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The SM57 Amplifier Recording Thread.

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by James Freeman, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. James Freeman

    James Freeman Member

    Sep 3, 2010
    The SM57 Amplifier Recording Thread


    This is a listening thread of the "miking standard" SM57 and how it actually sounds recording a guitar amplifier.
    The purpose of this thread is to let people on the internet to have a bigger
    picture of what the SM57 can actually sound like aside from Youtube and other random internet search.

    We've all heard that this mic is an industry standard and with it millions of guitar
    tracks in all music genres have been recorded and sounded good.
    Now its the place to master this mic as an instrument, as a part of the complete
    guitar sound chain and an essential tool for the final recorded guitar sound.

    Lets do it.


    * Mike your amp with 1 SM57.
    * Post the Distance, Position, Angle, of the mic.
    * Include all the info about the Amplifier:
    (Channel, Gain, Eq, Presence, Volume, Master Volume, Manufacturer, Year, Tubes, Mods, Speakers, Cabinet, etc...)
    * Include all the post processing of the recording in the DAW like:
    (EQ, Compression, Mastering). ***Its better to use non at all, to hear the real Raw and true sound of the SM57.
    * Post any other info you want and think is relevant like pictures, location, Guitar, etc...

    Upload your recorded file with SoundCloud or alike.


    Eduards Les Paul with Seymour Duncan SH-4 bridge & SH-1 59' Neck.

    Amp: Peavey Valveking (Heavily Modded [yes yes I know]).
    Cab: Framus 2x12 with Vintage 30's.
    Tubes: Tung-Sol, JJ, EH 12ax7's and JJ 6L6GC's.

    Drive channel.
    Bass 5, Mid 5, Treble 5, Presence 5, Resonance 0, Volume 3, Master 2.
    Gain: first on 5 then on 10 (On Marshall circuitry).
    Then I switch to the Mesa circuitry doing the same 5 then 10 on gain.

    Mic Placement
    1" from Grill cloth straight to the edge of dust cap angled down 1".

    Post Processing
    EQ: Hi-Shelving -5db at 2Khz.

    Sound Clip:


    I think this thread should be valuable to all who seek to refine their miking technique and improving the overall sound of recorded electric guitar.
    PS. you don't HAVE to use an SM57 you can use any mic you have.
    This whole thread meant to be educational so nothing here is a "rule", do what ever you please and share your info.
    Live or Studio I want to hear your tips and tricks, thoughts and secrets.

    Let it begin.
  2. inanevoyage

    inanevoyage Member

    Feb 4, 2012
    I think this is a great idea.

    I'm working with my sound engineer at Sweetwater to get my recording rig set up, then I'll come back at you with a recording of an american deluxe tele through a '65 DRRI, using the SM57.

    I've just been recording with the microphone on my iPad... :huh
  3. djdrdave

    djdrdave Member

    Sep 15, 2010
    Chicago suburbs
    Let us know what you order for your recording setup, always interested in seeing what is out there.

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