FAQ: Recording Acoustic Guitar. I’m a basic guitarist and I just want to record some songs (just acoustic guitar and vocals) onto my laptop. I previously had a Cakewalk program and I simply don’t have the time (and probably the ability!) to master something like that.
I note with interest the USB microphones. If I’m just recording guitar/vocals would one mic be sensitive enough to record both or would I need 2 mics, or have to record 2 tracks?
Solution: A USB microphone would be perfect for what you want to do. They are very easy to install and set up. To find out more about this one-stop solution, do read our ultimate guide to choosing a USB Mic. You can watch videos and hear recordings made with all of them, so it should make it easy for you to choose.
If you go for one of the Condenser USB microphones, then you should find they are sensitive to pick up the guitar and vocals if positioned carefully. I’d suggest the ever-popular Blue Yeti Mic (for sale on Amazon) as you can adjust the pick-up pattern and can experiment with positioning to get the right result. It will work well with any recording software and if you want something really simple then download Audacity as it is simple to use and will produce a good result.
If you are on more of a budget then the Samson Go mic USB Microphone is also a fantastic little device, and you can again adjust the pickup pattern though obviously it won’t have quite the sensitivity of the Blue Yeti. It’s possible to use more than one mic at once but probably in the first instance see how you get on with one.