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jhunger says

I spent less than 2 hours on my bestseller

Me too. Best two hours I ever spent :)

Sadly, there are tunes that I spent far longer on (and like a lot more) that barely see the light of day. Makes me think I need to bust out the old uke and a couple of beers again.

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My dilemma is that on multiple occasions somebody else has taken my track, added a voiceover or some lyrics, and then submitted it to CDBaby, which caused the 3rd Party ContentID warning for customers who have legitimately paid for my license. When this happens, it can take a long time to sort out and involves tracking down the copyright abusers, and sometimes a DMCA.

So for this reason I have started testing the Audiam service (similar to AdRev) with a few of my tracks, and will probably eventually post all my tracks, in order to avoid these situations. I resisted for a long time for precisely the reasons the OP mentioned, and I agree, it’s not a nice situation for a videographer who has paid for a license. But the way I see it is that I can tell Audiam to release a claim or whitelist a channel far quicker if the song is in my name than if somebody else has co-opted it. The last time I did this Audiam responded in minutes to clear the track.

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Hey guys. There will be a reply coming. I think the complexities of anything to do with taxes may have drawn out the October date a bit :)

If possible, can you guys split the US tax discussion and VAT discussion into separate threads when the next phase of announcements come out?

I understand that the VAT dillema is very important (a much more serious issue than the new US tax rules) but reading through 600+ replies just to “get up to speed” with everything that is going on isn’t practical. These are technically two separate issues, it will be easier to find the information we need if these topics were split into separate threads. :)
+1 Splitting up the the discussion at some point would be nice.

Yep, +1 from me too. I’m selfishly more concerned with the US tax ramifications, and it would keep the topics more focused.

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jhunger says

Any love for AKG Perception 820 ? My dealer in Perth just offered me their last model for $599 which would be a great price in Australia.

I’ve never heard it, but I guess that hasn’t stopped me from commenting before so… In that price range you could probably do a lot better. I would consider the AT 40 series (4040, 4050, 4033, 4047), or the Shure KSM32, maybe Rode K2 if you want to go with a tube mic, or I think SoundCity mentioned the Avantone CV12. There are tons more if you go to any big dealer’s site and sort by price.

I had one of the lower end Perception mics for a short time, I think maybe the 220, and disliked it – it sounded harsh and unfocused. Maybe the 820 is a big step up, but I’d do some research on gearslutz or other places before laying down any money for it, even if it’s a good deal.

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jhunger says

...from sony c800g to akg c12vr…

!!!!

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I haven’t upgraded specifically from a NT1A, but I have upgraded mics in the past and definitely there is – in general – a difference going from a low end to a mid to high end mic. I would say there are a number of mics in that range where you would hear a positive difference.

Interesting, do you use the NT1A on your acoustic guitar Joel? or something else? You have a really good sound. I have been underwhelmed by how my guitar picks up on my MXL. Just sound dull. Maybe it’s partly due to my cheap, cheap Fender Acoustic.

Well, back the main topic, I hear the SM7 is a good affordable choice. Was used in the Michael Jackson’s Thriller album :) I think it’s around 600$ or so.

I personally upgraded from a 5$ generic mic to a 200$ (overpriced and got it on sale for 50$) MXL 910. It is good for some things but just not good enough for my purposes.

No, I haven’t used the NT1A at all but only know it by reputation as a good mic for its price range. But I have gone through the process of starting with a cheaper mic/preamp combination and eventually upgrading. My biggest “aha!” moment wasn’t due to a mic, but a preamp, after upgrading from a pair of Presonus Tube Pres to the FMR RNP, and realizing that I was now able to mix acoustic tracks without creating a huge pile of over EQ’d mud.

I’m always trying different combinations of mics since I’m never quite satisfied with my guitar sound. My latest phase is stereo mics with an SDC angled toward the sound hole (almost always a Joly modded Oktava MK012) and a LDC at the other end of the guitar somewhere, which is usually the Bottle Rocket, pointed at the bridge or some other spot. I just recorded one with the LDC pointed at the edge of the guitar and really liked the way it sounded. Only recently have I started keeping a note of mics and placement, so maybe when I listen back a year from now I can reproduce certain sounds.

Anyway, the SM7 is a great mic, and is actually around $350. I bought it to use for vocals, but found that I like a brighter mic on my voice. But I use it for many other things, including percussion and sometimes even as the large diaphragm part of my guitar setup. I don’t know if I’d recommend it as an acoustic guitar mic necessarily, but I hate the way new strings sound on a guitar and the SM7 helped mellow out the clanginess.

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jhunger says

I haven’t upgraded specifically from a NT1A, but I have upgraded mics in the past and definitely there is – in general – a difference going from a low end to a mid to high end mic. I would say there are a number of mics in that range where you would hear a positive difference.

Problem is that matching a mic to a vocal is not a matter of the more expensive one wins, so it’s really hard to give any kind of advice on which to get for a specific situation. You might spring $3500 for a U87 and then find that it’s not quite suited to the voice (I had the chance to sing into one of those a while back and had that experience – wonderful and versatile mic, but just not for my voice).

