What type of microphones work best? I have recorded this tune using three different microphone setups:
Sony PCM D-50 audio recorder
Audio Technica Pro-44 boundary microphones
AKG 414 xls
All were using cardioid capsules or set to cardioid and all were at 24 bit 48htz.
I used built in limiters on the D-50 and 414ís but as I didnít have a limiter for the pro-44 I was forced to paste 3 notes from the 414ís recording into the pro-44ís recording; where the pro-44 dropped out.
I gave all three about 4 dbís of extra headroom to avoid compression on YouTube.
All three recordings were outputted from Final Cut Express using AAC 128kbs stereo format.
I should have given the 414's a bit more gain, but in general the comparison appears to be fairly truthful. The Sony PCM D-50 was closer and you can hear this on the video (I have got into the habit of putting it close), it was about 2 foot away, the others were 5-6 foot away from the guitar.
Which microphone type do you prefer?
The AKG 414 xls's (£750 each)
The Sony PCM D50 (professional sound recorder, £500 +/-)
The Audio Technica Pro-44 Boundary microphones (under £100 each but using in-line pads £40 each).
My vote is for the Pro-44's in terms of value, also they are floor mics so no stands and no floor bounce echo. The Sony PCM wins for portability.