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Old 01-22-2012, 09:10 PM
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Stereo miking technique

Hello! So I am trying to figure out my stereo miking setup for recording acoustic guitar. I have run into a few problems and feeling much like a noob at the moment >.> Please help a noob?

I'm trying to follow this guide that theshaggyfreak kindly showed me (thanks Shaggy!):

With some finagling, I managed to get the XY coincident pair working:

It was hard to get the microphones placed exactly though, because I had to move the whole microphone stand for every little adjustment, and then every time I'd place it back down on the carpet, I wouldn't know exactly how it was going to tilt, so I didn't have a high degree of precision. Somewhat frustrating.

Then I wanted to try the near-coincident pair (with the mikes facing away from each other):

But I couldn't get them any closer than that. The guide recommends roughly 7" apart, the closest I could get was about a foot, due to the size of the bases of the mic stands. I am thinking maybe I should try a tripod base microphone stand rather than the heavy round base?

I also tried this thing:

Where you can stick up to 3 stand clips onto one thingy and then stick that on the microphone stand (but really who's going to put 3 mics so close together)? I don't like this thing because you can't adjust the distance between the mics and also it's a piece of crap.

The other problem I found is that I want to angle the mics so that they're on the same level as the fretboard. And maybe I shouldn't be doing this, and I am just too used to miking with one microphone instead of the pair. But anyway, I found that the mic stands don't allow the mics tolow enough, so it's hard for the guitar to get close enough to the mics, unless I use this stool which I got for guitar but found is too high for me to comfortably rest my feet on the ground and feel balanced:

I feel very much that I somehow do not have the proper tools to achieve what I'm trying to do here, and honestly, I can't remember what we used when I took sound recording at university 10 years ago. Thus, I am feeling much like a sad noob.

To summarize: What equipment would you use to get a stereo pair of mikes close enough together and at the proper angle, etc.? Also, to get them to the right height for playing acoustic guitar while sitting down. Also, I need a shorter guitar stool (but I think I can handle at least that).

Please help a noob. Thanks ^_^
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:45 AM
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Get mic stands with boom arms.
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:07 PM
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ahaha, thank you. Now I feel really dumb because I do have a mic stand with a boom arm, I just didn't think that would be a good solution for some reason. Now it seems obvious that would solve all of the problems. Thank you thank you!
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:32 AM
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Also you can adjust how close the microphones are together on that stereo bar, you just push them backwards and forwards within their individual clips so they are being gripped at the front or the back.

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