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Microphone gives a really boomy distorted sounds on certain chords with an acoustic guitar

I just bought the AT2020 USB mic, and I'm having a problem with getting it to record an acoustic guitar. I'm fairly new to recording (at least to good recording), and I need some help. I've tried all sorts of distances in combination with different levels of input and none of it has seemed to work. I still get a booming noise on the low end of some chords! Can I/Should I just fix this through software, like using an EQ to get rid of it? Thanks!

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  • nicholaswils Oct 31, 2008

    Thanks robotek!

    That's exactly what I needed to know. But now my question is, if I use EQ, should I only lower the low end of those specific parts that are booming, or should I do the whole track? Because when I do the whole track just enough to get out the booming, I can't get it to sound full still. Do you know what I mean?

    I also experimented with the high pass filter in my software (I'm using Audacity right now), but same thing -- whenever I do it just enough to get any boominess out, it makes my track sound not quite full. Any suggestions on that? Thanks for your answer, and thanks in advance for further help!

    -- Nick


  • d87midnite Dec 19, 2008

    I'm having a slightly similar problem with the AT2020 USB, it always sounds muffled or like the treble is really low. I can fix this with an EQ, but this won't fix the problem for someone listening to my songs on their own computer, right? I'm also using Audacity

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Hi Nic

Thats exactly how you do it:) Some times it doesnt matter what you do, you will get strange resonances. Careful EQ is the best way to tone it down. Some guitars will present boominess on certain notes, thats just the way they are. Acoustics rely on this boominess to some degree. Good luck and happy recording. :) Happy to talk more to you about it.

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robotek

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There are a variety of ways that the G Track can be used to mic an acoustic guitar. The
microphone placement will depend on the type of instrument and what kind of sound
you’re looking to capture, for example the tonal quality you want to focus on, and how
much finger slide or pick noise you may or may not want. When miking a standard
steel string acoustic, a good place to start is with the microphone positioned pointing
towards the end of the fingerboard at a distance of about 6 inches to 2 feet away from
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For nylon string acoustic, try positioning the microphone above the bridge to emphasize
more of the attack from the sound of the finger picking, or for less, move the mic closer
to the sound hole. If you have a pair of G Tracks, try one positioned at the fingerboard
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