Experimenting with mic techniques on a guitar amp
Could anyone tell me if micing a cabnet with lets say 2 mics (in this case 1 dynamic & 1 condenser), would it yield any substantial sonic results? Also with such a setup , would it be wise to set the EQ for each mic to a different setting or not a all? And finally , after all of this , would going to dedicated pre's be better than going to the cabinet or doing both be better?
Yes. I sometimes recorded guitar amp with a dynamic up on the grill and a condenser further out about a foot or two. I've heard people who had success mic'ing the back side of the cab. Also, room mics are often used to add a natural reverb or depth - I've done this with a stereo mic six or more feet away and it added alot of great tone, especially to distortion/overdrive sounds.
You can EQ it anyway you want, I often just group the two together and EQ that sum. If you decide to record a dry guitar signal, you can reamp that and use the EQ on the guitar/amp to fine tune it to fit in the mix.
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I use at least that setup. Many times while doing guitar overdubs I may have as many as four or five mics in front of a cabinet. I use dynamic, condenser, and ribbons whenever I can get them. I don't use all of them but I can quickly sculpt each part as we work through a day of guitars. I might EQ a particular mic or I might EQ across the bus I am using to get to tape. Often there is a room mic involved to round out the part unless I am going for a more up in front vibe.
This ability to dial up good guitar tones quickly has gotten me a reputation for being a good engineer to call for guitar dates. This and the fact that I know I must start with a great amp to begin with. If you have a great amp, a ribbon will capture what's there very well. If you are stuck with a cheesy amp you can only get a good recording of a cheesy amp. The other factor is the player. A great player can make almost any setup sound decent. A bad player, one who has no feel in his hand, will make the best gear sound like cack!
Be creative and have fun!
Would this also work with using the guitar amp pre'd to a Pod or decent pre-amp? And of course, the amp is still being mic'd & recorded on seperate tracks. Has anyone tried this setup yet?