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What's wrong with using pre out on amp?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by funkbomb, Aug 24, 2004.

  1. funkbomb

    funkbomb Guest

    I'm always hearing about submiking an amp instead of just running the pre from the amp into whatever youre using. What's the disadvantage of using the pre out of the amp instead of a mic miking the speaker? Unless the speaker and the mic add warmth you're looking for and can't add later, doesn't the pre out give you everything that's going to the speaker anyway?

    Help clear this up for me.

  2. ghellquist

    ghellquist Guest

    Hi funkbomb.

    Nothing is wrong. It is all about what you want to achieve and what sound you are after. So simple try it for yourself. Sometimes you will probably be better off taking the pre out, sometimes (in my mind, almost always), you will preferr miking the loudspeaker.

    Have fun.
  3. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    I usually mic a guitar amp, you can achieve a much greater variety of possible sounds with mic choice and placement. Nothing wrong with doing both and blending the two. I've heard of people micing the body on an electric to blend in as well. Because of isolation limitations, I always take the pre out from my bass rig to track with, it's an older Trace Elliot with a tube pre and sounds Ffffabulous, dahling. One of these days I'm going to try recutting bass with direct and mic, lots of folks doing that too.

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