Post by ourclarioncall on Aug 5, 2020 16:54:16 GMT -5
I have always wanted to improve the quality of sound when recording guitar for online viewing such as YouTube
My limited knowledge says , get a valve amp and record it with one or two mics close miced , into an audio interface , into a daw ?
And then bring the audio into something like windows movie maker or iMovie for syncing with the video.
I think I read stuff about YouTube compressed videos ? I don’t know anything about all that.
I have watched many a guitar video on YouTube On my phone and some videos need headphones to really hear things properly , but every now and again there are videos that don’t need headphones , the sound quality is just excellent . What did they do differently?
Post by thetragichero on Aug 25, 2020 21:20:47 GMT -5
as the saying goes, garbage in garbage out, so the better your source recording the better the final product. i wouldn't do two mics unless you can account for phase issues. sm57 or e609 close mic is the way to go. one of those simple inferences that you know how to work is way more valuable than thousands of dollars of studio equipment that you don't. audacity is free and easy to use (in fact once i bounce to stereo in protools i open the wav in audacity to trim heads and tails and fade out. reminds me of sound forge which is where i got my start with audio on the pc). there are others that folks could chime in don't clip your signal. run it through a high pass filter to remove unnecessary low frequency content that will kill your headroom (corner frequency @ 80hz or higher... i used to use a bass preamp with high pass filter at 80hz for plugging into front of house at church. was incredible how much more i was in the mix with it on). you'll want to compress your audio at least a bit (depends on what you're playing)
I like that point you make -garbage in , garbage out, and I think that’s the essence of one of the videos I linked here where the presenter feels that the or one the best ways to get a good quality sound is to plug your guitar into a good quality DI BOX then into a good quality audio interface . In the context of using plugins and software to get guitar tones.
As far as micing valve amps I have no experience yet but from all the YouTube vids I’ve watched , using two mics appeals to me. By that I mean a close mic like a sm57 and a room mic somewhere T the back of the room. One of the videos I linked demos a variety of mics and positions alone and blended together , including the humble iPhone , which actually seems not too bad
I also liked the sound of two different mic types both close miced and tight together , and as you say watch out for phasing issues
I have been getting quite pleasing results recording a fender mustang modelling amp with my iPhone less than 6” from the grill cloth
Post by thetragichero on Aug 26, 2020 20:27:12 GMT -5
the big issue with two different mics is whether or not they'll be in phase (as the sound will not hit them at exactly the same time). you can actually make your recording sound considerably worse using two unless you account for phase differences. then there's the issue of room acoustics and whether or not they're flattering for amp sound
if you have good plugins/impulse responses that is an easy route to go (although one i am not familiar with as i am stone age man crank big guitar amp and out a mic in front of it)