When it comes to working in the studio, selecting the proper microphone to record electric guitars can be extremely critical to your end result. After all, while the right pedals, amplifier and guitar can help you create a killer live sound, it's all for naught if you can't make the sound translate onto a physical record. Whether they've spent time in front of an amp, mixing board or microphone, we talked with our sales team about what their go-to microphones are when it comes to recording guitar tracks. Check out selections from Ryan McGuire, Scotty Iulianelli and Josh Gleave below and read Ryan's insight into what makes each microphone special to the entire process.
AEA R84 Ribbon Single: Big ribbon sound, especially nice mid-range on this one. Royer Labs R-121: The classic! Used on countless records, you've definitley heard this mic before! BeyerDynamic M 160: It’s what Jimi Hendrix used, need we say more?
Gefell UMT70S FET: Super high headroom condenser mic for a more refined bright sound, great on clean twangy electrics. Mesanovic Microphones Model 2: The first ribbon on the market that we feel really doesn’t need to be combined with an SM57 to give you the whole amp sound as it sounds in a room. It’s all there, just one mic!
Telefunken Elektroakustik M-80: New kid to the dynamic block with different tonal balance than the old standbys. Give it a try! Royer Labs R-101: Rugged ribbon mic by one of the biggest names in ribbons at a project studio price. Shure SM57-LC: Just because we had to include this on the list. We mean, come on!
Sennheiser MD 441-U: Big bottom end, smooth classy mid-range, one of the best sounding dynamics ever made. Sennheiser MD 421 II: Versatile workhorse mic than brings a bit more to the table than your regular inexpensive dynamics.