My distortion sound
Posted on Mar 08, 2004 12:31 pm
Member Since: Mar 08, 2004
I am recording though a Mesa Boogie Single Rectifier to a Marshall cab. The two guitars I am recording with are a Gibson Sg, and A Fender Strat(Mexican Made) I am not 100 percent happy with the distortion sound. It sounds good but not as polished as I would like it. It also does not sound as good as what is comming out of the amp. Any suggestions on how to mic the cab or ways to get a better sound. The mic's that I have at my disposal are 3 SM57's, and a Groove Tube Condensor mic that can go Omni or Cardioid.
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TadpuiI am not a crook's headMember
Mar 08, 2004 01:20 pm As far as I know, a single SM57 right against the speaker grill is the standard way to mic a cabinet. Try moving it around the face of the amp, nearer or farther away from the center of the speaker cone. I found that I like the sound of micing it more towards the perimiter of the cone. If the room you're recording in sounds pretty good, then you can try a condensor in addition to the 57, about 3' or so (?) out...
Since: Mar 14, 2003
Also, keep in mind that when you're listening to your cabinet, your ear probably isn't in the same spot as your mic, so you're hearing a different sound than your mic is. Try backing off the distortion a bit, also...when recording, a little distortion goes a long ways. You can get a really mean tone with relatively little distortion, especially with those Gibson humbucking pickups.
Mar 08, 2004 01:25 pm Yeah, try the condensor back a little way. What sometimes works well, is to face your amp toward a corner, out about 3-4 feet, maybe a little more. Put the SM57 right on the grill, then put the condensor up a little bit (about the height of the top of your cab or a little bit lower) and out about 6 inches from the corner. OR, put a mic about 6 inches out from the corner, FACING the corner. This can help add some of the reflected sound and fill up the sound nicely.
Mar 08, 2004 01:27 pm Go to recording tips to read big article of jues and others
Since: Feb 18, 2004
TheJazzyOneYour favorite rockstarMember
Mar 08, 2004 02:13 pm Even though I like to crank the distortion when I play live, I find that dialing it back to say, 7 or so when recording gives me a little more clarity, while still keeping the punch of the distortion. That helps A LOT.
Since: Feb 03, 2003
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