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Ready, Set , Aim your 57..

Discussion in 'Recording' started by stickers, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. stickers

    stickers Active Member

    I use to aim the 57 straight at the center and then use another mic on near or around the edge. The 57 straight on has the presence but no bottom adn the outside gets the lows but no matter what i wasnt happy.
    and i got sick of working with 2 mics.

    So I tried the 57 off axis around 35-45 degrees against the grill pointing at the center. I've heard people do this and it kind of makes sense the mic sort pointing across the speaker so it wont be as thin as just pointing straight on at center.

    Someone else told me for heavier stuff they prefer to put the 57 straight on half way between the center and edge of cone...

    Anyone else have a preference, when using a 57 as your soul mic on guitar cab?
  2. I usually point the mic right where the cone meets the dust cap about 6" - 8" in front of the grille.
  3. stickers

    stickers Active Member

    Thats kinda of far away.
  4. FolkFandango

    FolkFandango Guest

    it really depends on the sound you want i guess. usually i try to point it towards the edge but not off the speaker.
  5. Mic positioning is really subjective. I like mine "far away" because that seems to give me a tone I can work with best. Yeah, sometimes for added bite I'll go right on the grille, but I prefer a more open sound. I have removed the grille before and gone just close enough that the speaker didn't touch the mic on its maximum excursion to get a tone I wanted, but its all subjective.

    And for some reason, speakers even sound different at the same distance from the center in two different spots. I know there has to be some physics explanation behind it (which I wouldn't mind hearing because I like that kind of "nerdy" stuff).

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