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STEREO MIC TECHNIQUES FOR ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENT

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What is stereo recording?

Stereo recording is simply using two microphones to capture a two-channel “stereo” image of the source. By panning the signals left and right, you can create a sense of space and width and depth, simply by using two microphones instead of one.

Stereo mic techniques can be applied to any acoustic instrument – drum overheads, piano, cello, upright bass, choirs. I’ve used these same stereo techniques on all these instruments. So even if you don’t record acoustic guitar, keep reading. These techniques apply to all kinds of recording situations, and it’s good to be familiar with them.

Mono recording (using only one microphone) is still very useful. There are plenty of times where I’ll simply use one microphone on acoustic guitar, especially if it’s for a bigger production where the guitar is playing a minor role. If the guitar is a big focus of the song, then I’ll probably stereo-mic it.

Check out these two articles for more on stereo vs. mono recording:

Here are 5 stereo-mic techniques I use fairly regularly. All but #4 can be applied to almost any instrument.

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