Audio Technica 2020 vs 3035 for Acoustic Guitar

I have been doing more mic testing and trying to find the optimal recording setup for my studio room. I think if I just rented space at a local studio I would have another album out by now…  But I enjoy the process of learning to do it myself, and being able to record and edit without having to worry …

Home Recording Results

For the past week I was fortunate to be able to borrow two pairs of nice mics from a friend. They are Neumann KM 184’s and Gefell 300M’s. Both are small diaphram condensers and go for about $1800-$2000 a pair. I have never been able to use mics of this caliber for an extended period of time in my own …

ADK A6 vs Neumann KM 184 – Acoustic Guitar

A very nice friend of mine recently lent me a pair of his Neumann KM 184’s to play with. These mics are popular for recording acoustic fingerstyle guitar and acoustic instruments in general. They are cardioid only, low noise, and have a relatively hot output. I decided to try and do a level match test with my ADK A6. I …

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Acrylic Nails and Acoustic Treatment

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 …

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ADK A6 for Fingerstyle Guitar

I think I finally settled on a mic placement that will work for recording in my home studio. It is my pair of ADK A6 mics in “AB” placement Thanks to Doug Young for the advice on this one. AB is similar to spaced pair except both mics are on a single stereo bar and at the same height. In …

Peluso CEMC6 – Fingerstyle Guitar

Well I couldn’t resist and picked up a pair of Peluso CEMC 6 small diaphram condensors on Ebay. The last thing I probably need is more mics, but I wanted something a little different from my medium diaphram ADK A6’s. The Peluso’s are not a matched pair, but from what i read that quality control is good enough that i …

Recording Fingerstyle Guitar with the ADK A6

I have been doing more experimenting with my home recording setup, working on ironing out the little details and striving to get a better sound. My main setup has been: Pair of ADK A6 mics Presonus Studio Mobile Interface iMac and Logic Pro All affordable gear but I think it gives good bang for the buck. My main goal is …

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Guitarbench Issue 2 and New Videos

Hi Folks, Man, its been a bit since the last blog update. I apologize for that, life has been busy. I have been doing a bit of writing for some online guitar magazines, improving my home studio setup, as well as working the day job and just dealing with the regular responsibilities of life. Issue 2 of GuitarBench magazine is …

Home Recording: It Ain’t the Gear

Hi Folks, I’ll be dedicating the next couple blog posts to the improvement of my home studio. I recently got some acoustic foam corner panels, and will be putting them up tomorrow. I am curious to see how much of a difference it makes. I am borrowing these from William Bajzek while he moves. He got them from Foam By …

Microphone : Rode NT2-A

For the past few days I have been borrowing a Rode NT2-A microphone from a friend.  I am not neccessarily in the market, but its rare that one gets to demo these kind of things, especially in your own home with your own gear.  So I figured it would be a good opportunity.  The Rode is a large diaphram condensor …