Rhode nt5...are they good for recording guitar amps?

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by Young Angus, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. Young Angus

    Young Angus Member

    Jul 13, 2004
    Down Under
    I'm looking at buying some mics for myself for recording my guitars, and there is a good deal on Rhode nt5's at the nearby music shop. Not only this, but my (possibly il-informed) bass player has said that they are fantastic mics and will be great for recording guitar amps as well as other things.

    Is this information correct and will they be better for recording loud guitar amps than say an sm57 or should I look elsewhere?
  2. Sub-D

    Sub-D Guest

    hmmmm not sure about amps, pretty good for acoustic guit.
    particularly if you have a matched pair......they might work well
    in conjunction with an sm57 as an ambient mic on cabinets,
    but that will depend greatly on the room you are recording in.
    If you are just getting 1 mic for cabinets you can't miss with
    a close mic'd sm57...
  3. jbird327

    jbird327 Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Phila., PA
    I have a set of NT5s but I have only used them on drums so far. If you like the sound of a condenser mic on your amp, then they should work. They have a nice clarity to them and sound good as drum overheads.
  4. BoyMambo

    BoyMambo Member

    May 13, 2002
    I have used an NT5 to record guitar but have found it works best when mixed with a sm57. I point the sm57 just a little off-center of the speaker cone, no further than 4 inches (10cm) away from the cone (the closer the better), and use the NT5 a yard or two away to pickup the room. I never had a problem, but I think you have to make sure you get the phase right.
  5. Bassomatic

    Bassomatic Silver Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    western ma
    Not a fan for that particular application.

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