Tracking Acoustic Guitar

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This tutorial will show you how to record an acoustic guitar.

Fab explores recording a guitarist with several cheap and less cheap microphones and compares the different positions for tone.

This video will help you form your taste and give you guidelines as to which microphones and which position to choose.

Equipment & Software
Microphones used:
  • Studio Project C4
  • Neumann 47Fet
  • Shure SM57
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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is an award-winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of

Fab has been playing, writing, producing and mixing music both live and in studios all over the world. He's worked in cities like Paris, Boston, Brussels, Stockholm, London and New York just to name a few.

He has his own studio called FLUX Studios in the East Village of New York City.

Fab has received many accolades around the world, including wins at the Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards, US independent music awards. He also has received Latin Grammy nominations and has worked on many Latin Grammy and Grammy-nominated albums.


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2021 May 23
Hi this is nice. But what about exploring other positions? I like also pointing at the two "horns" on the guitar and also to the bridge coming from the back The position from the bridge is also the most comfortable as it doesn't get in the way
Garrett Riley
2018 Dec 08
Great video, makes me want explore all the possibilities . I would love to see a sequel to this video that covers stereo recording.
Garrett Riley
2018 Dec 08
Great video, makes me want explore all the possibilities .
2017 Aug 02
Great Video. It opens my eyes a little bit more and give me something for my know how I had before. Thanks!
2016 Jun 01
I always find strummed acoustic guitar much trickier than picked guitar,strummed guitar seems to produce the unwanted boom unless the mic is placed very carefully,i would luv to see some more in-depth videos regarding recording strummed acoustic guitars
2014 Dec 31
Hi, a position I always try when I'm recording acoustic guitars is in the area between the bottom of the bridge and the back end of the guitar. I put the mike about 40-50cms away. I find I get a full sound with very low resonance and little pick noise. Sometimes, above the guitar about where the head is and between the ears. As the man says,"check it out". Cheers.
2014 Sep 30
(Cont from below...) But I love the c7fet on acoustic used much like the 47 is here
2014 Sep 30
You know, I'll be honest, I bought my U47 FET clone (Wunder C7FET) because everyone raves about using a FET 47 outside the kick. I guess it's just one of those ubiquitous mic/instrument pairings like a 57 on snare top or guitar amp, or 421s on toms (all 3 as such, being pairings I rarely employ). It may just be personal preference, or it may be that the C7FET isn't the dead ringer for the U47FET many people make it out to be, but when I stick a LDC outside the 24" kick from my studio's "house" kit, I'm almost always using a Lauten Clarion, over the C7. The clarion is much like the 47fet though
2014 Aug 10
I would know more about what u'r calling "Sweet Spot of the converters" and how do you calculate it, if you please Fab :)
2013 Jul 29
hey fab, would you recommend recording acoustic with two mics, or one is enough and if so how would u go about recording it with two mics?
2012 Nov 30
I agree with Islandcode. When you move the mic to different positions, especially farther away , what are u using to keep the signal consistent? No finger style either is an oversight. I would rather have seen with one mic and what processing techniques u use.
2012 Jan 20
I kinda like what the 57 does. Definitely sounds low-fi to me too. But it is more appropriate for what I do. Do not need all the details that a condenser would yield.
2011 Oct 12
What type of acoustic is that?
2011 Sep 01
@chimulko: I think of levels in RMS and I factor in the basic idea of how what the crest factor is. RMS levels are much more consistent than peak levels and I find them easier to wrap my mind around. The sweet spot tends to be unity on your converter. It's a good idea to find out what that is. For example a ProTools HD converter is calibrated @ -18dBFS = +4 dBu. Listening to the tone of the converter is also a good idea, although it's more subjective and indexed on your mood and exhaustion level, which may be different on the day you'll mix the song.
2011 Aug 24
the sweet spot of the converter is that RMS or peak level? how do you look for that spoot, digital harnesh ?
2011 Jun 10
Sweet replies! so cool! not only do I get to watch a top producer/engineer, but he answers ?s too! Presonus? come on, let us hear your Neve desk. :-D About the headphones, most of the time I give headphones to acoustic guitar players, they tend to player a lot softer coz the guitar is loud in their headphones. On a serious note, that afro doesn't cause comb filtering? :-D
2011 Jun 07
PS: the guitar player has no headphones because I usually only give phones to players who need to hear a click or someone else. Plus it would have ruined his phenomenal afro.
2011 Jun 07
Hi, We did not discuss the signal chain to focus on the fact that it's all about mic placement. It really is. We actually used the built-in preamps of a Presonus Firestudio Project on this video :-) Gain settings were set to hit the sweet spot of the converter as I always do (Presonus is about -16dBFSish) We are working on a tutorial to explain this exact process this month. Fingerstyle is much easier to handle than strumming me thinks. Most problems usually come from the player and the instrument. We'll add an update or a new video to the shooting cue asap. Fab
2011 Jun 06
I enjoyed this video, it was like being in the studio with a top level producer/engineer. However, I thought the coverage was kinda lacking as follows 1. signal chain of the mics not discussed. what preamp, what gain settings. Maybe you can add this info on the video description? 2. fingerstyle playing not covered. this technique is used quite often where the guitar is a featured instrument. a lot of times I battle with signal to noise ratio when recording fingerstyle - trying to bring out the detail. I wonder how you guys do it. lastly, I noticed the guitarist had no headphones on, why?