How to Mic a Guitar Amp Like a Professional





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Uploaded on Nov 12, 2010

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Capturing the real sound of your guitar is a simple process. But let's face it, when it comes time to immortalize your music on a recording you want to make sure it sounds the best it can. Using proper mic placement is one of the ways you can achieve that.

Here's what you'll need:

- A Flashlight: The use of this tool alone might give you a eureka moment; shed some light; illuminate the mystery, etc.,.

- A Microphone: We like the SM57 which is pretty standard for this kind of stuff, but different mics will capture different sounds. Just use the one you like best.

- A Microphone Stand: There are stands made specifically for guitar amps, but you can use an angle head mic-stand, a stack of books or anything that puts the mic in the right place.

- An Amplifier: This is a no brainer.

- A Good Pair of Ears: The only reason you're doing this is to record a good sound so you need to be capable of knowing when you get a good sound. Don't let this scare you off if you think you've got bad ears; you get better at everything the more you do it.

One last thing, mic placement won't fix bad playing, but it will help you hear it better.

Practice smart. Play hard.


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