How do you mic your amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by saneff, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. saneff

    saneff Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2011
    Cornelius, NC
    I want to mic my AC15c1 for my PA's and have a Shure S57 to use for that. What is the best solution for placing the mic at the amp? What do you guys use?
  2. Griz

    Griz Member

    Sep 23, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    I think you'll find that a lot of people use the SM57, just like you. Where to place the mic in relation to the amp's speaker is a matter of preference, though it will most likely be more effective when playing with a full band at stage volume if the 57 placed right up next to the amp's grill cloth. A lot of people prefer something other than the traditional center-of-cone placement, which can sound harsh. I like to place the mic about midway between the center and the edge, sometimes a bit off axis, too, depending on the guitar and amp.

    Experiment, and have fun.

  3. stetyrrell

    stetyrrell Member

    Oct 27, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    I usually back my sm57 off the grill an inch or maybe an inch and a half. around an inch from the center of the cone to the side, maybe more depending on the amp. Your best bet is to just experiment for yourself and decide what's best for you.

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