A Great Technique For Recording Acoustic Guitar….. An Omnidirectional Lavalier!

Eh?…..  Yes, you heard right! A high quality omnidirectional lavalier simply pinned on the performer’s chest about 3 inches above the top edge of the guitar produces excellent results.

Lavalier Micing Acoustic Guitar

  • Because the microphone capsule is so small it has an excellent transient response and is capable of reproducing fine detail.
  • The mic has a very wide flat frequency response covering the full range of the instrument.
  • Being omnidirectional it has no proximity effect and therefore there is none of the boominess often associated with acoustic guitars.
  • No mic stand needed.
  • Allows the player freedom of movement.
  • Positioned above the guitar it reproduces the instrument from the same perspective as it is heard by the performer.  (When recording from the front, some performers will claim that the playback doesn’t sound like their guitar.( Arrrgh!!) This is because they never normally hear it from the front! So this method may cut down such studio arguments!………. ok that’s a bit of a long shot!)

     Here is a short clip of 12 string acoustic guitar recorded using            the HMN Sound MicroLav  (As pictured above)

What About Live?                                                                                                        I have even used this method in theatre shows with solo artists to reinforce vocals and guitar at the same time! The balance is achieved by moving the mic up or down the performer’s shirt! Members of the audience and other technicians  have often commented on how good the guitar sounds, not realising that it isn’t separately DI’d !                                                                                                             (N.B. Being an omni, there are however some limitations on gain before feedback. So maybe don’t try this if you are looking to take the back wall out of the place!)

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3 responses to “A Great Technique For Recording Acoustic Guitar….. An Omnidirectional Lavalier!

  1. Hi Martin! I use lavaliers to record and mix unplugged performances for the german online music television called tape.tv. For example, this one:

    http://www.tape.tv/me-and-my-drummer/videos/heavy-weight-live-bei-tape-dot-tv

    The drummer is wearing one DPA4061 on his chest, and the singer on her right shoulder. (There are also a pair of NT5 as ambience – not in the picture, a Beta 91 inside the base drum, and two DIs for the keyboard.) This technique gives a very natural sound, if the microphones are placed properly. But also, it could be a horror matching mice phases, especially when the musicians are passionate performers 😉

    Here are a couple of other performances I recorded this way:

    http://simongordeev.de/clients/tape-tv/

    Greetings from Berlin

    Simon

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    • Hi Simon,
      Good to hear from you, and interesting that you are using lavaliers to record in this way. I particularly like the notion of pinning a lavalier on the drummer. I imagine that works well. Unfortunately at present I am getting a screen message to say that ‘This video is not yet available in your country’ 😦
      I have subscribed to the waiting list and will take a listen just as soon as tape.tv. becomes available here in the UK..
      All the Best
      Martin

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  2. Oh, I wasn’t aware of that, it’s a pity… 😦

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