guitar recording

March 31, 2016

Our techniques for recording electric guitar

Without question, the electric guitar is at the heart of todays musical arrangements across all genres. Polished pop, indie rock, nu-metal, singer songwriter, country, jazz, and even hip hop employ electric guitars to bolster their arrangements. There is such a breadth of tone and style that can be produced with the electric guitar that it seems like their would be an infinite number of methods to record it. First and foremost it is helpful to think of the electric guitar as an electric instrument, generating current at the pickups, and amplified in several different ways. Most often, the signal is amplified by a big honking amplifier! Guitar amplifiers and cabinets come in all shapes and sizes, and offer the ability to take the signal and tone generated at the pickups, and mold them with more tonality, distortion, and warmth. Further, the speaker in an amplifier colors the sound through the natural compression of the cone as it creates compressions and rarefactions that transmit sound through the air. Proper choice and placement of a microphone dictate the tonality of what is captured. Microphone Choice and Placement   Due to high SPL (how loud an amplifier can get) many condenser microphones tend to be too sensitive for very close proximity recording of the speaker. For this reason, dynamic microphones like the famed Shure SM57 or Sennheiser MD421 are used in this up close and personal capture of the amp. Tonality (think EQ) can be garnered from choosing how the microphone is directed at […]