CHAPTER 8 Microphone Techniques



This chapter describes some ways to select and place mics for musical instruments and vocals. These techniques are popular, but they’re just suggested starting points. Feel free to experiment.

Before you mike an instrument, listen to it live in the studio, so you know what sound you’re starting with. You might want to duplicate that sound through your monitor speakers.


Let’s start by looking at the chain of guitar, effects, amplifier, and speaker. At each point in the chain where you record, you’ll get a different sound (Figure 8.1).

1. The electric guitar puts out an electrical signal that sounds clean and clear.

2. This signal might go through some effects boxes, such as distortion, wah wah, ...

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