Takemine 132S Electric Classical
Shure SM57 Microphone
TEAC recording console
I composed this piece at a point in my Flamenco studies where I felt I had to clear my head so to speak. I needed to unload all of these ideas and new information so that I could continue to grow.
The guitar on the recording is a Takemine 132S Electric Classical non-cutaway made around
1987. Even though these guitars are equipped with an excellent pick-up
and pre-amp it still records better with a microphone in my opinion. In
this case I used a Shure SM57, considered to be a great choice for
recording acoustic guitars. This was run through a standard mic pre-amp
of unknown make which was connected directly to a TEAC recording console
and onto analogue tape. During the process of digital mastering a bit
of reverb was added. The mic was positioned about 8 inches from the
guitar and was pointed at the neck/body joint at about a 45 degree
angle. There were two reasons for this, one, acoustic guitars don't
record well with the mic pointing straight at the soundhole, and two,
it had to be out of the way of my right hand for the strumming sections.