Category Archives: Gear reviews

Cheap vs. Expensive: Two Ribbon Mics for Classical Guitar

Adventures in Microphone Land, Part II

This article continues the story of my pursuit of the best possible sound that can be achieved in recording classical guitar at home. Like the last time, I’ve also made a comparison video.

Quick recap: In the first part of the story, Microphones for Guitar (link), I compared different types of microphones ranging from several condenser mics to an active ribbon microphone. I arrived at the conclusion that a ribbon mic was clearly the best for my purposes, and very probably worth looking into, if you’re recording your classical guitar at home. You should check that first article out, if you haven’t already—at least see the videos!

But there were some questions left over for this second part:

  • As good as my sE Electronics VR2 Voodoo ribbon microphone is, maybe there is something better for me out there?
  • Is quality dependent on price in ribbon microphones? Can a relatively cheap ribbon mic be any good?
  • How could I gain the ability to record in stereo—I was not ready to pay the new asking price for another sE VR2 (900€) just to be able to record in stereo.

Maybe I could get another, cheaper ribbon microphone to complement the one I already had?

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Microphones for guitar – video & review

Microphones for guitarists

In this article, I compare several typical examples of the kind of microphones that guitarists use to record classical or acoustic guitars:

  • sE Electronics VR2 Voodoo, an active ribbon microphone
  • Beyerdynamic MC930, a high quality small diaphragm condenser microphone
  • AKG C1000s, a popular, affordable small diaphragm condenser microphone
  • Olympus LS-11, a handheld stereo PCM recorder
  • And, just for comparison, the built-in microphone in my Nikon D800 camera

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Review: K&M Tablet holders

König & Meyer KM19740 KM19024 front small
König & Meyer KM19740 KM19024 tablet holders

Tablet holders – why?

Recently, I’ve been transitioning from paper to electronic sheet music.

The compositions on this site are obviously electronic PDFs, and I of course use them when I shoot videos for YouTube, but that’s not all. It’s also very handy to have all my teaching material available to me all the time on my tablet, wherever I am. For example, when a guitar student forgets to bring his or her sheet music to a lesson (not an uncommon occurrence), that doesn’t cause a problem. The lesson can go on normally, because I’ve got the necessary sheet music with me.

The most natural way to read PDF sheet music is a tablet computer, and so I need to have a device to hold my tablet. Fortunately, many others have adapted to this new technology before me, and there are many kinds of tablet holders available for me to choose from. Continue reading Review: K&M Tablet holders