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Reamping through monitors - Technique?

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by flextone, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. flextone

    flextone Active Member


    Need some advice on what would be a good technique to reamp through my studio monitors or even hifi speakers in a live room for that matter. Mostly sampled drums and percussive elements to give them some depth.

    I've done this in the past with several different mics and generally liked the results, but I'm thinking about taking the stereo route this time to achieve even more depth and ambience. So my question is, what stereo miking technique would you recommend, and what mic/mics?

    I got the urge to reamp in stereo after hearing such a recording made using a Soundfield ST250 which completely blow me away. I don't have 4K$ for a microphone at the moment and I realize the Soundfield is special in the way it operates, but I would like to use that general sound as a reference point to what I'd like to achieve.

  2. JohnTodd

    JohnTodd Well-Known Member

    I'm by no means pro, but I've done it going M/S stereo. Got good results.

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  3. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    So you aren't reamping through a guitar amp - just trying to get "room sound." For this to make sense, your speaker, room, mic, preamp chain has to be better than your reverb unit. The weak link here is the room. If you have even really good reverb plugins or outboard units, you have to have a really great room. No way this would work for me. As far as how to do it, I'd be more inclined to go for techniques with a more pronounced stereo effect - ortf, ab.
  4. flextone

    flextone Active Member

    Bob, I'm not trying to get the "room sound" at all. Rather, recording real air being pushed - which sounds different from recording straight into a line input.
  5. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    I have heard of this being done before, back a few years on this very forum. I have yet to try it though... wish I could comment on its effectiveness, though there are so many variables. Try it and report back once you've experimented a bit.
  6. aj113

    aj113 Active Member

    Strangely enough I have just done this when re-recording a bass part. I plugged straight into the back of one of my HS80's and mic'd up with an AKG D112 and a Rode NT5. The Rode sounded much better, which initially was a surprise to me, but then I realised that the NT5 was probably more suited to the frequencies that an HS80 produces. So in answer to your question I would try Rode NT5's in a stereo situation although I suspect a pair of the the ubiquitous SM57's would make a decent job of it too.
  7. JohnTodd

    JohnTodd Well-Known Member

    I did it (albeit in mono) once to get some "room" on rhythm guitars. I put the mic across the room facing a reflective wall. That way the mic only got the bounce and no direct sound. One pass for each rhythm guitar (2 of them) gave me a nice stereo effect and some "real life sound" to the rhythm section.

    I say stop worrying and start experimenting! All you need is a quiet room so the dishwasher or lawnmower won't get into the mic(s)!
  8. flextone

    flextone Active Member

    Thanks for your answers.

    I'll experiment with this as much as I can. Eventually it comes down to your choice of microphones, miking technique and the sound of your room. Next time I'll try it with two SM57's.

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