recordings were made at home, using one of two methods.
first method was playing an Alvaro electric classical guitar,
plugged straight into the Line-In of the soundcard of a laptop,
and storing the sound straight to the hard drive using
CFBSoftware's LP Recorder application. The end result is clean,
but rather dry. One might describe it as a little unguitarlike.
This is inevitable, given that the sound is essentially the sound
inside the guitar, very closely miked, and lacking room echo,
among other natural effects one associates with a guitar
performance. These older recordings are marked above with an
The second method, the one I currently use, is to
record one of my two handmade guitars with a Zoom H2 Handy
the mic about 30-40cm in front of the guitar. These recordings
sound warmer and more natural.
The two handmade guitars are a
spruce guitar, built by Russel Fong in 1987, and a cedar guitar,
built by Nicholas Ioannou in 1988.
All recordings are
either one-take, or very lightly edited using Audacity
sound-editing software, except for the tracks marked "+",
which are the product of overlaid guitar tracks.
Before I used Audacity, I used Windows'
built-in Sound Recorder application for editing purposes.