Category Archives: Recording

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?

Continue reading Cheap vs. Expensive: Two Ribbon Mics for Classical Guitar

But does it sound right?

I’ll have to write this up properly sometime, but it’s sunday night. I’ll just say that starting to make videos has driven home some facts that have, until now, remained in the background in my thoughts.

One is how difficult it can be to record classical guitar at home and get an acceptable sound. Another is the realization that sound really is paramount in a video like this.

Few of us have good sounding halls in our homes, I suppose. And guitar is an instrument that absolutely would need one: I guess that’s why many people who post their videos on YouTube use some sort of artificial reverb in them. The dry, unaltered sound just does not sound right. Continue reading But does it sound right?