Guitar & Bass Amps
A cardioid polar pattern is useful at isolating the sound and controlling feedback.
A shaped frequency response adds a presence and brightness to the sound.
A dynamic cartridge is best because it’s unlikely to distort under normal sound pressure levels, regardless of where the mic is placed in relation to the amplifier, or how loud the amplifier is turned up.
You see SM57s all the time on guitar and bass amps, but did you know that the frequency response of a guitar amp resembles that of the human voice? That’s why sometimes, you’ll see vocalists use the SM57 too. In fact, it has the same cartridge as our go-to live vocal mic, the SM58, but the grill of the SM58 gives it a slightly different frequency response.
A cardioid polar pattern is useful at isolating the sound and controlling feedback.Frequency Response:
To capture the full range of guitar tones and playing dynamics, a flat frequency response is best, or a slightly boosted high end.Cartridge Type:
Condenser mics give acoustic guitars a smoother, more natural sound.
Mic placement can influence the sound you get as much as any mic characteristic can, so experiment with positioning. Placing the mic nearer to the neck delivers a thinner, high-frequency sound while placing it nearer the bridge creates a more mellow, woody, low-frequency sound.
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