Best Mic for Acoustic Guitars

Have you just bought an acoustic guitar, and now you want to try recording professionally? It’s a myth that you can’t record perfectly without a semi-acoustic guitar. If you choose the right mic to record, you won’t even notice any difference in the recording quality. So, now the conquest is to choose the right mic. Here’s a short and simple guide to help you out choose the right mic for your acoustic guitar.

Dynamic or Condenser

Firstly, let’s start by talking about two kinds of mics. Broadly, we have two types of mics for recording purposes- Dynamic microphones & Condenser microphones. If you have a home-based recording studio or a similar small studio, we suggest getting a condenser microphone.

Yes, it is true that condenser microphones catch even the smallest sound/noise but if you install sound-absorbing panels on the walls of the studio it won’t be a big problem. But if you are looking for a mic that you can use for recording as well as for performing then you should go for a dynamic microphone as it is said that dynamic microphones are better when it comes to performing live sessions. Dynamic microphones are also said to be more durable and have a stronger build quality. 

Solely for recording purposes, we highly prefer for you to buy a condenser microphone. Condenser microphones have a more comprehensive range of frequencies and can record very high frequencies giving your recordings all the necessary details. Condenser microphones are also easy to handle and convenient to use.

USB or XLR

Talking about the cables that are provided with microphones, we can further classify them into two kinds- USB mics & XLR mics. As we said, the difference is only with the cable types. A microphone with a USB cable is convenient to use for beginners as it directly connects to your PC. But microphones with XLR cables need an interface to connect the mic with the PC. So, if you want to avoid investing in yet another device then you should consider buying a microphone with a USB cable. But if you are okay with investing in a good interface then you should surely go for an XLR cable mic. Why? Because then you can use the external studio devices as well, as the interface acts as a medium for you to connect the gears with your PC. 

If using extra studio gears isn’t your thing, then you should stick with USB microphones; they are easy and convenient to use as well. Here’s where you can find some really amazing usb microphones for singing as well as for recording acoustic guitar.

The diaphragm of the microphone:

The next decision that you have to make is whether to buy a microphone with a large diaphragm or a small one. The difference, if you are wondering, it is not just about the visuals. It comes down to the recording quality and the mic’s power and the intensity by which it catches even the most minor sounds. 

So, which one is better? It actually depends on your choice and preferences. Because both kinds of microphones have their pros and cons, it is really up to you what type you want to choose. Microphones with large diaphragms record in such a way that the sounds seem to be more warm than usual which adds a pleasant effect to whatever you record. In contrast, those with a small diaphragm are highly sensitive and record minor sounds giving extra details to your recordings. So just how we already mentioned that it completely depends on your preference whether you want your recordings to sound bright or detailed and accordingly you must choose to buy a large diaphragm mic or one with a small diaphragm.

Is a pop filter required?

Pop filters are exclusively needed when recording vocals to avoid unnecessary breaths or similar noises in our recording. As the problem of breath intake isn’t there with guitars, you won’t need a pop filter for just recording with your acoustic guitar.