#1
So, I currently have a 4x12 cab and it gets PRETTY loud at high tube volumes but I requires this cranked up state for proper recordings. I was considering switching to a 2x12 or potentially a 1x12.

My question is, if i make this switch and run the amp at the same master as the 4x12, the volume will be lower I suppose (it won't be as loud) but will the recording quality suffer?
#2
I'm wondering about this myself, I mean since it's only one speaker that's being mic'd you'd think it wouldn't matter.
#3
It probably sounds louder and fuller to you with a 4x12 because when you're beside it, regardless of the mic.. it's 4 speakers pumping air at you. If you mic just one speaker it probably picks up some bleed from the other 3 but not much.. To you a 1x12 will sound much quiter but the recording may actually end up cleaner because theres no bleed from the other 3 speakers, unless you desire that effect.
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Quote by WhoDooVooDoo
It probably sounds louder and fuller to you with a 4x12 because when you're beside it, regardless of the mic.. it's 4 speakers pumping air at you. If you mic just one speaker it probably picks up some bleed from the other 3 but not much.. To you a 1x12 will sound much quiter but the recording may actually end up cleaner because theres no bleed from the other 3 speakers, unless you desire that effect.


Yea, I would say to cut it down to two or one speaker. Just unplug the others and set your ohms on the amp accordingly.
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#6
Depends on how you record.

If you just use a single mic, then you might as well go for a 112, but when I used to record amps, I used 2 or 3 mics and the 412 was always a "bigger" sound.

Also Ed it right, smaller cabs do not mean it is going to be quieter.

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#7
Quote by Tom 1.0
Depends on how you record.

If you just use a single mic, then you might as well go for a 112, but when I used to record amps, I used 2 or 3 mics and the 412 was always a "bigger" sound.

Also Ed it right, smaller cabs do not mean it is going to be quieter.


How do you position those mics with how many tracks (# of records for guitar) and panning?

I wanna caputre that bigger sound as well (I presently have a 4x12)
#9
Plenty of big guitar tones come from a single 57 on a cab, double tracked. You can use multiple mics, but it doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a better sound

As for the cab, there will be a tonal difference between a miked 1x12 and a miked 4x12, but it won't be hugh. And the 1x12 won't really be much quieter than the 4x12.
#10
^ depends on the speakers.

Greenbacks have very different characteristics in a cab smaller than 4x12.
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#11
Yeah, fair enough. But the subtleties of the cab in the room won't be as obvious if its recorded with a mic ~2" from the speaker, with the amp cranked up.