Recording a decent acoustic guitar track is possible for pretty much anyone with a home recording studio setup. Of course, a passable recording is fine if you’re just laying down a rough demo or testing out your equipment. Otherwise, you really need to strive to get a great recording, and it is not as difficult as you might think. Since most of us do not have the funds to build a dedicated recording studio in the home, you have to look around at the rooms in your house or apartment and determine which one is the best for recording your acoustic guitar. The short answer is that it varies depending on the home.
When selecting a room in your home to record your guitar track, there are several things that you should consider. This includes:
- the shape of the room
- the size of the room
- the surface types in the room
- where you intend to sit and play and what surfaces are nearby
You really want to make attempts to control the reverb in the room where you record, which is why you see a lot of home recording studio spaces with heavy curtains and rugs. I touched on this type of soundproofing in this article.
Try to select a room without a lot of hard surfaces for good sound. Of course, there is only so much control that you’ll have over the rooms that are available to you. With that in mind, the placement of your microphone becomes very important. Play around with setting the mic up in different spots in the rooms that you are considering to see what kind of recording you get. There is never a single spot that is best as it varies depending on the setup and makeup of the recording space.
Personally, I prefer to use a smaller room and then cover the walls with thick drapes or rugs so that you get a room where you are controlling the reverb without ending up with a dead room. I also prefer carpeted rooms as it means that you don’t really need to treat the ceiling and you don’t have to worry about the reverb issues that you get with hard floors. That’s why so many recording studios have large tapestry rugs on the floors!
I will say that bass can be a problem in small rooms, so that is something to consider if you plan on recording a lot of instruments in the space that you are setting up. Of course, some well placed sound absorbers/diffusers can help eliminate that problem for you.
If you don’t mind spending a little money to turn your chosen room into the perfect acoustic guitar recording studio, then you may want to check out the info on this site. Lots of great tips there on creating the perfect sound oasis for your recordings.