Mics For Recording (Record Electric Guitar With One Mic). This is unconventional, because one does not often use a single mic to record an electric guitar at play. But it is quite possible, if you know how to set it up. Home studio enthusiasts are certain to get a kick out of this one. The idea is aimed at helping you get the best sound possible from an electric guitar.
Basic Set Up
The position of the microphone is numerous; it is crucial.
- A few inches can make a world of difference. The sound itself varies as a consequence.
- The mic’s position therefore serves as a source of tone control.
- Study your speaker and learn where the cone is behind the soft front mesh. For cabinets that have two speaker cones, one will suffice. Your mic needs to be positioned before just one of the cones.
- Moving the mic’s head really close to the center of a speaker cone can result in rather trebly sounds. A lot of top end is recorded; not good.
- The idea is not to move the mic farther away from the cone but to the side, toward the circumference of said cone. Move the mic inwards to where the two cones are close. Refrain from taking it close to the speaker cabinet’s outside edge; ambient sound problems can be prevented this way.
As easy as turning down the treble on an equalizer, the top end of the sound will drop with this simple ‘mic move’. Place the mic at the cone center, move it further away to the cone’s outer circle, and enjoy the top end drop; this is what you need.
All About That Bass
Moving the mic away from the cone instead of along it to the outer periphery can change the tone of the sound too.
- Increasing the mic’s distance from the speaker cabinet changes the sound’s tone; pardon the double word usage.
- The farther you go, the less bass your sound will give off.
- The closer you get to the cabinet, a ‘proximity effect’ is triggered in stages until bass increases to an overly deep point; not good.
As glorified tone control goes, the mic’s position dictates all.
The Right Tone For The Right Tune
Have a friend play the electric guitar while you move the mic accordingly and see, or rather hear, for yourself the way the music changes.
- As the song is being played, start with the mic at the cone center. Hold for seven seconds.
- Move the mic along the cone to the outer circle. Hold for seven seconds.
- Move the mic back to center. Hold, seven seconds.
- Move the mic backwards a few inches. Hold.
Do not scrape the mic stand across the floor when you perform the test. Lift and move; you will need a steady hand for this one so put that beer away and get your ear in the game.
The sounds will speak/sing for themselves. As you keep moving the mic, the speaker will emit varied tones for the same music. You will hear the change in treble and bass and you did not even reach for the equalizer.