Acoustic Guitar Micing Techniques (Guitar Lesson)


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Chris Liepe

Acoustic Guitar Micing Techniques

Chris Liepe teams up with Jim Deeming to present proper acoustic guitar micing techniques. Chris covers both single and dual micing placements and explains why each position is effective for certain situations.

Taught by Chris Liepe in Recording and Micing seriesLength: 20:34Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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zco2289zco2289 replied on June 4th, 2015

This was a really great lesson, but I was wondering if, maybe in the future, we could get a video of common mistakes so we can get a chance to hear the phasing issue.

juscajusca replied on March 9th, 2015

jim looks annoyed and ready to go but every so often cracks a smile. lol great lesson. I learned a lot.

BuffyLOLBuffyLOL replied on February 20th, 2014

I am recording acoustic guitar and bass. So this was really helpful. Thank you. Chris a question when recording a acoustic bass, are the rules the same, when it comes to where you put your mics? I have to record my bass again due to clipping, only the E string was clipping. Very annoying :-) Great lesson!!!!

sleeplesssleepless replied on March 7th, 2012

Very good and informative video. Good job Chris. At Jim, is there a lesson for this song, maybe in the usa its famous and ur wondering why i don´t know it but since a couple of days i´m going to work with that song in my head. :) Good job from both!

researchresearch replied on January 28th, 2012

Thanks fellas... really liked this lesson.

nicolas krakennicolas kraken replied on January 24th, 2012

Jim I know you have probably answered this more than once, but what martin guitar do you play here? it sounds so nice, all I can tell from the video (or guess) is that it seems to have mahogany sides and a spruce top...

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on January 23rd, 2012

Glad you are all enjoying this one! This lesson was really fun to make! Thanks Jim - for the GREAT playing and demonstrations!!

Tyler.RughTyler.Rugh replied on January 23rd, 2012

This has to be one of my favorite lesson series to edit!

Jim.DeemingJim.Deeming replied on January 23rd, 2012

Looks great Ty - it was fun working with you as well!

thebraverygirlthebraverygirl replied on January 22nd, 2012

Great lesson, loads of useful info. & great to hv as a reference

joe1950joe1950 replied on January 22nd, 2012

Another variable.......I kept wondering how that Gibson sitting back in the corner would sound.....

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on January 23rd, 2012

we'll be using it in some of the later lessons in the series. It's not just a prop :)

MoleMole replied on January 21st, 2012

Very informative, thanks.

allfaelligallfaellig replied on January 21st, 2012

Jim really shouldn't be talking so much... ;-)

Jim.DeemingJim.Deeming replied on January 23rd, 2012

This lesson was actually about four hours longer but they cut all my rambling dialog out.... ;)

SodaPopSodaPop replied on January 20th, 2012

"his little song" hmmmm

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on January 23rd, 2012

as we played the same section over and over again for each of the mic demonstrations, I began to think it was humorous that we never heard the whole song... It was like we were leaving everyone hanging. So, at the end of the last scene, you finally get to hear the whole thing!!

Jim.DeemingJim.Deeming replied on January 23rd, 2012

To really appreciate how awesome Chris is, you need to know how this lesson was shot. Chris and I have never worked together and he's never recorded me or this guitar. We did not rehearse and things were filmed in the order you see them. I remember wondering, when we were on about the 400th mic technique and Chris was predicting on camera what the effect would be, "What if they get this to the production studio and I've goofed it up so it doesn't sound like he says it will?" As you can see and hear, Chris knows what he's talking about!

SodaPopSodaPop replied on January 20th, 2012

That's a duo that took me by surprise! LOL

bengal33bengal33 replied on January 21st, 2012

I 2nd that!

SylviaSylvia replied on January 20th, 2012

LOL Matt. So true! I really enjoyed this lesson Chris.

mattbrownmattbrown replied on January 20th, 2012

Great lesson! You guys kind of have a Penn and Teller thing going on.

bengal33bengal33 replied on January 21st, 2012

Thank God its not an Ace and Gary like duo!!! haha

joes15joes15 replied on January 21st, 2012

That was awesome guys thanks allot !!!!

Recording and Micing

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Understanding the basics to recording and micing your guitar can help you develop as a musician. Gain a grasp on how to create your own personal studio



Lesson 1

Introduction and Getting Started

Welcome to lesson 1 of the Recording and Micing series! Here Chris provides some information essential to getting your home studio up and running.

Length: 15:50 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Setting Up Your Space

Setting up your space for optimal audio recording and play back is key to creating a successful home studio. Chris explains how to create the best possible environment in this lesson.

Length: 27:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Understanding Microphones

Chris demonstrates how microphones work and how to choose the right microphone for a specific application.

Length: 12:26 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Direct Recording

Chris explains how to successfully record through some direct recording techniques. When done correctly, you can record a clean signal from your guitar with no microphones.

Length: 8:33 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Electric Guitar / Amp Micing Techniques

Chris liepe unlocks the wonders of micing an electric guitar amplifier. He explains how to find a speaker's "sweet spot" as well as the differences in tone between various common micing techniques.

Length: 21:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Acoustic Guitar Micing Techniques

Chris Liepe teams up with Jim Deeming to present proper acoustic guitar micing techniques. Chris covers both single and dual micing placements and explains why each position is effective for certain situations.

Length: 20:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Acoustic Recording Options

With the help of Jim's playing, Chris has rigged up Jim's guitar three different ways and demonstrates the different qualities of sound you can get by recording with a direct line in, micing the amp, micing...

Length: 6:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Layering Multiple Guitar Tracks

With Jim playing 3 different sequences to overdub on top of one another, Chris will record them using 3 different micing techniques with 2 different guitars to create 1 final track.

Length: 14:07 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Effects Signal Routing

Chris takes a step back from electric and acoustic micing to demonstrate the proper way to route your effects to achieve the best possible sound.

Length: 14:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Direct Guitar Recording (Using a DAW)

Chris uses a Pro Tools session to demonstrate not only how to create a solid lead guitar sound within your home DAW, but how the basic tools and tips that he demonstrates can be applied to any software...

Length: 30:12 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Direct Guitar EQ Basics

Chris Liepe reveals the basics of how to properly understand and utilize EQ tools within a DAW to define and enrich your overall guitar sound.

Length: 40:17 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud JamPlay.com instructors.

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