I am a fingerstyle guitarist learning how to record quality sound by studying from other recordings. In this video, I am guessing the dude is recording directly from the pickup attached to his guitar and not the microphone. What do you think? Also what kind of post processing is done?

Edit: I understand the audio and video are recorded separately. I want to get deeper into the audio recording part of this shoot. Is it possible to figure out what device (pickup/microphone) is used for recording just by listening? What kind of post processing is done?

  • Wondered why the strings were oscillating wildly - it's tuned down a tone. Unless there's a mic attached to the guitar, then it's likely a pup. Were there a mic close to the guitar, his movements would show in volume differences, I think.
    – Tim
    Commented Jan 26, 2020 at 11:25

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Tried both methods myself. Pickups are good for live shows because microphones can add feedback. But if you're using headphones when you record in a studio a microphone will be a lot more quality than a pickup on an acoustic/classical guitar. People usually use a condenser mic + computer + audio interface that supplies phantom power to the mic to record instruments. Or sometimes condenser mics directly to usb (ie usb microphone). I especially like field microphones (zoom, tascam, etc) that have multiple condenser mics within them because you can bring them anywhere and they have an audio interface built in. Here's an example using a zoom h4 to record both guitar and vocals. As mentioned in the answers the video you showed was most likely recorded in the studio first.

  • As i mentioned above, I understand the audio is recorded in studio first. I want to get deeper into that audio recording part of this shot. Is it possible to figure out what device (pickup/microphone) is used for recording? What kind of post processing is done? Commented Jan 26, 2020 at 23:38
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    @LuvAgarwal I don't think there's a way to know exactly what type of mic was used. but as mentioned probably condenser. he also has delay effects and reverb going on too.
    – user34288
    Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 2:11

I think it's pretty certain he isn't recording directly at all, the video was shot to playback of a studio recording. There's reverb, delay, possibly some double-tracking... The recording could have made with a mic (or mics) or a pickup. I suspect mics.

  • I understand that video is shot separately. I am trying to understand just the audio bit of it. Commented Jan 26, 2020 at 23:30

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