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Recording the acoustic guitar and stereo can very satisfying in ear candy in a mix, providing a lush deep sound field. By placing a pair of cardioid microphones at an angle to each other, and as close as possible without the tips touching, a very realistic stereo image of the guitar can be captured. With the X-Y technique, each of the two microphones captures sound directly in front of it. If positioned near the sound hole, one will the neck and one will capture the body depending on where the mics are positioned. This produces a very nice, clear, focused, tight image without lot of the sound of the room.
(music playing) Be sure to set your preamp controls so the mics are at same level which, will create the most balanced recording. Start with the array about two feet away, then move it backwards or forwards for more or less ambience.
(music playing) To sum it all up, recording the acoustic guitar in stereo provides a sense of depth that you can't get any other way. The easiest way is with the stereo mic but another way is with an identical pair of mics configured in an X-Y array. (music playing)
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