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Old 14th August 2019
Gear Addict

gain staging when recording one instrument with 2 microphones.

I am recording an acoustic guitar in stereo using XY technique and have a question regarding gain staging. One of the microphones is at the 12th fret pointing at the headstock while the other one is at the 12th fret pointing at the soundhole. The signals have very different SPL. Should I match the volume on my preamp so they have roughly the same volume in my DAW? If so, why? Or if not then what happens if I pan them hard left and right? one side will be much louder than the other. Is this a problem?

thanks a lot!