Alright, inspired by @DavidP’s request to share more of my process, here is a “little” rundown of my setup for the interested:
This is from the player’s perspective:
The softbox as the main front light from the front left.
Close up of Softbox
An old bedside lamp with a cloth over the front as additional light from the front right.
Close up of 2nd front light
Still have the normal overhead lamp on (I feel there’s never enough light when recording).
iPhone on a stand with a ready power cord (you never want to lose power while recording) transmits picture to an Apple-TV to check framing.
Close up of phone stand with a mirror behind it (it's slanted so I can see what I'm doing without taking it out of position)
Shure SM 58 dynamic vocal mic, coming from the top left seems to obstruct the body and guitar the least so far.
Trying to position the vertical rod of the stand out of the side of the frame.
Superlux D10B dynamic instrument mic clamped to the stand with a fixture it came delivered with.
It’s directed to the 12th fret
Audio Technica AT2020 condenser mic, on a mic arm connected to shelf, set to face bridge at bridge height
Close up of AT2020 (I added a tape marking to better see where it's exactly facing
I try to have the instrument microphones just below the camera frame cutoff now. When getting close and cutting off my legs in the videoframe it’s doable while still roughly getting the desired recording triangle distance.
As suggested in Technique 1 of this article: Stereo Miking Techniques For Recording Acoustic Guitar
When using this technique, remember to follow the “Rule of 3:1,” where the distance between the two mics is at least three times the distance between each mic and the acoustic guitar… This will help keep phase cancellations to a minimum and provide a smoother sound that will translate well to mono should you decide to do that later.
All the lamps and the monitoring stuff is connected to a power hub to not have to turn off each thing separately
Close up of UMC 404 interface with headphone distributor, control iPad on a laptop stand with an arm attached to the table with a workstation
Having that movable laptop stand on an arm I can gainstage the interface and start and stop recording over the “DAW Control” app on the iPad without reaching far back to the mouse and keyboard.
The little black thing on top of the iPad is a remote that came with a cheap tripod for the phone to start the video recording.
I use in-ear headphones connected to a portable mini amp (Behringer Powerplay P2) which has a volume pot closer to me for fast monitoring changes. I tried to record without headphones, but I think it’s better to hear your voice a bit more objectively while singing.
Close-up of the other side with stand for tabs, light and TV controls and the newly added checklists
Current checklists, what do you think? Any more ideas to add?:
Now only a few rudimentary thoughts on the Post-Processing:
Red: After that my current process is to import the video into the DAW and align the first and last clap.
Sadly there always seems a tiny discrepancy in timing so I have to stretch the video a few milliseconds to fit the audio perfectly (in Ableton enable warp of the video track and adjust length with shift and mouse).
Yellow: I have a standard empty track called track length to quickly set the start and endpoint of rendering without cutting around the tracks. In Ableton at least you then select the length track and hit render, and it will only render the space of the set track.
Green: For the moment I try not to mix it too much and only use a reverb on a return and mix it in to taste on all the tracks
Purple: I also have the guitar mics already panned respectively to the position they record.
Additionally, I often use a tool called Vocal Rider Stereo to help me level the voice before maybe adding compression.
Depending on the song or recording there can be said and done much more for the mixing of course.
(Ignore the upsidedown video. This I had to fix in an external editor…)
Alright hope this post is somewhat readable and not too cluttered and that somebody gets something out of it.
Otherwise, it was a good exercise to recapitulate what I learned so far when trying to set up a “sound and video recording booth”.
Bonus Pic: After the recording the stand can be put out of the way and the arm too (that's what the markings on the floor are there for). Best to cover them with their pouches when not using them.