Poor quality guitar sounds

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by 9, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. 9

    9 Guest

    I'm pretty new to all this recording business and I'm having problems recording a decent electric guitar sound.

    I'm running a cheapish (£90) Stagg MCO 5BK through a Tascam USB 122 into my Laptop but the recordings sound very distant and flat and lack any real punch. It's especially bad if I'm using distortion. Single clean notes aren't too bad but anything else is nasty.

    Would a better mic ease my problem? I've been looking at the Sontronics Orpheus or the Rode NTK/NT2000. Are these decent mics to use with amps, or could it be my Preamp that's unable to deal with busy guitar sounds? If anyone has any suggestions of a good mic to use with a guitar amp that would be great.

    Cheers for any help anyone can offer!
  2. vividsonics

    vividsonics Guest

    First of all I've never heard of a Stagg mic so I have no idea what type of mic it is (dynamic or condenser???) A lot of folks (including myself) have gotten great results from a simple Shure SM57 (about $90 USD). Also before you go out and buy more gear, try moving the mic around a little bit. Placing a mic up close is a very different sound than a mic at a distance. Also a close mic varies greatly as to what part of the speaker it's pointed at (e.g. center of the cone, edge of the cone, off axis, etc.) If you haven't already, try to solve your problem at the source... mic placement.
  3. 9

    9 Guest

    Thanks for that dude. I've been trying the mic nearer to the speaker and the results are definitely better, although the increased bass frequencies are a nuisance (but nothing I can't deal with).

    People have told me that putting a condenser mic too near to speakers can damage them. Is this true or just a myth?
  4. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    Yeah you can damage a condenser doing that but I haven't seen it done yet, so maybe its all bs. I used to mic my baby bottle pretty close to the speaker never hurt the mic but it often clipped leaving me with a nasty recording. The best sound I've gotten still is with a sm57 slammed up against the grill.
  5. 9

    9 Guest

    Cheers Jonnyc and Vividsonics. I went and picked up an SM57 this morning and the difference between that and my condenser is astonishing. I'm finally able to record a quality tone and there's a lot less bass interference.

    Thanks again!
  6. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    I keep starting out micing a guitar amp with a 57, but I keep ending up using my Beyerdynamic MG69TG ever since I got it. It just sounds better and isn't so finicky about position.
  7. tedcrop

    tedcrop Guest

    Every MIC has an SPL rating. You can buy a cheap SPL meter anywhere , put it in front of the source and measure the spl you will know if it is safe for the mic or not then.
  8. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

    Apr 9, 2003
    Fairfield County, CT
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    Use both mics, the '57 up close and the condensor to pick up the room. I've had a lot of luck using a condensor facing away from the speaker to pick up the reflections off of the wall. Especially nice when there is only one guitar, pan left and right, mix to taste.

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