#1
Hey guys, im looking to start doing some home recordings. Nothing big, just wanting to record myself so i can show others, listen to myself, learn from myself, etc. No editing or making CDs (Although tracks might be a small possibility ) And was wondering what kind of gear do i need?

So far I have:
-Audacity
-Program Pirating Tools
-Amp
-Guitar
-Headset
-High Quality Sound Card

And the only thing i KNOW i need is a microphone. Am i going to need anything else to help record? If so, what? And what is a good mic to get to setup to my amp?

Thanks guys
#3
sm58 is wot most proffesionals use for vox or to put near an amp, either way that mic is very versatile
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sm58 is wot most proffesionals use for vox or to put near an amp, either way that mic is very versatile


You mean the Shure SM57. The SM58 was more built for live/performance use. It's much more robust and almost impossible to break.
Both are good microphones.

SM57's work well for guitar amps (I've had success with bass aswell), snare and tom drums, and vocals.
Pretty much the industry standard guitar, snare & tom drum microphones.

For bass, you might want to use 2 mics, an SM57 and I find a AKG D112 go well. And then blend the sounds.

EDIT - Get leads. Lots, and lots of leads. Get a few of each, you never know when one might break or be needed.
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#7
Do you have a plan to connect your amp to your sound card?

There are more wrong ways than right ways. You can have $2000 amp AND $500 MIC and it will sound like crap on a recording if you don't do the interface right. High quality sound card is pretty vague- does it have studio grade mic pre-amps? If you are going to mic the amp, normally you will two mics and will want a stereo channel for better mixing. So it gets expensive.
#8
set the mic away from the axis of the amp... most mics record from the side-not the middle.

set the tone lower. set the distortion/gain to the middle
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set the mic away from the axis of the amp... most mics record from the side-not the middle.


This might be true on some occasions, but I got my best results with the mic placed right in front of the speaker. But then again, I'm using a pretty low-end interface, so that could be the reason my amp sounds so muddy when I place the mic a bit more away from the middle.
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#10
why do u need microphones. im pluggin the amp diurectly to the computer and it sounds exactly the same as when im playing from the speaker.
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Quote by 0GibsonLesPaul0
set the mic away from the axis of the amp... most mics record from the side-not the middle.


Depends on the sort of microphone.

Unidirectional - Takes in sound best from one end (Normally straight out of the top). They do pick up from around the sides, but not as good as face on to the sound source.

Multidirectional - Takes sound from multiple directions, not all round. Normally left and right, or such.

Universal (I think is the right name) - Takes in sound from all around.

For a guitar amp, you want unidirectional. Maybe 2 (I'll explain why later).

Place the mic at the center of the speaker (Or one of them, if you have a stack amp. If you put the mic' in the center of the amp there, it's as good as useless.), start with it about 2 inches away and adjust it from there untill you find the sound you want.

You might want a second microphone because, believe it or not - Lower frequencies sometimes come out of the backs of speaker cones. And if you mic' that aswell, and blended it with the sound from the front, you can blend the sounds and get a bassier/fuller sound. Again, about 2 inches away from the center of the speaker, and adjust from there.

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why do u need microphones. im pluggin the amp diurectly to the computer and it sounds exactly the same as when im playing from the speaker.


Just, no.
I mean, if you like it - then yeah, who am I to argue.

But in my opinion it's just a horrible, messy, muddy sound. Unless ofcourse you have an amazing soundcard, then you might get away with it.
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#12
The technical names (not to cut you down just so you guys know)

the Unidirectional mics are
are Cardioid ( the pickup pattern (where it picks the sound up from) looks like a mushroom without a stalk)
Super Cardioid looks like a mushroom with a stalk with a bit of the sides chopped off (but still rounded
Hyper Cardioid is similar to super cardioid but even less pickup response from the sides

They are called uni directional because the spot with the highest sound capture is in front of it, and as you go up it gets more and more directional (picks up less from the sides) but picks up from behind a bit as well

There is Figure 8 which like the name sugests has a polar pattern (thats the technical term) of an 8, and it picks up from opposite sides but not the adjacent ones (up and down but not left or right, or vice versa.

Then there is Omni Directional which picks up everywhere, mostly used for choirs or groups standing around the mic, HORRIBLE for live use yet school teachers who think, oh her this picks up from everywhere thats great! Think its great until they use a PA and wonder why its feedbacking like hell.

The reason off axis recording tends to (IMO) sound better is because it doesnt just capture the sound source but also the air around it, making it sound more natural and also truer to what your ears hear.

with the positioning 2 to about 8 inches i think is the general rule of thumb, move it around the cone if you want more bass or treble etc.