SE Electronics GM10

The GM10 Acoustic Guitar Recording System ($599 retail/$499 street, carrying case included) is an ingenious miking solution for engineers who go bug nut whenever a player scoots away from their carefully positioned microphones.
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With a GM10 in place, even the most slippery acoustic guitarist can’t cause proximity-related phasing, signal level, or tone-shift problems, because the mic is temporarily attached to the flat-top itself. While the apparatus looks like something your grandpa might have kluged together in his workshop, it’s reassuringly sturdy, and it allows the integrated small-diaphragm cardioid condenser to be adjusted to just about any position. I pointed the mic directly at the soundhole, just under the soundhole, at the 12th fret, and back towards the bridge—all at various angles and distances—and the boom never slipped during normal use. The settings even managed to hold reasonably well when I shook the assembly in an orgy of Hulk-like violence. SE’s proprietary shockmount further ensures signals are uncompromised, and no ba-booms or other handling-type noises were audible when I put the guitar on a strap and leaped about like Angus Young. In addition, the GM10’s rubber clamp did not seem to dampen the guitar’s resonance any more than the normal act of holding the guitar close to your body.

The GM10 system’s mic clearly documented the robust lows, warm mids, and sparkling highs of my Larrivee jumbo. It’s a very transparent microphone, and it tracks performance dynamics precisely, whether you’re strumming chords or plucking lines with bare fingers or a pick. In fact, the GM10 system is so good at what it does that less-than-gallant guitarists will no longer be able to blame seesawing acoustic timbres on crap microphones or goofy mic placement. You’ve been warned!

Kudos Brilliantly simple acoustic-miking tool. Transparent mic.
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