electric guitar micing

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by NTDunn, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. NTDunn

    NTDunn Active Member

    Aug 19, 2005
    I'm a student at the Conservatory of Recording Arts in Tempe, Arizona. I start a project next Wednesday, it's my first recording. It goes unsaid that I want to have the best recording in my class. Any micing techniques, and mic types (I have many at my disposal) that you all could recommend would be very appreciated and helpful. I'm gonna do a straight up rock song, kinda in the spirit of Clutch, with Electric guitar through a Digitech processor, out of a Fender Twin amp, and bass, and drum. The drum set is small, Kick, snare, rack tom, and floor tom with a crash, ride and hat. I have 8 hours to track, and 12 hours to mix. Any bones you could throw my way? I appreciate it so much.

  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    1. Have fun with it.

    2. The musical arrangement will dictate the type of recording technique you'll want to use.

    Small drumsets benfit greatly from close-micing WITH a liberal positioning of a very high-end room mic...'

    Electric guitars always sound good with a combination of mics. This gives you the widest range of tonality to choose from or blend together. While there is no 'magic setting' for any particular guitar amp, a Twin is a relatively 'clean' amp.....sorta 'pure' guitar sound.

    It'll be great for a heavily processed sound since the amp doesnt need to do anything except support the effected sound and perhaps warm it up a bit.

    Try a ribbon mic on the amp....as well as a dynamic and a condenser. I really like the Beyer 160 for this with yer basic 57 or an Audix i5,and a highend condenser....something in the 'warm' range....U67, tube something...dont know your locker....

    Get creative with placement.

    Bass can be direct as well as mic'd. ATM25 on a cabinet...low output and the DI can be anything with character and a big lowend...Tight and fast for its response....

    good luck. you've got plenty of time.
  3. NTDunn

    NTDunn Active Member

    Aug 19, 2005
    Thanks a millions Dave! I'll use all this info.. P.S. If you have time, you could look at my mic locker at http://cras.org/mic-locker.htm. I appreciate your time.

  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    WOW!! Davedog, another proponent of my favorite Bayer M160 ribbon microphone for guitar cabinet! Way to go Davedog!

    Generally, I use SM57 for guitar cabinet (an industry-standard) but I do use the M160, frequently for amplified and/or acoustic jazz guitar.

    My next suggestion.... A friend of mine from Silver Spring Maryland, I believe used to work with Clutch and helped put them on the map. You may want to try contacting Uncle Punchy Studios, in Silver Spring Maryland and ask him what he used to do? I'm not absolutely positive about this because rock-and-roll recording, affects your brain.

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