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There are a lot of ways to mike a guitar amp. And in this movie, I'm going to show you the old school way of doing it. This is the way that amplifiers were miked way back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, and is my personal favorite today. All instruments need some space for the sound to develop, and that goes for speakers as well. The technique will not only capture the sound, but also a little bit of the room too, making the sound bigger than if the mic was just pushed against the speaker cabinet. Move the mic about a foot away from the best sounding speaker in the cabinet. (music playing) Once again, the sound will get brighter as you move it towards the voice coil, and mellower as you move it towards the edge of the speaker cone.
Of course, different mics will provide a different sound. Here we have changed the mic to a large diaphragm condenser. (music playing) Remember that there's no right or wrong microphone or placement to use, only what's right for the song.
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