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El Fortinero
post Sep 25 2011, 05:28 AM
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We were planning a gig with my band but last week the bass player broke some bones of his body in an accident ( he broke his "clavícula" (in spanish) i have no clue how to say it in english). He'll be out for 2 months. So, we had to change the plans and we agreed on doing acoustics version of ours songs.


As I never did one before i would like to know if you can give me some advices, for instance:

*I have a Fender squier acoustic guitar which cannot be plugged, should a use it with a mic pointing at it or just play and let the camera take the "air" audio?. Or maybe I should use a clean electric guitar with a small chorus or/and delay?. The bass is going to be an electric one, deffinately.
we will add a spanish guitar and some bongos.
*What about the camera? of course it is not a professional set, what should I do if the sound recording is not good enough? what can I do with the ambient noise?

or maybe we should record the song and then film the video, but I think it won't sound natural.

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Cosmin Lupu
post Sep 25 2011, 12:04 PM
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If you have the possibility of mic-ing the acoustic guitar, it would be very good! For some good acoustic effects, I would recommend the Fishman Aura!

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post Sep 25 2011, 08:13 PM
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You can use any microphone to record acoustic, best would be a condenser mic, and try to record it in a room with good warm ambience. It would be best not to use too much ambience, so a small room with curtains or lots of stuff or something like that would be cool.


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post Sep 26 2011, 04:36 AM
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i'm a bit confused, are you playing an acoustic gig and filming a video during the show? or do you wanna make a video of acoustic versions?

if you don't have budget and time, i would go with recording everything first and doing some playback to record a video, if you want it to be live, you are going to need several mics, a sort of big console to mix, multiple audio inputs on your audio card and a powerful computer to handle multi channel recording.

you could also group mics, to stereo pairs and such, but that's always bad because you are making the mix while tracking and that's almost never a good idea, unless you are a very talented producer/engenier.

so my advice is to track it everything on the studio, make it sound as live as it gets and make a nice video with multiple camera angles and all doing multiple takes.

grabbing the sound with the camera audio is never a good idea, specially if the camera is moving.


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post Sep 27 2011, 04:37 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Sep 25 2011, 08:04 AM) *
If you have the possibility of mic-ing the acoustic guitar, it would be very good! For some good acoustic effects, I would recommend the Fishman Aura!
I will try to do it Mr. Cosmin, thanks
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Sep 25 2011, 04:13 PM) *
You can use any microphone to record acoustic, best would be a condenser mic, and try to record it in a room with good warm ambience. It would be best not to use too much ambience, so a small room with curtains or lots of stuff or something like that would be cool.


thanks for the advice Ivan, we´ll do it in a small room as you suggest!

QUOTE (Adrian Figallo @ Sep 26 2011, 12:36 AM) *
i'm a bit confused, are you playing an acoustic gig and filming a video during the show? or do you wanna make a video of acoustic versions?

if you don't have budget and time, i would go with recording everything first and doing some playback to record a video, if you want it to be live, you are going to need several mics, a sort of big console to mix, multiple audio inputs on your audio card and a powerful computer to handle multi channel recording.

you could also group mics, to stereo pairs and such, but that's always bad because you are making the mix while tracking and that's almost never a good idea, unless you are a very talented producer/engenier.

so my advice is to track it everything on the studio, make it sound as live as it gets and make a nice video with multiple camera angles and all doing multiple takes.

grabbing the sound with the camera audio is never a good idea, specially if the camera is moving.


We are going to make acoustics versions of our metal songs; unfourtunately, we do not have a big equippment, so we'll try it to do it at simple as possible. My main question is about the sound, should we keep the overall sound of the camera, or we should use a mixer and then do the edition?



Thanks guys, when i have something i will post it!


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post Sep 27 2011, 05:45 AM
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QUOTE (El Fortinero @ Sep 27 2011, 12:37 AM) *
thanks for the advice Ivan, we´ll do it in a small room as you suggest!



We are going to make acoustics versions of our metal songs; unfourtunately, we do not have a big equippment, so we'll try it to do it at simple as possible. My main question is about the sound, should we keep the overall sound of the camera, or we should use a mixer and then do the edition?



Thanks guys, when i have something i will post it!



If you have a mic, a soundcard and a daw you can do it in the way suggested by Adrian. It's easier and the result will be much better. You can start recording the guitar, then the bongos and finally the voice. After that you can do a good mix and then make a playback.


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post Sep 27 2011, 07:08 AM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Sep 27 2011, 04:45 AM) *
If you have a mic, a soundcard and a daw you can do it in the way suggested by Adrian. It's easier and the result will be much better. You can start recording the guitar, then the bongos and finally the voice. After that you can do a good mix and then make a playback.


Yup! Just follow the steps Gabe described and you'll have the tracks ready wink.gif


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