Adam Rafferty – Guitar and Spirit

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How To Record Guitar For Youtube Videos


Hey Gang,

I wrote a post on this 2 years ago, but I have refined my guitar recording technique.  The old post is here.

At the bottom of this post I will list the equipment & software I use….

There are MANY ways to do the same thing.  I do only one, but it is very easy & fast.  I like NOT using a laptop for these recordings…because the fans create background noise.  That’s why I use a ZOOM H4.

For a CD recording I would use better gear (interface, laptop, several mics), but as I have to be my own video & audio engineer I want to make things E-Z!

If you have ideas, or a better way to do it that could enlighten readers – please comment below – Thanks!

This is a 2 part Video series – Total Viewing time 17 minutes.

Equipment & Software Links:

Maton Michael Fix Model Guitar –

Canon Vixia HF M40 –

Flashpoint Lights with Stands – I use 2  –

Oktava MK-319 Mic:

RODE NT5 Mics (I have a stereo pair):

ZOOM H4 Recorder (newer model available):  

Apple Macbook:

Audacity Software:

Garageband Software:

iMovie Software:

Enjoy and feel free to contact me if you have any questions!



Author: Adam Rafferty

Adam Rafferty. Fingerstyle Guitarist. Recording and Concert Artist. Meditator. Philosopher. Lover of Groove.

4 thoughts on “How To Record Guitar For Youtube Videos

  1. Pingback: Youtube Recording Technique for Guitar Videos « Adam Rafferty – Guitar and Spirit

  2. 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.

  3. I’m a novice. So… What kind of mIc stand are you using?

  4. 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 !!

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