Based on a question recently posted in Micing, Tracking Etc... I dusted off an old Radio Shack PZM and screwed it to the wall in the closet I use for guitar amps (about 2' away), ran it through a passive DI and also ran an ATM29HE, much like a 57. When I compared the two on playback, I was stunned. I'll use both tracks during a bottleneck portion, but only the PZM elsewhere. Got an extra $40? Go buy one.
Well I don't have a fancy ribbon or LDC to work with so I use what I got..
D12 up close on axis to 'meatiest' speaker
Josephson's C42 6 feet back, and a few feet off axis - (sometimes 2 in wide stereo configuration).
This seems to work great in my room, but damn is it touchy placing mics so they don't completely screw each other when combined. I like to keep the d112 channel centered and pan the distant mics. oh, and using API pres
I am going to get flamed for this one but the ML52 ( oktava ribbon) through electrodyne 2000 channel strip is my 1st stop these days . and it sounds great. think m160 -api type sound with an extra $1000 in the bank
I usually go ribbon/dynamic. Most often I use the Royer 122 and an SM57. If the cab has an open back, I do the dual 57 out of phase method. If the sound needs to be bigger, I use the AEA R84. If I'm going for a less harsh distortion I'll use a 421 instead of the 57. The Beyer M160 is usually my preference if I'm using a smaller amp. I've been using a Little Labs IBP almost everytime since I've gotten it for this.
The usual 57/421 plus I'm liking my ADK A51 in a slight off-axis tilt....also really starting to enjoy the ATM25 in very tight to a closed back cabinet.I tried an ATM63 on the back of a small Fender amp and liked its crispness in conjunction with the 57in front.