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anyone ever record a mesa boogie dual rectifier?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Paladyne, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. Paladyne

    Paladyne Guest

    MAN O MAN! what a LOUD amp. I would prefer recording a loud marshall, for sure, even tho I love the way it sounds. I can not seem to capture the GRIT of this amp. I am direct micing it in the middle of the speaker with a 421, and off axis with a 57. Anyone tackle this beast before? I know I can capture the POWER and GRIT this beast has SOMEHOW!!! Omni?
     
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Middle of the speaker is only one starting point. Move those mics around and find what your looking for. Don't forget that the preamp and the room that your in have a major affect on your overall sound as well. Angle the amp or even get it off the floor at waist high.
     
  3. Hack

    Hack Active Member

    something I have been trying lately is put the amp on wheels and roll it around the room while its being played through. Try to stand a few feet in front of the amp and you should find spots in the room where it seems bigger and smaller. Because amps usually get recorded at massive volumes, the room its in has a lot to do with the sound. And moving around like this you are walking in and out of room modes. I like to find the spot where it seems to have excited low end. When you find the spot you like put a mic there facing the cab. From there, twisting and turning the mic will work like an eq.

    I have just started playing with this idea and have had really good results. I never seem to go with the mic aimed right at the cab, its always off a little, and I always go ahead and stick a 57 on the grill just in case I screw up the other. But when I get it right, I use both mics.
     
  4. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Yes to all of the above.Getting it off the floor is the biggest help and finding that node in the room for its paticular sound is great.Also a LD condenser out a ways as well as the close micing may help.If you're looking for grit, try a colored preamp that makes grit its job.
     
  5. Paladyne

    Paladyne Guest

    >something I have been trying lately is put the amp on wheels and roll it around the room while its being played through<

    WOW! that is a really cool idea.

    I think a lot of my troubles with mesa boogie rectifiers is that the guys I am recording who use them really really like DISTORTION they have in the preamp section.

    I will give it a go with a combo of all three of you's ideas!

    thanks Hack, Gaff and Davedog!
     
  6. Screws

    Screws Active Member

    Get it to sound as good as you can, record it and record the direct guitar signal at the same time. Then, when the player goes home for the night, run the direct recorded signal back out to the amp and try to dial up a sound that has a lot less distortion and more crunchy tone with more midrange and edge than the original sound. Blend it in with the other sound until you love it.

    Try this same thing with other amps or preamps too. If you're recording to a DAW, try an amp simulating plugin on the direct track.
     

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