Fil’s Update as of Fri March 18th: Shooting of the first tutorial officially begins. Today will be the day of the Back in Black tutorial.
Rhythm and Solo.
Thanks for voting! I plan on doing a few of these before I leave for a two weeks long trip. I will try to leave you with a bunch of hopefully tutorials to work on.
Top 10 Update as per March 07 by Banane
1. Back in Black
2. You Shook Me All Night Long
3. Hells Bells
4. Highway To Hell
5. If You Want Blood
6. Whole lotta Rosie
7. Down payment blues (8 and most votes)
8. Stiff upper lip (8 votes, same as No. 7, had to throw a coin)
9. Ballbreaker (8 votes)
10. Rock’n Roll ain’t noise pollution (7 votes)
Not so much changes in the last week. Ballbreaker got one more vote, so Rock’n Roll ain’t noise pollution went from 9. to 10. Beating around the Bush got 2 more votes, so the next ones after Rock’n Roll ain’t noise pollution are now: Beating around the Bush (5 votes), Bad Boy Boogie (5 votes). All other songs got only 4 votes and below.
We had also request for songs from other bands like Peter Green, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston, Free, Bad Company, Foreigner, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith. Maybe Fil is somday in a mood to play them 🙂
Have a nice week!
Often times, in our quest for the ultimate tone, we guitarists are so focused on finding the perfect guitar, amp, or pedal that we forget one of the most important parts of the signal chain – the microphone. Whether you’re rocking a live show or recording an album in the studio, you’ll be depending on a properly placed microphone to faithfully translate your “ultimate tone” to the audience. In this article we will focus on the “properly placed” part of this equation and cover some tried-and-true mic techniques you can use to get great guitar tones.
Distance & Depth
Perhaps the most crucial element of good mic technique is finding the optimum distance from the mic to the sound source. Your wall of sound will crumble quickly without an understanding of the profound affect distance has on your microphone’s bass response and clarity, as well as the sense of depth heard in the final product.
Mics with directional polar patterns (cardioid or figure-8) will show a marked increase in bass response the closer they are to the sound source. The technical term for this phenomenon is “proximity effect”, and all directional microphones are subject to it in varying degrees. A good example is the Shure SM57, easily the most common cardioid mic used on guitar cabinets. In common use the ’57 will often be shoved right up onto the grill of a speaker cabinet to maximize the proximity effect. This technique works well with the SM57 because it complements the ‘57’s natural frequency response, which exhibits a sharp bass roll-off below 150Hz and a sharp increase in mid and treble frequencies above 3000Hz. The natural frequency curve of the Shure SM57, with added low-end from proximity effect, results in a guitar sound that exhibits both good clarity and respectable low-end.
Microphones with flatter frequency response and deeper bass, like the Sennheiser MD421, or the Royer R121 ribbon mic that we use here at the PGS studios, often need to be placed further away from the speaker to avoid the low-end mud and distortion that can result from a build up of proximity effect. For example, we usually place our Royer figure-8 ribbon microphone 6-8 inches from the speaker of our Fender Deluxe. In addition to achieving a more balanced overall tone, moving the mic back further from the amp also gives the sound space to “breathe” and interact with the room before it hits the microphone diaphragm, making for a lively, organic guitar tone that sounds more like what your ears hear in the room.
As my confidence with recording audio and video grows – given all the new technology I have been employing – my hunger for video production grows. Which I hope is going to be good for us.
What interests me much is continuous comparison, A/B among guitars, amplifiers, cabinets, recording techniques and much more. It’s really interesting and I do it a lot on my own.
I’d like though to start publishing more of what I do on my own. So here is a demo of the boost pedal I like the most, among all the ones I tried so far (Klon, MXR 10 bands, Ibanez original 1980s Tubescreamer. RAT and some others).
I am waiting on some other ones coming to me, such as the “box of rock” and two different boosts, a mid boost and a treble boost. Besides all this, you also know that I’m working on the Vega units. So a lot is to come, hopefully.
However, this pedal here is what really flicked the switch in my mind about 10 days ago, when I started to massively test Marshall-Tube-Amps-Input-Channel-Boosting for AC/DC “things”.
Please note: this video is circa 25 minutes long. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show! (more…)