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any tips on using figure 8 pattern on acoustic guitar?
Old 13th June 2008
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Question any tips on using figure 8 pattern on acoustic guitar?


I've started a mic shoot out I will post later under seperate cover (Apex 460 Dave Thomas mod (C12) vs Pearlman TM-LE on Acoustic).

I'm trying to test a lot of things out so I'm trying cardioid, omni AND the figure-8 pattern on my Apex 460 mod which has a variable pattern selection. It even allows for "in between settings" but I'm not going there... yet.

I'm getting intruiging tones with the Figure 8 pattern on my Taylor, but have been using some very funky mic positions to get them.... I tried one position that worked and had my pick noise largely falling in the shadow of the pattern, but it was very funky (mic off axis to guitar)...



Does anyone have tips on mic positioning using figure 8 pattern on acoustics?

Old 14th June 2008
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If it works, use it. Who cares where the mic is. If it sounds good, it IS good.

Use your ears, move the mic around, when you like the sound, thats the spot.

FWIW, I use figure 8 at least 75% of the time on acoustics.
Old 14th June 2008
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I'm new to mics that have a figure-8 pattern, but one way that I've used mine is as a side mic in a mid/side pair.

Old 14th June 2008
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This might sound strange but use fig 8 on vocal and fig 8 on acoustic guitar
to have max separation, well now the strange succestion -sometimes
the guitar mic sounds good positioned "sideways" the lobes seeing the strings
both sides instead of using the front lobe only. Don´t make me draw this...

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