Recording Guitar

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by Milaneus, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Milaneus

    Milaneus Guest

    Hey, first off, sorry if I seem nooby, because I am absolutely new to this forum and fairly new to recording. :p

    I am saving up to buy Pro Tools M-Powered with the M-Audio ProFire 2626, along with an iMac, decent mics, etc... But for now all I have is a BOSS Micro BR. I have done several recordings, and recording guitar hasn't been too big of an issue until I got my new Bugera 6262 half-stack. I have usually been recording guitar and such things with the built-in microphone on the Micro BR, as I find that it sounds more natural, and when recording using the guitar input on the BR, it sounded rather harsh and clipped a lot. As I said it wasn't too much of a problem until I got my Bugera because of the fact that my previous amp was solid state, therefore volume and tone didn't necessarily have much of a correlation so the amp didn't need to be cranked. Now with my Bugera, I would (obviously) like some natural tube break-up, among other things, but it seems to be hard to mic it up nicely because it would clip, even if the microphone sensitivity on the BR is set all the way down at -16dB.

    Now, I have a question.

    Would there be a way that I could use my Micro BR to record guitar to sound less harsh and in general just have a good recording until I get my new gear?

    Thanks, I look forward to a response! :)
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    You are going to need an SM57 microphone for recording guitar cabinets for real, so the question is: can a 57 be used with the Boss Micro BR? The answer is "possibly".

    The Micro BR has a high impedance mono DI input and a stereo 1/8" jack with switchable plug-in power for consumer stereo mics or line levels. Neither of these inputs is directly suitable for connecting an SM57 (or any professional mic). However, you could try using a passive (transformer-based) DI box backwards into the guitar input of the Micro BR. Using a standard guitar lead, you connect the jack on the DI box to the guitar input of the Micro BR, and the mic to the XLR connector on the DI box. This would need a gender-changer XLR adaptor or a microphone cable wired with XLR(F) sockets on each end. There should be enough gain available for miking cabs, given the step-up you get from the backwards DI transformer.

    Like the SM57, a DI box is going to be a useful accessory when you move up to a better audio interface, so it's not money down the drain.
  3. Milaneus

    Milaneus Guest

    Oh, I see. Thanks a lot!
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