#1
I don't know anything about mics but I'd like to be able to just hop on eBay but the mics confuse me. Why isn't there a mic sticky? Does anyone have a link where I can learn about mics?
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#2
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microphone

This should do.

There isn't a microphones sticky because microphones aren't a thing guitarists usually use to record themselves.

The vast majority of people here prefer the convenience of audio interfaces and amp simulators.
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#3
I wrote a blog entry on some microphone basics here:
http://greenroommusicblog.blogspot.ca/2013/05/a-primer-on-microphones.html

The best resource on the entire www for microphones is right here:

http://homerecording.com/bbs/equipment-forums/microphones/how-does-diaphragm-size-polar-pattern-relate-mic-applications-27030/

Of course, if you don't want to wade through a 964-post thread that takes place over a period of 8 years, there is a document that condensed it all that you can download here:

http://www.hr-faq.org/HarveyThread.doc

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#4
There's not a sticky cuz it'd pretty much be like two mics for the most part.
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#6
Who cares if there is a sticky since the average user is too stupid to read the sticky and will post a thread asking about mics anyways.
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Who cares if there is a sticky since the average user is too stupid to read the sticky and will post a thread asking about mics anyways.

On the other hand, having a sticky makes responding to those threads easier. With some macro automation, you can literally answer their question with one key.
#9
A couple of paragraphs about them in the interfaces sticky could be useful though - if not to give recommendations, just explaining the different types (dynamic, LDC, SDC etc) & what they're best at would be helpful.
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A couple of paragraphs about them in the interfaces sticky could be useful though - if not to give recommendations, just explaining the different types (dynamic, LDC, SDC etc) & what they're best at would be helpful.


That's really all I'm asking for.
Gear:
Fender Telecaster w/ Dual Gibson Humbuckers
Ovation Celebrity Acoustic/Electric
Fender Frontman 212R
Band(s):
Old Too Young (Folk/Bluegrass/Punk)
The Orange Line (Stoner Metal/Punk/Alternative)
#11
I think one major problem is that aside from yourself, very few people bother checking the stickies before posting because they think that there's no way it could be that much of a hard and fast recommendation. They think the difference between interfaces is like the difference between guitar amps so they need the best interface for metal/rock/whatever when in reality which interface you get will not have much if any baring on your ability to produce specific genres as compared to other similar quality interfaces.
#12
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microphone

There isn't a microphones sticky because microphones aren't a thing guitarists usually use to record themselves.

The vast majority of people here prefer the convenience of audio interfaces and amp simulators.


Even if the "majority" of UGers record direct, that doesn't mean that we all should. If you have a decent sounding amp then sticking a mic on it will almost always sound better. It'll be more "real" (and it's pretty hard to screw up a 57 placed on the grill). For someone serious about recording, a mic on the grill of a tube amp instantly yields useable results. Amp sims definitely have their uses, but if you have the resources a mic is usually preferable. *I guarantee 99.85% of your favorite guitar tones were recorded with live mics

So to answer the thread starter (in a quick and simple manner), guitar amps are usually recorded with Dynamic Microphones. Delicate instruments like vocals and acoustic guitar are usually recorded using Condenser Mics, which are more sensitive and have a more detailed high-end response. The go-to guitar mic in both professional and home studios is the Shure SM-57. Guitarists luck out because this particular mic happens to cost only 100USD!

So do some Googling and figure out what you need. Maybe you can even write that mic sticky one day
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#13
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That's really all I'm asking for.


Which exactly what my blog that I linked to does....

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#14
Hi, I'm really interested in a mic for mic'ing up my amp (Vox VT80+) that has little bleed (ie, not picking up other things like the bass and bass drum), and does not suffer from much feedback. SM57 is always the one that comes out when you ask this question, but does anyone recommend anything else for a little more cash ???

Many thanks

Hoos
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SM57 is always the one that comes out when you ask this question, but does anyone recommend anything else for a little more cash ???
SM57 and use the rest of the money in a better amp.
Or use amp sims.

In either case you're likely to get a bit better to much better result than mic'ing up that amp.

If you're set for it anyway, there's a fairly vast selection of mic's that people use on guitar cabs a lot.

First off you got the ribbon mic's, the most famous one for the application being the royer r121, though the SE voodoo's work just as fine.
Then you have higher end dynamic mic's, such as the Sennheiser MD441 and 421, with somebody also using SM7's for some darker stuff.
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Quote by john.hoos.3
Hi, I'm really interested in a mic for mic'ing up my amp (Vox VT80+) that has little bleed (ie, not picking up other things like the bass and bass drum), and does not suffer from much feedback. SM57 is always the one that comes out when you ask this question, but does anyone recommend anything else for a little more cash ???

Many thanks

Hoos

The SM57 is the standard for micing amps for a reason... but there are some others that are commonly used, too:

Sennheiser MD421
Audix i5
Heil PR30 / PR40
Beyerdynamic M201TG
Royer R121
Shure SM7b
Audio Technica ATM-250 / ATM-25
EV RE20
Beyerdynamic M160


Many of those mics are usually used in conjunction with the SM57, though, and they're also significantly more expensive.
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#17
Having mic'd a VT40+ for a while I can say don't waste your money. Only since we modded it to take an external cab and hooked it up to a nice(ish) marshall 4x12" does it even compete with what I could get out of LePou HyBrit, LeXtac, or LeCto. And by compete I mean it can sound as good as the sims with some work, I've only heard it sound better once and tbh it was a bit of a rush job.
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Quote by john.hoos.3
Hi, I'm really interested in a mic for mic'ing up my amp (Vox VT80+) that has little bleed (ie, not picking up other things like the bass and bass drum), and does not suffer from much feedback. SM57 is always the one that comes out when you ask this question, but does anyone recommend anything else for a little more cash ???

Many thanks

Hoos


The 57 is probably one of your better options. Better price doesn't always mean better sound, since it is so depend on many factors.

Bleed can be cut back by mic placement as well as the placement of the instruments. Obviously if you're playing a show, moving the drums may not be an option, but if you're practicing or recording, try moving where you have the amps/players.

Feedback can be alleviated by adjusting the mic input gain and volumes to healthy levels. Really, if you're having feedback problems, chances are it's not the mic's problem.