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# of mics for recording cabs

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by eddies880, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Is it really nessesary to use more than one mic when recording youre amps cab?----------------or do use just need 1 "good" mic?
    Ive tried the x-y patterns....dynamic up frt,with condensors at the back.....tried different rooms...small,large,insulated etc....
    the end results arent(in my opinion)all that spectacular.
    Funny as it may seem----the best reproduction tones Im getting from my cab,is one simple sm57,run through a sebatron 2000e.
    I shure would like to hear from anyone how only uses 1 mic to get the job done------------if so---------------what flavor of mic has fit youre needs.
  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Yeah, I started using 2 mic's on the guitar cabinet also. I like the close up mic (3 or 4 inches away) from the speaker. Not to close (mashed in there) I don't like :x
    But you get the point...
    Then I use a different mic (like say an Audix OM series or whatever) just a different mic, even condensor.
    Put the other mic about 5 feet away from the cabinet.
    I run one of the mic's through an API and the other to the Great River. If you have a Seb, well that's just as good.
    IMO-the mic further away gets the great big room sound, which for some reason is always "really BIG" sounding after tracking. I like
  3. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    I use both methods depending on the sound I'm looking for.
    If you have a good sounding room, than a LDC (in addition to a dyn up close) out a few feet or more from the cab gives you a much more "broadband" sound. But, for some mixes where there are multiple gtrs, this can quickly become "too much information".

    Here's an alternative to try.

    Instead of a LDC in the room, try a ribbon mic. And in exchange for the "ever-present" sm57, try either a Beyer M88 or a Sennheiser 421. The 421 is one of the most over-looked gtr mics ever. Sad

    My .02

  4. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    There is the ever-present SM57 on a stand in my room. I might never hook it up but its ALWAYS ready...

    Lately, my go to mic on guitars has been an LDC. ADK A51 model V. Its been modded a bit and you have to keep a tight rein on the amp levels,(no pad on the mic.....er yet...), but these things are really guitar oriented in their natural frequency response...and they'll take a load of spl's....For around a bill on ebay, this is a very underrated mic and has been an extremely good find for the gits.

    I still use the Unidyne III a lot...on closed back cabs its the shizits...Because of the sensitivity and tone of the LDC I can use it as a room mic too in this context....It still sounds really good up close and personal, and those tracks are huge and intimate both...

    Try one if you can....I aint lyin.............
  5. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    I'll second Guy's favorite config. It's a great technique for capturing the "force" of the push of air from the cone and then the room mic picks up the "air" movement in the room which can be really valuable in mixdown.

    Like Dave said, an LDC for the room mic is a solid choice.

    Sometimes if you angle the close mic about 30 degree's (horizontally) on the cone you can keep more of the bass freq's coming off the cone as well as some of the higher mid freq harmonics. Depends on the mic though.
  6. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Hey Chris, how far back do you put the 421 away from the speaker?
    I gotta get one for guitar after what you said in the last post.
  7. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    Check Blevins Audio online Guy. Sometimes you can score used 421's and 441's at killer prices.

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