Classical Guitar - how's my tone?

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  1. Australian

    Australian Green Beret Silver Supporting Member VIP Member

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    I'm doing some test recordings on this classical guitar piece of mine. Its just a rough example-parts of it, but can you tell me how the guitar sounds? Be as honest and brutal as you like.


    A mix?


    B mix?


    C mix (the complete piece)






    Some snippets of some other Pieces I just recorded tonight: Bach/ Albeniz Piazolla Romance
     
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    dull.
     
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    Sounds fine through my phone. :yesway:
     
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    I like it, unfortunately my work computer speakers arent great but sounds good.
     
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  5. Australian

    Australian Green Beret Silver Supporting Member VIP Member

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    I've put another mix of it up. Which is better A or B? I think I like B better.
     
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    Matthews Guitars Well-Known Member

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    Sounds good to me. Nicely balanced tone.

    You should get yourself one of these.


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    Yeah B is better :yesway:
     
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    Hey Aus, it sounds cool, but I notice a bit of hiss. It isn't too overwhelming, but there is some. And on B it is accentuated a bit more (either because of compression or EQ or both).
    Having said that I also like B. Has a little more attack, and it has a little more clarity on the high-mids/top end.
     
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  9. Australian

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    Yeah -The hiss is probably from the mixer . The faders were really high because I was using SM57 &SM58 mics at a distance. But I’m going to use a couple of tube mics and that should also get rid of that
    slight harsh mid that the D string is producing.
    I was hoping to make it easy with two dynamic mics, but they didnt quite make the grade.
     
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    Australian Green Beret Silver Supporting Member VIP Member

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    Segovia is turning in his grave. :spock:
     
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    crossroadsnyc Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    It's such a beautiful piece, Aus ... honestly, I think you should refine it a bit. It's nice, but I know you can do better. What I do like, however, is the warmth ... if you can keep the warmth, but add a bit more clarity/attack, I think it would be pretty killer.
     
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    Thanks. I’ll see what I can do. The rough edges wont be on the proper recording...hopefully. :)
     
  13. Australian

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    I've recorded the complete piece ('C' in the first post), and I think this is going to be the sound of the final proper recording, but played without flubs. Is it better than the other two, sound wise?
     
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    Yeah, much better. The hiss dropped down significantly, and fuller sounding.
     
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    C is far better. The first two were somewhat distant.
     
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    I used two Rode K2 mics instead of the dynamic mics . But the Problem was, for some reason the K2 mics dont work plugged straight into the Soundcraft mixer. I had to plug them into the Audio Interface instead. But I did end up mixing down back out through the mixer.
     
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    I've just added another recording to the first post . Just some other snippets of some pieces that I play: Bach, Piazolla etc...


    Smokey, you'd be familiar with the Piazolla piece. :)
     
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    First impressions and not over-thinking anything...

    Yep, the 'C' mix from the first post is the most friendly to my ears.

    And by 'ears' I mean something like: it is compressed on the internet, hearer has average sound card and average headphones.

    The 'C' mix is:
    Warmer
    More full of tones from all over the frequency range
    It has 'space': I mean, even with earphones I feel like I'm hearing something from some distance away.

    This last thing is important. Sometimes when a person records a single instrument it sounds too close, as if it were right next to my ear.
     
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    The new medley is quite something there @Australian.

    :ot: But this is one of my favourite 'Non-Classical' classical guitar pieces.
    The tones of the three guitars may be useful if you like it.

     
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  20. Australian

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    That space is something I’ve been testing for a while, and trying to arrive at what I thought is musically listenable and sounds like my guitar does in the room. :yesway:
     

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