JoeHempel wrote:It's a classical guitar, if I put the mic up to the guitar, it picks up next to nothing, and when I normalize it tp -3dB, there's so much white noise it's terrible.
Yep, know all about this one. I've just done a bunch of re-recordings to get rid of hiss on my old tape recordings. Plugging a dynamic mic into my Boss Micro BR is actually good enough for the job.
If you're using a dynamic mic with something like a Portastudio, then back off the trim to just below "hiss" level, position the mic about 8 inches from the bottom of the guitar, and point it upwards towards the soundhole.
Make sure it's not pointing directly horizontally at the soundhole, that'll give you rumbles and booms on the bass notes as the sound punches the mic.
In Audacity, once you've normalised the sound, you might still need to back off the gain, maybe to -9dB, and tinker with amplification. There's a thin line between loud enough and loud enough to bring back the hiss. www.reverbnation.com/alangreen
for my current batch of cleaned-up recordings. The slightly quieter tracks were recorded with a dynamic mic into a Tascam 2488MKII 24-track, as was Ferrer's Ejercicio, but the others were belted into my Boss Micro using the same mic.