recording guitar technique... what do you think?

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by inLoco, Aug 16, 2004.

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  1. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    ok so i don't have a great studio
    i manage...
    i have 3 sm 58 and 1 sm 57

    when recording to my computer i can only record a stereo track at a time so for recording electric guitars i came up with these idea:
    sm 57 pointing towards the amp and a sm 58 about 4 feet away for room presence!
    in my band we have two guitar players
    i record both guitars this way and then pan one to 9 o'clock (near) and hard right (room)
    the other guitar 15 o'clock (near) and hard left the room.
    in terms of volume i put the room tracks about 1/4 of volume of the near tracks! this way i have different sounds...

    what do you think of this technique? is it silly or not bad? i've never seen something like these in magazines but who knows...
  2. dymaxian

    dymaxian Guest

    If it's stupid, but it works, then it isn't stupid. Keep trying different set-ups when you have extra time to experiment, and make time to experiment every chance you get. Just because the rest of the world doesn't record guitars that way doesn't mean it's impossible for you to stumble upon something that gets precisely the sound you want.

    Having said that, yes, this is something I've heard of before- one mic right on the grill, one backed off to get a more distant sound. When I get a new guitarist or band in my studio, the first tracking session is almost always just an experiment, and I put up as many mics as I can in as many different positions as I can. Then I can sort thru them later on to discover which one works best. It's been different every time, too- during one session I was suprised to find the best sound I could get was a combination of a Beta52 against the grill, dead-center on the speaker cone, and a C1000 set 5 feet away. *shrug*


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