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Studio Monitors - Guitar cabinet micing

Hello Folks,

I am currently Micing my 2 X 12 cabinet using a SM57. I am using a Focusrite Twintrak Pro Preamp. From the preamp, I am routing it to my BOSS BR1180 and the output then goes to a small mixer which in turn feeds my Event TR8 monitors.

I have an awesome guitar preamp which delivers a rich full sound coupled with a Peavey classic 50/50. The cabinet also responds well. However the sound coming through the Event TR8 monitors lacks the bottom punch and depth. It seems to midrangy and sometimes a bit tinny sound when Micing the cabinets. I thought of getting a bass woofer but do not want that route. I tried changing the mic setting but did not work either.

Please can someone help out. Shoud I go in for a better monitor which will help me. I am a home studio musician who is recording a decent demo. Your suggestions will help.


anonymous Thu, 03/16/2006 - 10:42

Check your distance with the mic. If you get too far away from the cab you will lose low end and could gain too much due to proximity effect if you get too close. Also check your placement within the speaker itself. If you get too far close to the edge you will lose a bit of low & high range frequencies leaving the mid's too prominent. I think your issue is with mic placement. Also know that you might be losing some signal quality going into the recorder because of Cheap A/D/D/A conversion. Hope it helps.


pr0gr4m Fri, 03/17/2006 - 01:35

What about headphones? Does it sound the same through them? If you think it's a monitor issue, then only way to know for sure it by trying others.

Try recording a bit of the guitar and playing it back through different speakers, home, car whatever. If you can, take the CD to a music store. Tell the sales guy you are in the market for some speakers and you want to hear how your guitar sound through them. Slap your CD in and check out the different speakers. This will give you a good idea of whether or not you are hearing an accurate recording.

One of the most important things is knowing how your monitors sound and knowing how that sound will translate to other speakers.

Definitely work on mic placement and try multiple listening sources. That'll give you the info you need.