When it comes to recording your tracks miking your instruments is half the bill. If you are recording the wrong way there is a very small percentage you will be pleased with what you get in return. Although researchers have found the cure and it’s proper mic placement. With guitars being no exception here are 5 methods that will help you make the product you dream of.
There are many different forms of guitar recording but this article will focus on guitar amps exclusively. If you have a mic that doesn’t reach the standards of “top notch gear” don’t worry these methods can be used universally by all recording mics.
Method 1: On Axis
Your mic is pointed towards the center of the cone (speaker) and is roughly 5 to 7
inches away. This produces a very sharp sound that is overwhelming and vicious.
Method 2: Off Axis
Your mic is pointed towards the edge of the cone keeping your 5 to 7 inch distance. This produces a softer tone that smoothes over together. This one
specifically is used a lot by sound engineers (professionals).
Method 3: Angled
Your mic is pointed towards the cone at an angle maintaining the 5 to 7 inch distance. This is the extreme of Off Axis in terms of smoothness of the sound it produces.
Method 4: Room Mic
You place your mic in the center of the
room. This technique doesn’t involve as much of mic placement as instrument
placement. Rooms can be used as a tool for creating a faded sound and “realistic” tone. Moving your amp to different corners or even just a few feet from the center can create the sound you are looking for.
Method 5: Two Mics
If you happen to have two different types of mics and two amp speakers then you can follow the methods only applying two mics. This method will allow you to experiment even deeper into the sound you can produce. Recording with this method gives your sound a uniqueness to it and can help you cover different elements of recording depending on the type of mics.
When using two mics you have to take phase cancellation into account. Phase cancellation is when two signals of the same frequency perfectly overlap at 100% or are exactly at opposite poles at 180 degrees. This will cancel out the sound and leave you with nothing. Be sure to check the phase between your two mics before recording.
Finding the right sound can be difficult but keep trying until you achieve the sound you want. Experimenting will be your saving grace and never holding back from trying something new is how you get there. If you are to learn one thing from this article it is to never begin recording until you are 100% satisfied with the product.