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I am looking to record good quality sounding acoustic guitar. I currently am using an electric acoustic. I also have a focusrite 2i2 audio interface. I have 2 electric guitars, which is what I usually use for playing and recording through my audio interface, however I only recently picked up an electric acoustic, which I am having great fun with. I currently plug my acoustic guitar and a set of headphones to my 2i2, I have okay quality headphones, but the recorded sound doesn't sound as good as I would like it.

I am looking to start recording some acoustic guitar properly and I see a lot of people use Condenser microphones with an acoustic guitar.

What I was wondering was, what is the sound difference between recording through an audio interface, and recording through a a microphone for acoustic. Do you usually get better quality using the microphone option? I was thinking of buying this microphone

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Audio-Technica-AT2020-Cardioid-Condenser-Microphone/dp/B000RE3E8O

Or if anyone has any tips with recording acoustic, that would be useful

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Both. Guitar > mic > focusrite –  Ivan Ivković Mar 14 at 21:51

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I would definitely suggest recording the acoustic guitar with microphones. Focusrite makes excellent audio interfaces and you can get some great recordings with it. However, I would suggest getting a better microphone, as well as getting more than 1 microphone.

Acoustic guitars sound fuller and more authentic when you record its sound with 2 microphones. When you record it with 2 microphones you can position them at different places and pick up more of its sounds from different angles. I position the mics with one near the sound hole, and another pointing towards the frets.

Good microphones for recording acoustic guitars are the Rode Nt5 pair

http://www.amazon.co.uk/RODE-NT5-MP-Rode-pair/dp/B0002PZ01C/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394801545&sr=8-2&keywords=rode+nt5

If you want to take the using only 1 condenser mic route, which I would advise against then invest in a higher quality microphone. Condenser mics are one of those things that the higher you go up in price, the better the quality you get. A good mic makes all the difference in a recording. Hope this helps and good luck. Miktek makes some excellent condenser mics, but they're expensive.

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I have to consider how much I want to spend I guess, but if I chose to go for just one microphone option, what kind would you recommend? –  AdamM Mar 14 at 13:48
    
Also one mic seems can sound pretty awesome, example youtube.com/watch?v=utf5aGf-VtQ, skip to 1:17, he is using the mic I linked above, added some reverb of course, but seems to sound pretty good to me –  AdamM Mar 14 at 13:49

I highly recommend the Audio-Technica Cardioid Condenser AT-2020 USB Microphone. In my opinion, it will be the best bang for your buck. I think that plugging the mic directly through USB is better than connecting the microphone to an audio interface and then to a USB port.

It is versatile and portable. I use it to record acoustic guitar, and vocals. I also plug it into my tablet to record rock band practices. The recordings that I obtain from this usb condenser mic is nice and crisp.

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Directly plugging in the guitar will give you the advantage of dialling the tone through the guitar eq. The recording will only pick up what sounds the guitar makes.

Using a mic will give a more ambient sound, as it'll pick up the room sound too. In a good acoustic room this will be better. However, if you kick something, cough, etc. it will record that as well.The proximity of the mic to the guitar will also have an effect on the sound quality, which you cannot affect if you d.i.

You need to try each, and listen to the results. Either could be better, depending on the above factors.

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I would be recording in my bedroom, I live in uni apartment, no where else I can really record. So you think audio interface would be better in this case? –  AdamM Mar 14 at 13:42
    
Although even in bedroom, would microphone still not sound better than just through audio interface? –  AdamM Mar 14 at 13:57
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Mic will generally give better results, but there may be extraneous noises picked up. –  Tim Mar 14 at 17:48

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