the audio track for a video on your android?

Are you using a USB to TRRS converter cable plugged into the android headphone jack?

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Old 06-18-2024, 06:08 PM
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I bought one of these AKG Lyra's four years ago for my gf to use when teaching her zoom music classes. The reason I settled on the Lyra was that it was super easy for her to use and it had separate mic volume and headphone volume knobs and acted as its own recording interface.

It was absolutely great for that purpose and her students at CSUN always commented on how great it sounded coming out at their end. However, I did hook it up to one of my MacBook Pro's at home and tried recording guitar on it and I just found it lacking. Yeah, it works, but I didn't think it sounded anywhere near the AT's and Lauten Audio's we're using at the photo studio.

So, yes, it'll work, but you might not be super happy with the results.

And one more thing. That mic comes with its own table stand which I thought would have been perfect for the zoom sessions but that little table stand acted like a giant amplifier and magnified every sound in the house including things like the washer in the garage that you could barely hear but came blasting through. Immediately put it on a mic stand and then it acted like a regular mic again.
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Any tie breakers out there. Sasq...I think everyone knew it didn't sound as good as a lauten. But it's an ambidextrous little piece of metal. And most musicians would float that metal on a boom or stand anyway. It's definitely a candidate for some interesting experiments....esp recording live to a daw on an ipad, which would seem to be one thing it's made for. thanks always for your inputs.
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Any tie breakers out there. Sasq...I think everyone knew it didn't sound as good as a lauten. But it's an ambidextrous little piece of metal. And most musicians would float that metal on a boom or stand anyway. It's definitely a candidate for some interesting experiments....esp recording live to a daw on an ipad, which would seem to be one thing it's made for. thanks always for your inputs.
And I wasn't expecting that either, but think about it, you get four capsules for under a hundred bucks, and that was my biggest fear when I got it, but for our intended use it was great. I'm sure it's more than fine for sketches and ideas and super easy to use.
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I've been trying to figure out how to get decent audio when shooting videos on my android....

Are you using it just for audio, or does it automatically provide the audio track for a video on your android?

Are you using a USB to TRRS converter cable plugged into the android headphone jack?

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Just for audio, sorry, can't comment on video situation.
I have used it into the headphones jack but it's much better plugged into the USBC on the phone.
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I've been trying to figure out how to get decent audio when shooting videos on my android....

Are you using it just for audio, or does it automatically provide the audio track for a video on your android?

Are you using a USB to TRRS converter cable plugged into the android headphone jack?

Thanks!
androids have usb. why would you need to go analog ? it should work fine for capturing soundtracks.
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And if you use the headphones socket I don't think you can utilise the stereo side of things.
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I have been using one for my youtube videos for about the last 2 years, so all recent videos on my youtube channel use it, in stereo. It is an excellent mic, with a reasonably realistic sound. I plug it straight into a Mac and record in either imovie, or I use my iphone and record in Logic Prox and sync the two together. I would say its not as accurate as a pair of nice SDCs, my guitars having a slightly plasticy sound. Think of a sound nearer to a pair of AKG 1000s than a pair of Neuman K184s

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