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If you are not an audiophile, skip these next two paragraphs:
Observe Rick's Cascade Fathead II (with Lundahl Transformer) ribbon microphones in an x/y arrangement. It's something different I'm trying this time around. In the past, I used my Rode NTK to capture the body of the guitar between the sound-hole and the bridge, a dynamic mike such as my Shure Beta 58 with the windscreen removed to capture the sound between the twelfth fret and the body, as well as using a direct in. You can hear something I recorded with that arrangement here. Not great, not shabby. My childish grasp at compression is likely to blame for squeezing the performance out of the thing. But hey, I'm self-taught.
For the last EP, Campfire Pop, our good friend Miles used a similar x/y pattern with two Audix ADX-51 small diaphragm condensers. Great all-around mics for a wide variety of applications. For that project we used them for the drum overheads, as well as capturing the guitars in an x/y configuration. I tried talking him into also capturing some of the guitar direct to add a little "sparkle". He didn't go for it. Which made the EP even more "Campfire-y" in my opinion. We didn't have any electric guitar. The most unnatural sound would be the Bass guitar, but Bass guitars rarely sound anything but organic.
**editor's note: the audio captured from the guitar video is not the audio from the Cascade Mics**
So we've got a few more songs on Bass to nail down, then it's on to Electric Guitar. I'm excited to record Electric, half because I haven't done it since that Jade Lea project, and also because I want to try out a few new recording techniques.
We're also scheming a few guest appearances by some other local musicians. As well as our Secret Cover!
Man. Lets hurry this thing up, so you can hear it already!
The Last Gold Leaf