Posted on Sep 02, 2006 02:56 pm
Member Since: Sep 02, 2006
Ok, I'm freaking out with this.
I followed tons of tutorials about miking and mixing guitars, they all promise a "pro" sound, but I just can't figure it out. I even tried the "get-a-phat-sound" thing, with dynamic and condenser mics in-phase, and OK, the thing's fatter but it still sound sooooooo cheap, kind of fizzy and airy, it has no "life".
First of all: I use a Marshall MGX-100 (valvestate) head, on a 4x12 Hughes & Kettner cabinet. Yep, the head's no tube but still yet sounds cool. It plays on and loud in a big and almost empty room, so I put a wood "V-wall" in front of it, like this:
cabinet --- |> --- wall
Notice I tried it without the "wall", but the result is an even cheaper sound.
Ok then I put an SM57 right on dead centering the cone, no angle. I tried the condenser thing, but solving the in-phase thing is really hard and takes too much time for the result it produced the first time. I followed the hundreds tutorials about EQing guitars, added a bit of compression to get the punchy-attack thing, and have turned out a quite good sound but it still sounds no "pro". At all. I watched a guy recording guitars in a studio, just the same way (Sm57 straight to the cone etc. etc.), but what it turns out is a PRO sound as itself BEFORE any EQing and compressing. Ok, he uses a Peavey tube head, but that's not the matter: I like the sound of my own head, it just don't reflex on the sound I listen to after recording it. I guessed then it's a matter of HOW I record it (maybe the wall thing etc.).
The sound I'm aiming to is this:
(song) - (band)
Hurricane - Something Corporate
Don't Wait - Dashboard Confessional
Does anyone have ANY tip or suggestion on how to get close to it? Or maybe just explain to me what the hell am I doing wrong...
Waiting for a light,
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