1. Hi Adam,
    Your video, how to record guitar, is very helpful. I’d like to share mine using Apogee ONE mic. direct connect to garage band and the sound quality is really good too. Eventhough I use only Apogee ONE’s internal microphone. For the video, I use my Macbook’s camera with imovie. When I record it, I run both app. at the same time then import the video to garage band and do some mixing stuffs there.
    thanks anyway for your nice videos.

  2. Hi Adam !!
    I’m so jalous of your talent !! When I’m just a novice in a guitar playing you’ve got all the talent: Guitar players, video & audio engineer !!
    Why God did not balance that in a better way !!
    I’m so far to realize some records of my playing, however, I can say that your teaching video can’t be more clear than that !!
    PLease continue to educate our ears and to develop our skills as you’are doing from a long time… Definitively and absolutely fan of your talents !!

    Fantastic !!

  3. I use the Zoom H6 and Reaper to record.- little chorus and reverb. Then sony vegas to record video..Very easy setup…Heres the first one i put up… im not sure if im allowed to put link it up here but u can hear the sound and see the simple video i do…just black n white, no lights, nothing fancy at all… Guitar is a taylor..
    If i have broken any rules here Adam, remove the post..cheers and thanks for all your help. Learning from you all the time.

    • Paul WOW it sounds great. WHich mics / pickups do you use?

      You’d be amazed – get 2 video lights on Amazon, maybe a backdrop. Not expensive, and they will deliver it to your door.

      I use 3-4 softbox lights (still experimenting) and a basic black video curtain behind me.

      A little light REALLY helps video.


      • I use the fishman pickup in the Taylor and the Mic is just the one that came with zoom h6 … Lighting should be better, but that was my first video upload after doing some research etc…as always , learning all the time

  4. Back in the sixties we have been listening to the Beatles and Stones on the radio. We never saw them. Especially we, the youngsters in communsit coutries. Nevertheless even nowadays they are still the most popular bands. Think about that! Is video really nessecery?…

  5. while I really appreciate (ok envious) of your talent … I would suggest that a decent mic – like a large diaphragm Mic would make DRAMATIC improvements of the Rode mic you are using … now days there are a huge number of great mics that can be had at decent prices …. but the better the mic you have the better your results … also since you (also) a Mac user … I LOVE LOGIC … it allows you to do so much more than garage band … yes you can import everything from garage band into logic …. so I use garage band for ideas … but when I want to get serious I switch to Logic ! if you are interested in my full set up send me an email … but you can build a GREAT studio piece by piece at home that can [if you know how] that will rival the professional ones! yes really! it just takes some work! Bruce

    • Bruce – I have Logic. For steel strings, small diaphragms are very cool, I have an Oktava MK 319. All sounds are worth expermenting & checking out. Thanks for the comment. AR

  6. I guess you may be have to move mic track a bit relatively DI track. otherwise phase shift will be. it can be done by visual only. waves of both tracks should match exactly. but if all sounds great – do nothing )

  7. I joined a month or so ago. I find I get real value for my money. I was really happy to find this video , because I’m new at recording and found some real useful stuff. Thanks.

  8. BOY! Did I need that! Awesome and a million thanks! Now I can publish my stuff to YouTube and leave a 50 Year Old mark on the Earth. You are very generous to share these goodies. Good dude (and you play great). I’ll let you know when I have a few videos so you can see your teachings in full swing.
    Lot’s o’ love from the “left coast”, – Arti Funaro

  9. Adam,
    I have done a bit of recording of other people and very little recording of myself so I appreciate how you have taken the time to put this video together.

    If I may suggest: The joining of separately-recorded video and audio, which you describe as a bit of a tedious process, can be made reliably simple if you think of how ‘movie takes’ are always preceded with a clapboard (a device that, among other things, is used to produce a sharp ‘clap’ sound). The idea is to record both the audio and the video of a sharp sound being produced. So, get video and audio rolling, move in front of the camera and sharply clap your hands together. Then proceed with your recording. When you need to join the video and audio In the editing room you simply drag the audio ‘clap’ (which you will recognize as a large spike) to the exact point where your video shows your hands coming together to make the ‘clap.’


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