That said, here are a couple things to consider:

- Blue Bottle Rocket Stage 1 – solid state mic that takes advantage of interchangeable capsules. Currently Blue is having a sale where if you buy one (which is $999 and comes with a B8 capsule) they’ll throw in a B6 capsule for free, so you kind of get two chances to get it right, and can then pick up additional capsules in the future for different flavors. I have this one with both the B8 and B6 and can vouch for is as a good mic, but I haven’t recorded female vocals with it – Blue claims the B8 is suited to female voices.

- Blue again – the Dragonfly, which I think retails also for $999 but I’ve often seen for less. Haven’t used it myself but I’ve heard it’s suited to higher voices and also interesting on acoustic guitar. Blue mics tend to be brighter so that’s why these come to mind.

- Wild card – maybe a ribbon mic like a Coles 4038: somewhat more than a grand but might add some interesting flavor. Or could be a horrible fit – who knows :)

There’s so many of them. The other thing you might try is splitting between a mid range mic and a good pre if you don’t already have one, for instance an RNP or Focusrite ISA One, and an AT 4047, or maybe a 4033 and a Cascade Fathead ribbon. Now I’m just throwing out names :) But if you spread out that 1000 on a few different flavors of pre/mic combos maybe you’d have a better chance of nailing down the right sound.

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So, big diaphragm is good for guitar?maybe Rode NT3 is good for me? but i’ m don’t want a noize on my records, because i need mic for solo acoustic guitar, and this “SHhhhhh’ makes me crazy)

Well, a LDC (large diaphragm) mic can sound good on guitar, but normally a SDC (small diaphragm) mic is considered more ideal for guitar because of its faster transient response, among other things. That’s not to say an LDC won’t work either – in fact, my favorite method currently is a SDC at the 12th fret pointing at the sound hole and an LDC around the bridge. So again, some of the SDC (or pencil) mics noted above might be a good option if you are specifically looking to record the guitar.

Also, you’ll find that mic placement is a huge factor for how it sounds recorded, whether you go LDC or SDC (or a mid size like the NT3).

I would also ask where the “SHHHHH” noise is coming from. Are you plugging in your guitar directly? Or using a really cheap microphone? Or something else? It would be a bummer to switch out your mic and not solve the noise problem.

Also, you may already know this, but all of the mics listed in this thread require phantom power in order to run. So you’ll need some sort of interface that supplies phantom power and has XLR inputs, and most likely a built in preamp.
Thank you very much!so, if i have rode NT3 mic and Steinberg ur22 can i do good guitar sound?i mean if i haven’t special mic preamp.

I’ve never used the Steinberg UR22, but it appears that it has 2 mic inputs with a built in preamp, as well as phantom power, and handles 24 bit recording, so it should work fine to plug a condenser mic into, and you won’t need a special preamp to get the level up.

I’m sure the NT3 would be okay, but it wouldn’t be my first choice in that price range for an acoustic guitar. Again, I would first consider a small diaphragm condenser like some of the others mentioned in this thread if only using it for instrument recording. If you really want to go with Rode, you could try an NT5 – last time I checked they were about $220 apiece or $430 for a matched pair.

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jhunger says

I think any small to medium sized condenser will give you a DECENT sound on acoustic guitar, preference would be to record in STEREO. Personally prefer small “pencil” condensers Oktava MK-012 or km184’s/84’s (expensive!), or even Rhode NT5’s. Of course what’s really important is the guitar+room/mic setup.

As a small aside, I have both the Oktava and a pair of KM 184s, and by far prefer the Oktava on acoustic guitars.

Never tried a KM84 though since they stopped making them – I hear they’re kind of the standard by which many other SDCs are judged. Been tempted, but $1000+ for a used mic seems kind of risky to me :)

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So, big diaphragm is good for guitar?maybe Rode NT3 is good for me? but i’ m don’t want a noize on my records, because i need mic for solo acoustic guitar, and this “SHhhhhh’ makes me crazy)

Well, a LDC (large diaphragm) mic can sound good on guitar, but normally a SDC (small diaphragm) mic is considered more ideal for guitar because of its faster transient response, among other things. That’s not to say an LDC won’t work either – in fact, my favorite method currently is a SDC at the 12th fret pointing at the sound hole and an LDC around the bridge. So again, some of the SDC (or pencil) mics noted above might be a good option if you are specifically looking to record the guitar.

Also, you’ll find that mic placement is a huge factor for how it sounds recorded, whether you go LDC or SDC (or a mid size like the NT3).

I would also ask where the “SHHHHH” noise is coming from. Are you plugging in your guitar directly? Or using a really cheap microphone? Or something else? It would be a bummer to switch out your mic and not solve the noise problem.

Also, you may already know this, but all of the mics listed in this thread require phantom power in order to run. So you’ll need some sort of interface that supplies phantom power and has XLR inputs, and most likely a built in preamp.

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