More On “Miking” Guitar Amplifiers

22 Jan More On “Miking” Guitar Amplifiers

It’s an art. While I think I may do a tutorial for this as well, I have watched a few youtube brief how-to’s on the subject, and wish to share them with you.

I can not stress enough the importance of good miking. Many of you have asked me about the settings used in the past. I do understand now that it was almost irrelevant. What was relevant instead, was “where and how did you put your microphone Fil, and what the EQ curves?”.

Miking! (i.e., setting up microphones for guitar amplifiers)

These are just some of them. There’s more. Feel free to add videos or sources of information you are aware of and think can contribute to our learning!

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Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri
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15 Comments
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    headwhop26
    Posted at 22:16h, 21 April

    Just found this on gearslutz. Maybe this is a problem some of us are having that dont like the tone we’re getting :)

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      banane
      Posted at 22:26h, 21 April

      LOL…Yeah, right. That mic should place on the back of the amp, right? :)

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        headwhop26
        Posted at 22:35h, 21 April

        I think thats how Jimmy page did it, yeah 😀

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    Dries
    Posted at 22:49h, 13 February

    I’m also have been busy a while to capture my amp’s tone. It’s a 18W handwired ceriatone with an ’92 1960tv cab. I’m using 2 mic’s here. What do you guys think of it? It’s not as easy as it looks like…

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_songInfo.cfm?bandID=996754&songID=10275889

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    headwhop26
    Posted at 22:50h, 26 January

    This has some relevance to recording. Do you guys find it of as much interest as I do?

    http://noise101.wikidot.com/eq-guide

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    Alex
    Posted at 19:01h, 23 January

    John Paul Jones said that the only reason Jimmy Page’s guitars sounded great was because Page was an expert on micing.

    I always wanted to get someone to play guitar and another one to move the mics closer/further away from the amp while I listen, and then stop him when it sounds good xD

    (Btw, is it just me that reads it as “mice-ing”? Lol)

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    Lemmiwinks
    Posted at 16:11h, 23 January

    Thanks alot Phil!:). Micplacement is harder than I tought first.

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    Hardrockerdave94
    Posted at 21:31h, 22 January

    I’ve been doing quite a bit of home recording lately and I think I’m getting better at it. I’m thinking of getting a Shure SM57 mic, at the moment I’ve just got a Shure PG48, one question, on a master volume amp, how high should I be putting the Master for the best sound? Btw, my amp is a JCM2000 40 watt combo. Thanks

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      Lemmiwinks
      Posted at 00:15h, 24 January

      Depends if you want preampgain or ac/dc overdrive. I recently bought a sm57 and its pretty hard to find a good spott to place the mic.

      But hey! I’ve only had it for 2 days and its my first microphone!:)

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    Ant
    Posted at 19:54h, 22 January

    wow this is deep, i never thought that this much work goes into creating the right tone! i just recently got GR4 mobile but this hasnt got any mic positioning on it :( i need to buy the full version 😛 Fil d oyou think GR4 full has the capability to get the right tone?

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    ar2619Rob
    Posted at 18:40h, 22 January

    In 10 mins I went from knowing nothing to having some idea, thanks,
    To my ears it’s ‘two mic’s good’!

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 18:43h, 22 January

      Well it was the same for me. For years, I’ve been going by chance. Not anymore, though I am just beginning to understand and scratch the surface. There is a LOT that we can experiment with and Rob, it is SO much fun. Especially for us “4×12″ cabinet owners (but very similar with 2×12), there is a lot of movement that can be captured inside the cabinet. AND the room. Just weeks ago I used to put the microphones right up the grill. Not anymore. Really Rob, there is more “tone” in microphone placement than amp settings!

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        ar2619Rob
        Posted at 19:13h, 22 January

        Re: my first comment. After a few listens, I really can’t see how you can capture all the colour of the speaker with one mic? Both centre and edge are not right, midway and edge angled is (to me) much fuller, but still depleted. It’s fascinating how different the same riff can sound when all other aspects are constant. I love the condensor mic with the Vox.
        It did however confirm something I’ve always felt, it just doesn’t where you place the mic for country, lol. Nothing like being contraversial is there!

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          SoloDallas
          Posted at 19:18h, 22 January

          lool (country).
          Well, this is one of the reasons for which – Rob – some even use three mikes! But the point is not capturing the whole spirit of one amp. At times, it is just getting a part of its character. Maybe Rob – surely so for AC/DC and Back in Black sound too – exactly JUST some parts of the sound, not all of it. Hence the need to place well mics and need of equalizers (to drag unwanted freqs). As to say Rob, it really is “a creative” process that allows for quite some room of experimentation (with the basics shown here). Adding more mics makes it more complex though. Namely, “phase”. There is a big risk of running into phase cancellation because of how multiple mics are placed

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