One of the very first things most of us do is record a guitar in our home recording studio. Once the drum groove is up you wanna grab the guitar and go.
Now when it comes to recording a guitar in your studio there are a few ways to go;
1. Plug it in directly to your audio interface and experiment with any virtual guitar amps you might have gotten with your audio recording software and there are a few goods ones.
2. Plug your guitar into an effects processor like the Line 6 Pod. You can get very good results with these.
3. Most people starting out with home recording won’t have these 2 available so you wanna just do it the old fashioned way…
slap a mic in front of the amp and turn it up.
If you’ve got the chops and a good amp it’s hard to argue that this is still the best way to record guitar.
The Shure SM57
One of the most used instrument microphones for this is the Shure SM57 dynamic microphone. You’ll see them being used in front of guitar amps on the stage and in the recording studio because they have a natural, clean, crisp sound.
It’s ideal for close miking speakers because of the wide frequency response (40Hz – 15kHz) and it’s tight cardioid pattern.
Another reason the Shure SM57 is a great choice for the home recording studio is because not only is it one of the best ways to record a guitar but it’s a very good vocal microphone as well, and if you’re limited to the number of mics you’re gonna have in your home studio then the 57 makes for a smart choice.
The Sennheiser e609
The Sennheiser e609 silver dynamic guitar microphone was designed specifically for the job of recording a guitar amp. The capsule is mounted laterally making it easy to get up close to the amp and because of it’s supercardioid pattern you’ll get good isolation from other signals in the room or on stage.
The frequency response range is even wider than the Shure SM57 going from 40Hz to 18kHz giving the Sennheiser an extended higher frequency which is quite noticable in the tone.
Although it doesn’t do the vocal doubling job like the SM57 it’s real good drum mic as well. I’ve seen more of the 57’s on a guitar amp more than any other mic.
Both the Shure SM57 and the Sennheiser e609 will do a very good job of recording your guitar amp and both are in the same price range of only around $100.
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