Ask A Producer: How to Mic a Guitar Amp

I’m excited to unveil our new feature series here on Gear Gods, Ask a Producer. We’ll be working with a variety of recording engineers and producers for this instructional series, aimed at helping YOU achieve the results that you’re looking for in the studio or at home. Don’t get scared if your set-up is super basic: we’re not going to show off a bunch of fancy recording gear, but rather, we’ll be going over some techniques that anyone can do with basic tools.

In our inaugural episode, Kevin Antreassian (owner-operator of Backroom Studios in New Jersey and the new guitarist for The Dillinger Escape Plan) and I run down some different techniques and strategies for selecting and mic’ing up a guitar amp. We did the following demonstration with a Shure SM57, a Bogner Uber-Cab, and a DynaMount robotic mic stand. As Kevin explains in the video, you can do all of these techniques with a normal microphone stand – but keep in mind, we’re getting these sounds with a SM57 – the most common, inexpensive microphone out there!

Check out the episode below, and enjoy! If you have burning questions for an engineer, please leave them in the comments section, and we may get to them in a future episode!

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Max is managing editor of Gear Gods.