Best mic for distorted electric guitars takes.

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I want too heard opinions about what mic do you prefer for distorted electric guitars takes, in my case my best choice is the clon of the ELA m 251. Thanks for your answers.
 
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always ever used a sm57
much too scared to stick anything else in front of a 4x12 cab at full throttle - although i do not do this for a living

However when I was being recorded in "proper studios" the engineers used the "american engineers version of the 57" (my quotes - that's how I always remember it) - can't remember what it's called - Electrovoice something or other - the one that has the grill coming in patches a bit down the body
 

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the one that has the grill coming in patches a bit down the body

RE20 ? But probably not what you mean, it doesn't look like a '57 though.

Talking about '57, by chance anybody tried the T-Bone 75 ? :shock:
 

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Have a look/listen at the Royer demo CD or their online mp3s. The Steve Albini-section compares a SM57 vs the Royer 121 on distorted gtr. The '57 is mighty unimpressive in that comparison, but the 121 perhaps a bit too much. Useful for bands without bassplayers ?

About putting mics on loud cabs, as known the MD421/441 do a fine job there and sound a bit fuller than the '57. Whether that better suits your mix is another thing though.

edits : 122 --> 121
 
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[quote author="clintrubber"]
the one that has the grill coming in patches a bit down the body

RE20 ? But probably not what you mean, it doesn't look like a '57 though.

Talking about '57, by chance anybody tried the T-Bone 75 ? :shock:[/quote]
Yep that's the one - I know it doesn't look like it - but I do believe that eons ago the two different countries used them for the same general purpose dynamic mic uses (thus the term - the american version of the sm57)
 

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I really like the Beyer M160 ribbon for that. Much more depth and realism than a 57. I don't use stacks for distorted guitars though. I like low wattage amps like the Marshall 18W or the 5E3 Deluxe. Some very big sounds can be recorded from smallish amps.

Steve
 

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For 'in your face' I like a 57, MD421 or Beyer M88 against the grille. When I need something smoother I go for my RCA 77D. I keep the volume under control though as I don't want to needlessy require a re-ribboning.

At any rate, I like using dynamic mics on amps. Sometimes I'll put up a condensor a few feet back and pan it opposite the close mic for a room-y sound. But I generally don't use room sounds for crunch guitars (except if there's going to be room in the mix for it).

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Kris
 

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shure 57
beyer m69
beyer m160
neumann 149 (distant room)
sennheiser 421
royer 121

many others...


No peticular order of preference, what works gets the job :grin:

on my yet to try out soonlist:

beyer m88
RCA 77
T-Bone 57

Tony
 

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Peter, i made a mistake, i was meaning the T-Bone ribbon
similar to the one massordered by Fum recently...
 

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nevertheless, the one you linked also seems worth checking out. I gave up on using the pricetag as qualitycontrol a while ago, and so far i am not regretting it :grin:
 

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I had two of those t-bone mics. And i had the chance to compare them to the real thing. They sound about the same and i used them on snares and guitar cabs all the time but the build quality is a lot less than the real thing.

A friend of mine now has a nice collection of MD441's and 421's and they do everything a fake SM57 does only better. So i sold them cause I needed some money.
And some players i recorded didn't like seeing the name T-bone on the mic in front of their instruments. Somehow sometimes that influences the way they perceive the quality of the recording more than quality of the recording itself :?
 

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But I agree - ribbons are great for guitar cabinets...

Jakob E.
 

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RCA SK46 the one that looks like a little remmington electric shaver they sound owesome also senheiser 409 or e609 or an sm56/57 Wil

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I had a chance to try the Fum ribbon mics for this and they work great. I also like large diaphragm tube condensers, but I think that I might like the Fum ribbons even better.
 

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A friend of mine now has a nice collection of MD441's and 421's and they do everything a fake SM57 does only better. So i sold them cause I needed some money.
You're right, even when they're a good deal but still have better mics available then there's no need for that good deal - unless you need that number of mics available at the same time. I have a 421 & 441 & ribbon & 57 (that's about all though) , but only two hands and one gtr-amp, so no need for the MB75 unless I want to record more things at once.

Thanks for the sanity-check, shall I send the saved EU39 to you ? :wink:
But serious, interesting to hear they're usable - who knows for an eventual next Thomann-order...
 

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My favorite is an Electro-Voice RE200, a small-diaphragm condenser with a huge peak around 8kHz. I don't use it for anything else except bodhrans.

When that's not right, a Beyer M88 is nice.

Peace,
Paul
 

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royer 121 , sm57, at4050 and re20...
Stick them all in front of the cabinet and be happy :green:

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Fabio
 

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