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Distant Sounding Guitar

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by sneak, Jun 6, 2004.

  1. sneak

    sneak Active Member

    Apr 27, 2004
    With a few recording sessions I miced a guitar amp, and it sounded distant like. I tried different mic's , with very close to the speaker and at different angles, but still very distant sounding.

    I had this with a Marshall JCM 900 and a Fender Deluxe.
    I tried mics like an SM57, MD421, some condensers and in combination.

    I've tried also different settings on the guitar amp, but didn't work.
    The sounds in the room was no so bad at all, but when miced... no punch and definition.
    It's not with every recording session, I succesfully recorded different amps with different mics.

    Any suggestions ?

    Thank you.
  2. stark

    stark Guest

    Some suggestions:
    - try recording the guitars DI as well as mic'd;
    - mic the strings to get some more attack;
    - check the attack time on any compression you're using - make sure it's not too short.
    - get rid a little of the gain/overdrive you're using so you get a slightly cleaner signal (how is it if you just record them clean?);
    - maybe mic up the back of the cab (reversing the phase of the rear mic).

    Good luck! Let me know if any of those work, but I'll need more info if not.
  3. djui5

    djui5 Guest

    This is what they call comb filtering and is an issue with the acoustics in your room...

    Try moving the cab to another spot in the room..
  4. sneak

    sneak Active Member

    Apr 27, 2004
    It's also with 1 mic.
  5. sneak

    sneak Active Member

    Apr 27, 2004
    I think the problem is in the overdrive/distortion. When setting to clean, the sound is good. I've tried also to use less overdrive, but still the distant sound.
    In the room the sound from the distortion/overdrive is good, but when recording....
  6. tripnek

    tripnek Active Member

    Jun 9, 2003
    I'll second djui5's post. It's most likely the acoustics of the room. Try repositioning the amp and/or even better, set up some kind of gobos around the amp to prevent some of the reverberation of the room from geting back to the mic. Remember that when you are listening to the amp in the room, your ears are not in the same position as the mic. The reflections where the mic is positioned can be very different than at your listening position. The volume of the amp can also make a big difference. Usually, the louder the amp is, the less of the room your mic will pick up.

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