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how to mic the guitar

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by alstonblues, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. alstonblues

    alstonblues Guest

    hello again everyone...

    i have a question about micing my guitar (amp)...

    first of all should i use a condenser (mxl 990) or dynamic mic (shure pg48)? the dynamic seems to work better for me but maybe its because im not doing something right with the condenser?

    and second...where should i place the mic to get a nice quality recording without getting all the feedback from the amp (when the distortions turned on)?

    thank you
  2. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Well, you should use both if you have the capability. Use the dynamic up close to capture all those tasty transients :D Then Use the Condenser at 3 or 6 feet away from the cab to capture a dynamically "flatter' track and blend them. Lovely.

    About the feedback. Turn the gain down. Nobody has gotten good results using 'gig gain'. When you layer the parts having the gain too high will cause the mix to sound muddy and you'll actually lose the tonality of the whole rhythm section. Plus, crank the volume, not the gain :cool:
  3. jg49

    jg49 Distinguished Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Frozen Tundra of CT
    Mic choice and placement will yield widely varying results. You might want to read and listen (there are a number of wav. files linked to this) to this article from Sound on Sound Magazine.
    It compares condensers/dynamics, placements and blending multiple mic options.
    When you say feedback is this from the amp itself or from the recording process? In other words does the feedback only occur when you are recording?
    While I agree with GF that lower gain settings than those you use live will yield better recordings as a general rule, I disagree with raising the volume. Lower gain and volume in general will yield better recordings.
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Distinguished Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Audix has a short video on the subject. Their products are prominently featured, of course, but the video has a lot of info that doesn't depend on that.


    If you've got the time to read it, Slips has a great tutorial over here:

  6. nortstudio

    nortstudio Active Member

    Aug 16, 2009
    brooklyn, NY
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    It seems like the other boys have answered the other parts of your questions - but the one thing I think is important to remember is that if the amp is feeding back (because of distortion or proximity) then it will be in the recording.

    Sometimes it's a simple as having the player stand back a certain distance, sometimes you need to put the player (or the amp) in an isolated room. That being said, sometimes you really want the feedback - and then you just let 'er rip!

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