I recently got around to doing something I have been meaning to try for years and got a set of acrylic nails put on my picking hand. We were out eating a lunch and a nail salon was next door, so I decided to pop in and do it. They looked at me a little weird till I explained what I wanted. Turns a few others players have come in for the same thing. I had nails put on my index, middle and ring finger. Took all of 20 min, and the nail tech was very nice about answering all my questions. Once I got home and fine tuned the shape there was not much of a learning curve. I feel my tone is thicker and warmer, though I perhaps lose a bit of brightness.
In conjunction with this I finished up five acoustic panels. They are two feet by four feet by four inches deep, and a simple wooden frame covered by speaker cloth. I used Rockwool that I got for free from a friend. Owens Corning 703 would be easier to work with, as it is more rigid. There are alot of instructions online, I used these as a rough guide.
I placed two in a V behind the mics, and scattered the other three in the corner of the room. Here are two audio samples. The first is unprocessed, on O’Carolans Welcome I raised the overall level, cut everything below 50hz, boosted the high end slightly, and added a bit of reverb. The ADK A6’s are in a spaced pair as pictured, and I am using a Presonus interface and Logic Pro.
I think O’Carolan’s Welcome is the best result I have gotten recording at home. I would like to add a bit more high end to my tone, but I think that is a matter of adjusting my attack and getting used to the acrylic nails. If nothing else I feel the panels cut down on the computer noise picked up by the mics, at least compared to previous recordings. I am really happy with them and the acrylics, look out for more recordings.