The Basics of Miking an Amp - Overview

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The Basics of Miking an Amp - Common Positions

Hi guys,

This tutorial focuses on some basic principles for miking a guitar amp, in both a live, and a studio situation. In each of the following videos, I'll include sound samples, to give you a proper understanding of the basic variations which can be achieved by changing the position of a microphone. I also provide tips and pointers, to help you get started.

Quick tips:

  1. Dust Cap = Brightest point of speaker. As you towards the surround, the tone becomes warmer.
  2. Distance: Close will get you the least room noise, and the most low end. Backing away will add room noise, and reduce low end.

Below is a simple diagram of the standard guitar speaker.