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Doug Pettibone – Acoustic Guitar Mic Comparisons

RECORDING ACOUSTIC GUITAR

We recently took all of our models into David Bianco’s studio – http://www.davesroom.net/ for a comprehensive audio/video session on recording acoustic guitars. We were lucky enough to catch our good friend Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, John Mayer, Marianne Faithful) in between tours and recording sessions for long enough to play his Martin D-35 for us. We recorded in mono and stereo using both cardioid and omni capsules. We love all of our mics on acoustic guitar, but this will give you a good idea of each model’s personality – plus some tips on mic placement.

Mojave microphones excel at reproducing acoustic instruments, such as acoustic guitar. While positioning the microphone in front of the sound hole may look like the obvious place, the sound can be overly boomy and lacking in the upper harmonic content that the top of the guitar generates. A great place to start is pointing the mic at the junction of the body and the neck or at the twelfth fret. Another popular spot is pointing at the bridge or slightly behind. If you are doing a track that would benefit from the spread of the guitar in stereo, using both of these positions can yield a really big sound.

MA-300 Matched Pair (cardioid) on Acoustic Guitar

 

MA-301fet Matched Pair on Acoustic Guitar

 

MA-300 (cardioid pattern with high pass filter) on Acoustic Guitar

 

MA-301fet (cardioid pattern) on Acoustic Guitar

MA-301fet (cardioid pattern with high pass filter) on Acoustic Guitar

 

MA-100 (cadioid) on Acoustic Guitar

 

MA-100 (omni capsule) on Acoustic Guitar

 

MA-100SP on Acoustic Guitar

 

MA-101fet (cardioid) on Acoustic Guitar

MA-101fet (omni capsule) on Acoustic Guitar

MA-101SP on Acoustic Guitar

 

MA-300 and 2 MA-100s on Acoustic Guitar

Charles Kahlenberg

Voiceover Artist.

Microphone Comparisons
MA-300 vs. MA-301fet Voiceover comparison

MA-200 vs. MA-201fet Voiceover comparison

Theatrical Promo

“My vendor – West LA Music in Universal City – let me use their demo model of your MA-200, and I hooked it up to my Universal Audio LA-610 Preamp. I gave this new combo a voiceover test run and gave a listen to results. I loved it’s response and clarity from the first syllable, and ordered one immediately. Mine arrived in one day and just in time for a promo job I had just booked. The client was delighted. I also sent audio (personalized) greetings to some of my other clients using the MA-200. One fired back immediately – “Awesome!”

– Charles Kahlenberg