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Old 05-19-2017, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by YamaYairi View Post
The music is pretty but I find that rubber band sound unbearable.
Yes indeed different preferences is what makes the world go round
I've heard classical guitarist's say they find the tin can sound of steel string unlistenable.

However just about everybody hates banjo
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:21 AM
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I much prefer a mic, but I do understand that in certain situations the realities of environment might make it very difficult.
I wouldn't mind trying the new Zoom AC-2 being fed with my K&K Pure Mini transducer.

Zoom Youtube introduction:

Josh Turner discusses use:

Josh Turner demos the Zoom AC-2:

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Old 05-19-2017, 01:06 PM
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If I was jamming with mates through a PA I would be happy plugging in my Yamaha AC3M and even using a magnetic pickup as well through a separate channel.

If I wanted a good acoustic recording I would use my condenser mikes.

I saw Bob Dylan a week or so ago and one of his guitarists was playing (at times) what looked like a Gibson acoustic and it sounded pretty "quacky" to me so I guess for live work in bands people often use the pickup for convenience.
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Old 05-29-2017, 08:54 AM
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I was playing with this over the weekend, recording with a mic and a piezo pickup on separate tracks. I like it, and mixed the tracks into separate stereo channels with different EQ settings. The mic track has the string sounds and a lot more bass and treble, the pickup track is mostly pure midrange punch, so mixing them to stereo creates a cool sense of presence, almost like you're hearing two guitars, as certain sounds seem to move around left/right.
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If you check out this thread from a few days ago:

I posted a few examples of approaches I've used to make a pickup recording a bit more palatable.
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Old 05-31-2017, 07:21 AM
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You've made a great job, the tone of the guitar is well recorded and your voice fits with the song..I never paid attention to Sting lyrics(I'm not native English speaker) and I discovered his lyrics when I was listening to Eva Cassidy version of "fields of Gold"..
Now, the results is that I want to learn how to play and sing this beautiful song
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Old 05-31-2017, 07:46 PM
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I record both ways. Depends on the sound I'm going for. Michael Hedges was a good example of a player who used a blend between a mic and PU to be able to track hammers/pull-offs to great effect--while also not sounding canned. I would say that mostly I prefer the "air" that microphones add to the sound. Even with the "best" on/off-board processing, there will always be a brittleness and guitar noise that can be a challenge to control.
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Old 05-31-2017, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Johan Madsen View Post
I usually record acoustic with external mics, but have problems with recordings at my place as the room is small and not treated, plus the fact that there's much noise from the street.
LOL...If you check my post in RECORD I tracked the acoustics in an untreated converted garage...I think it came out great....I close miked it...Who knows maybe I got lucky

I do get crickets and have some dogs that left unattended may bark on my track too.

I have used the FISHMAN Aura live and gotta say, that would work quite nicely if I wasn't getting such great recordings from my new stereo tracking

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Old 06-25-2017, 01:43 PM
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Nope, never heard a pickup that sounded like a guitar - it's a mic or nothing for me.
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