Miking Electric Guitar Amps

C J Evans By C J Evans, 25th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/32dflg62/
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This article looks at the correct way to take on miking electric guitar amps for that 'shredding' sound!

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The beauty of miking electric guitar amps is that you can closely replicate the actual tone produced by the guitarist. Miking electric guitar amps also give us the opportunity to change frequency response by simply moving the mic around the speaker cone ( which is a pretty cool trick! ).

Most guitar amps are fitted with one or more speaker cones and here's how they work. The center of the cone produces high frequencies and the outside of the cone produces the lower frequencies of the tone.

So there's a few of the basics - lets get into the guts of the matter. What do you need when miking electric guitar amps? First you are going to need a microphone ( dynamic or condenser - I tend to go along with dynamic for this particular task. Next an amplifier ( obviously! ), a microphone stand and a flashlight.

Right - the first thing to do when it comes to miking electric guitar amps is to find the cone of the amp. You use the flashlight for this - shine on the guitar amp grill at an angle and the cone of the speaker will show itself.

Next comes the mic placement. Now you don't want to get the mic to close to the grill of the amp. As a rule of thumb try to get at least an inch between the diaphragm of the mic and the grill of the amp. As I mentioned earlier in the post placement of the mic will effect the frequency response of your recording. Here we have three parts to the amp speaker - the dust cap, the cone and the surround.

If you point the mic at the dust cap you are going to have a higher frequency response. Alternatively if you point the mic at the cone or surround you are going to get lower frequencies. People tend not to realize that you can use two microphones in this situation to expand the amount of frequency response caught. Why not use one close and one about 8 inches back - also one at the center of the cone and one to the surround of the speaker.

When miking electric guitar amps you are not limited to just the front of the amp. Putting a mic in front of the amp and then one behind the amp will give a great tonal scope between the two.


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