#1
I've been having problems getting a good guitar sound, so I tried to do some research to find some tips, but I'm still not getting the sound I want. Below I have included what gear I have to work with. If there is anything you think I need, then just send me a link. I would like as detailed of a description as possible (Mic placement, tone adjustment, mic sensitivity, EQ) I would like the guitar tone to sound something along these lines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OAT06Lk8ys

Guitar - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Faded-SG-Special-Electric-Guitar?sku=517222

Amp Head - http://media.photobucket.com/image/crate%20blue%20voodoo%20120/l84ttym/scottequip011.jpg

Cab - http://www.zzounds.com/item--BEHBG412H

Mics one and two - http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MXL-MXL-990MXL-991-Recording-Microphone-Package?sku=273166

Mic three - http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Shure-SM58-Mic?sku=270101

Recording Interface - http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/PreSonus-FP10-10x10-FireWire-Interface?sku=242036

Software - http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/products/cubase/cubase.html
#2
I mean, honestly. It's just about experimenting. You need to sit there with noise canceling headphones or crank your regular ones and move the mic till you find a sweet spot. I presume you have everything set up, you just can't get a sound you want. REMEMBER THIS IF NOTHING ELSE. It doesn't matter how your amp sounds in the room if it sounds like **** through your mic. The way your room sounds is important. But tune your amp to the headphones/monitors, not to what it sounds like in the room. The dynamics of the amp could be and are very different right in front of it than they are a few feet away.

Now

There are 3 basic mic placements. Now there are many others, but basically you can point it at the edge of the speaker for a mellow tone, the middle for a balanced tone or the cone for a bright tone. Just move it around from there. You can also play with angling the mic towards or away from the cone of the speaker. I usually put my mic right against the grill cloth, or even take the cloth off and put it right against the speaker. You can also put it further back however.

I don't know anything about your software since I use Garageband but you can do a lot of post recording editing like compression and EQ to get a better sound.

Look for the guy with the user name Say Ocean (I think) he taught me a lot about recording.

You can go to my youtube channel to see the progression of recording quality I have gone through just by practicing. www.youtube.com/user/fichtezxc


That's kind of basic, so I'm sorry. But practice practice practice.
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Last edited by Artemis Entreri at Sep 5, 2009,
#3
Quote by Artemis Entreri
I mean, honestly. It's just about experimenting. You need to sit there with noise canceling headphones or crank your regular ones and move the mic till you find a sweet spot. I presume you have everything set up, you just can't get a sound you want. REMEMBER THIS IF NOTHING ELSE. It doesn't matter how your amp sounds in the room if it sounds like **** through your mic. The way your room sounds is important. But tune your amp to the headphones/monitors, not to what it sounds like in the room. The dynamics of the amp could be and are very different right in front of it than they are a few feet away.

Now

There are 3 basic mic placements. Now there are many others, but basically you can point it at the edge of the speaker for a mellow tone, the middle for a balanced tone or the cone for a bright tone. Just move it around from there. You can also play with angling the mic towards or away from the cone of the speaker. I usually put my mic right against the grill cloth, or even take the cloth off and put it right against the speaker. You can also put it further back however.

I don't know anything about your software since I use Garageband but you can do a lot of post recording editing like compression and EQ to get a better sound.

Look for the guy with the user name Say Ocean (I think) he taught me a lot about recording.

You can go to my youtube channel to see the progression of recording quality I have gone through just by practicing. www.youtube.com/user/fichtezxc


That's kind of basic, so I'm sorry. But practice practice practice.



Thanks a lot. I will start experimenting soon!
#4
Quote by Revelations1994
Thanks a lot. I will start experimenting soon!

Some great advice from Artemis Entreri there.

Seriously the one thing that can't be stressed enough is noise cancelling headphones. You need to be hearing what the mic hears, not the sound of the amp in the room.

Get pretty reasonably priced, heavily padded phones, and put as much distance as possible between you and the amp.