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Interview With Guitar

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I'm mixing the supplemental materials for a film and have an interview coming up that will feature the composer of the movie. It's a face to face format and the composer will have an acoustic guitar. The company I work with isn't usually averse to having mics in some shots. I'm wondering how other people have handled this situation or if anyone can point examples? 

 

I figure my options so far are to:

- Just let the boom pick it up

- have a second mic planted lower out of shot

- visibly spot mic the guitar

 

 

 

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Unless the player plays and sings very quietly, the singing and guitar playing will be a lot louder than the person speaking.  Micing (and tracking) music and dialog separately is a good idea.

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I've noticed that any typical booming, no matter the mic or polar pattern, will come across as noticeably much much more diffuse compared to the way music is recorded for radio, albums, etc. This is not to say at all that it can't be done, and the resultant rawness of someone performing in an untreated room can be more heartfelt in a lot of ways, but this rawness can tread the line of amateurish if handled poorly.

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