Mic noob here, i just got an sm57 to mic up my rectoverb, but i'v never really done this before. I have tryed a couple positions and it sounds little and thin, but i'm not recording at a very loud level right now and have the mic input cranked.
I'm getting alot of hiss and it sounds ugly. I would suppose your probably supposed to keep the mic input level fairly low and crank the amp?(I havnt had a chance to yet)
So basically, i was curious to hear some basic tips that you guys have learned for mic'ing up guitars such as...
Mic Placement, distance... I guess some of you do a center to cone recording and double track with a off center or angled mic placement?
Do you run the mic through anything? I'm running mine straight to the computer. I remember i messed with my drummers sm58 for a little while and it sounded weak, but then i ran it through a alesis compressor/limiter and it really beefed up the sound.
Does using an isolation box or throwing a blanket over the front help for anything? (i just recall metallica saying something about putting u-haul blankets over their cabs to help deaden the sound or something like that)
Or any usefull information you can give me.
Does your input box have a mic preamp in it? If not, you'll probably want to go with a preamp/DI box between the mic and your computer. You definitely want to hit the mic with a good hot signal and avoid gaining up the mic if at all possible.
I usually mic my cab with the SM57 just off the speaker grille, and on my EVM-equipped Thiele cab, i think we've found the sweet spot to be just about where the centre dome meets the cone, with the mic aimed at that spot on a slight angle. But every amp, speaker and cabinet responds differently, so you need to experiment. But it's usually on-axis or just slightly off that will give you the best sound.