Recording Distorted Guitar

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by TrevorL, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. TrevorL

    TrevorL Guest

    Whats the best sounding way to record a distorted guitar.
    I'm just not satisfied with how mine sounds.
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    start off with a good guitar sound

    didn't mean to be rude
    but it could be as simple as that

    give us a run down of what you are using and what you are doing now
    tells us why you think things are not right

    I generally use an SM57 close and off-centre with a condenser back to catch some room

    a little less distortion than for a live gig
    often double ... from a second take of the same part to layer on top for thickness
    OR create a stereo split for a wide feel

    not talking about a LEAD distorted guitar here
    but for the rythms and pads and punch

    lead and sometimes riff can require a signature sound that is equally as recognisable as the notes and melody
    ... different discussion

    now you're going to tell me you want a Keith Richards guitar sound
    in which case ... forget all the above
    start with tuning
    then put on your sunglasses

    I've forgotten the question ???

    we need to know where you are heading
  3. tifftunes

    tifftunes Active Member

    Jan 13, 2003
    Mic'ing principles are the same for just about any application: Find the sound you like first, then find the "sweet spot" and put the mic in the sweet spot, and record it. If you like what you hear in the room, you should like what you hear in the recording.

    Going direct (DI) without an amp is similar in that you need to find the sound you like, then record it.

    At first, I highly recommend using the "studio" as transparently as possible.
  4. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
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  5. TrevorL

    TrevorL Guest

    So you're saying i should recording using a condenser.
    Fair enough.
    See i am really new to this.
    Bent's probably explained basically everything to me.


    Anyways i was plugging straight into an Audio Buddy.

    And last night i played around with it a little and made it sound pretty good.
    Not amazing. But good.

    Should i just like mic my half stack and call it a day or...?

    (Sorry for the stupidity of this post)

    Thanks alot by the way.
  6. TrevorL

    TrevorL Guest


    Should i maybe post an sample of what i got on here?

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