Any recording videos created and uploaded to YouTube can be done in just a few simple steps. But to make one that captures interest can be tricky. Guitar recording is one of the trickiest things to do in the recording. The audio that the camera has captured might be bad.
However, you can still capture wide-ranging of sounds in a few basic techniques. Here are some ideas you may want to keep in mind as you go along with nylon string acoustic guitar recording. But, first, for the sake of beginners, let’s dig deep on what nylon strings really are and what makes them different from the others.
Nylon String and Steel String Differences
Nylon and steel strings are the most common type of acoustic guitar strings. Which one would you pick? Or should you pick the others?
Classical guitar is the other term for a guitar with nylon strings. When it comes to genre matters, nylon strings provide a warmer, mellower sound. Guitars like this commonly have smaller bodies. The neck is wider as well and has slotted headstocks with poles, where the strings are being wrapped around. Its nylon strings are placed on the guitar’s bridge and tied.
Nevertheless, a classical guitar may not be the best choice if you use a pick because most of them stick to fingerstyle strumming. Nylon-string guitars don’t come with pickguards. When a guitar does not have a pickguard, your thing will be damaged very quickly if you play with a pick.
Guitars that use nylon strings are great for flamenco, folk and classical music. For classical guitars, it is advisable to only use your fingers.
Guitars with steel strings suit best for rock, country, bluegrass or any type of music you may want to play. Generally, full-size string guitars have a larger body and strings. The strings are held on the guitar’s bridge in one place through the use of bridge pins.
Unlike nylon strings, steel string guitars come with a lot of pickguards. So you don’t have to worry about damaging your thing while using a pick.
Beginners may find it hard to choose which type is the easier to learn on. One thing to bear in mind is that our fingers take some time to become adjusted to guitar playing. Thus, no matter what type of strings you are playing on, you can’t get anything in a flash.
The Most Awaited Tips
Use a camera with a line in.
To make the recording simple and easy, use a camera with a line in. You can plug whatever you want such as a preamp or something with a couple of pedals or an AER amp and use directly into it. This helps a lot to save time and effort from the user’s end as this will skip you of having to edit or work on stuff later on. For YouTube, direct approach sounds so good.
Choose neural but live space.
Preferably, a place with no distinct reflections is the best. When attempting to record nylon string guitar for YouTube, consider your environment. Both string and nylon guitars work better on neutral but live space. If your instrument doesn’t sound amazing on the room’s corner, stay away from it.
Ensure the mic captured the guitar perfectly.
Since nylon strings only need to be fingerpicked, do it in a very delicate way. You may try a cardioid condenser mic to ensure that the fullness and warmth of the guitar are captured. Make sure you aim the mic to the region where the neck perfectly meets the guitar while ensuring that the mic is close enough to avoid capturing too much room ambiance.
Line up the audio.
You can use Windows movie maker to do the job. Use a webcam to record the video and then import the audio into Windows movie maker where you can slide the audio back and forth. Use the nudge feature for fine tuning until you get them lined up. By doing the recording this way, you are expected to get the audio with best quality.
Nylon guitars are said to be better when you put liberal doses of hi frequency EQ every time you do the recording. So don’t forget to consider the tough of EQ when recording. You may add a hi shelf of EQ probably around 8 kHz to boost the whole upper range of the instrument as this will help to cut the guitar, especially the dense ones, in the recording.
Recording the sound straight to disk and synchronizing the video afterward can help in getting the recording right. If your video program’s audio editing capabilities do not work that good, try to treat the audio in another program. However, video editors may not move the audio the perfect way so you may not get the perfect sync. Just make sure the audio is not moving ahead of the video or you’ll get 0-views on YouTube.