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Recording solo/acoustic on 1/28

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Recording solo/acoustic on 1/28

Postby PopTodd » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:22 pm

So, it's just gonna be me and my acoustic guitar.
I'm thinking about just sitting down in front of a few mics and busting out and mixing the 8 or 9 songs in a single session. Cutting it completely live, with no (or bare minimum) overdubs.
I think that, with the format that I've chosen, it will bring out the intimacy inherent in that kind of recording. I know that it will be more difficult to get a perfect take, but that is maybe part of the point.

What do you all think about albums like this.
I'm thinking if stuff like Springsteen's Nebraska and Syd Barrett's The Madcap Laughs. Do you prefer the intimate imperfections of those records, or would you prefer to have better, more-perfect takes of the songs?

(For the record, I AM planning of maybe overdubbing a guitar solo on one song and maybe a vocal harmony on a couple others. Oh, no pun intended there.)

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Re: Recording solo/acoustic on 1/28

Postby charvie » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:58 pm

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Re: Recording solo/acoustic on 1/28

Postby cjdenecia » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:52 am

it's really hard to say before hearing the work todd .... on the one hand, if the takes are excellent in the ways that touch the listener most and the human frailties are subtle and add personality - sure, one take honesty is pretty cool - usually. but glaring moments of crap can in fact ruin an otherwise intimate or energetic track.

I assume you wouldn't allow any glaring mistakes stand. so it might prove to be a very personalized effort.

don't get me wrong, I also really dig acoustic renditions where it's all completely perfect - no matter if it's been produced to accomplish it or not - but for that, the artist has to come across as genuine. and be the personality type for it ... just as the one take artist must seem like a good fit. and musicians who've performed their share of live gigs successfully should be right in there with the feel to do it. and that's you right?

but I think your question is rhetorical anyway, I think you're gonna do it even if everyone you ask says "don't do it".
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Re: Recording solo/acoustic on 1/28

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Re: Recording solo/acoustic on 1/28

Postby jaymz » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:35 pm

Don't do it. It will sound bad.
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Re: Recording solo/acoustic on 1/28

Postby HUD » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:40 pm

The one issue I'd have would be that the guitar and vocals would be bleeding across into each other;s channels, and not giving me the control over the individual tracks. I think it can still sound spontaneous while doing the parts separately.
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Re: Recording solo/acoustic on 1/28

Postby cjdenecia » Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:19 am

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Re: Recording solo/acoustic on 1/28

Postby KJB » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:26 pm

To me, any song is only good if you express the emotions through your voice and the guitar or other instruments provide the backdrop. You have to paint me the whole picture so I find myself in another world. It doesn't matter if its live or overdubbed, the listener has to become a part of your creation.
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