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The perfect electric guitar mic - my search is over
Old 19th January 2013
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🎧 10 years
The perfect electric guitar mic - my search is over

After 30 years, I have found what is, for me anyway, the perfect mic for electric guitar -- the AEA KU4 through an RPQ pre. This thing has just blown me away. 12 to 18 inches from the cab, and you are done. Very forgiving on exact positioning. I am done. Kudos to Wes for a fabulous product.
Old 19th January 2013
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🎧 15 years
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Originally Posted by astralpen ➑️
After 30 years, I have found what is, for me anyway, the perfect mic for electric guitar -- the AEA KU4 through an RPQ pre. This thing has just blown me away. 12 to 18 inches from the cab, and you are done. Very forgiving on exact positioning. I am done. Kudos to Wes for a fabulous product.
Well, I'll have to do with my 57' which is $4K cheaper.
Old 20th January 2013
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🎧 10 years
a coles 4038 sounds pretty damn nice in that posi too! (and 3k cheaper )
Old 20th January 2013
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hmmm...my mistake...I thought I was posting to the High End area...I'll be more careful next time

Old 20th January 2013 | Show parent
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hmmm...my mistake...I thought I was posting to the High End area...

Welcome to the High End
The AEA KU4 is one amazing BIG ribbon

Old 20th January 2013 | Show parent
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Welcome to the High End
The AEA KU4 is one amazing BIG ribbon

Love it +1
Old 21st January 2013
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🎧 10 years
I've come to the conclusion that I prefer ribbons for almost all electric guitar micing. The AEA 84, Cloud JRS-34P, and RCA-BK5 usually cover most of what I'm looking for
Old 21st January 2013
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Hello Astralpen, I'm wondering what kind of electric guitar sound we are talking here, because I've found that the type of microphone depends a lot on the type of sound, I mean, for really loud distorted guitars, I always find a dynamic microphone the perfect choice.
For my clean, or crunchy sounds, a Royer Ribbon its just perfect.
I really like the sound of my bassman 59 with a Coles ribbon mic.

Best regards.

delcosmos.
Old 21st January 2013 | Show parent
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🎧 15 years
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Originally Posted by delcosmos ➑️
Hello Astralpen, I'm wondering what kind of electric guitar sound we are talking here, because I've found that the type of microphone depends a lot on the type of sound, I mean, for really loud distorted guitars, I always find a dynamic microphone the perfect choice.
For my clean, or crunchy sounds, a Royer Ribbon its just perfect.
I really like the sound of my bassman 59 with a Coles ribbon mic.

Best regards.

delcosmos.
I like to combine a carefully phased dynamic mic with a ribbon for metal guitar sound recording.
I do however prefer the speakers slightly power soaked so I don't stress the ribbon too much.
Old 21st January 2013
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🎧 5 years
I felt the same way when I first tried a Beyer Dynamic 160 on a cab. Thought I found the holy grail, and would never do it any other way. Until I got a Coles 4038, then the 160 sounded very thin by comparison. Then one day while using a 4038 on 4x12 cab (2ft back) I found my self missing the edge of a dynamic microphone, re-enter the re-20. Be damned the holy grails, they will end up disappointing you eventually. :-)
Old 21st January 2013
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Well my standard guitar cab mic setup is either a Coles 4040 or an AEA R84, carefully aligned with an SM57, and InnerTube Audio modded U87 as a room mic.

The two close mics go to Wunder PEQ-1R channels, with judicious use of EQ, and the room mic goes to a Daking preamp and into a Purple MC-77.

Adjust positions and blend to taste. Ain't got a bad guitar sound in quite a while!
Old 21st January 2013
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I'm sure your set-up is very nice, and I would love to hear soundclip samples, please!!

Myself, I get the best results from a combination of two microphones on a cabinet that has 2, 3 or 4 speakers. A Royer 121 on one speaker, reverse side of the microphone which is brighter anyhow, about 12" back aimed at the edge of the dust cover straight on. A Senn 421 on the other, same position. Of course, an SM57 will work also but wants to be a little closer.

The combination of those two will provide a realistic representation of what you hear from the amp - with your own ears.

That being said, it sounds like you are achieving this with just ONE microphone, and that is indeed, very interesting.
Old 22nd January 2013
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🎧 15 years
Sometimes the right speaker, the right amp and the right combo of Mic and pre are enough. A lot of guys swear by a sm57 and a Neve 1073, especially for rock.

Myself, I have never had such luck. It is always a combo a 57 with a Royer 122 or 57 with a 421..
Old 23rd January 2013
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2 Reviews written
🎧 10 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by delcosmos ➑️
Hello Astralpen, I'm wondering what kind of electric guitar sound we are talking here, because I've found that the type of microphone depends a lot on the type of sound, I mean, for really loud distorted guitars, I always find a dynamic microphone the perfect choice.
For my clean, or crunchy sounds, a Royer Ribbon its just perfect.
I really like the sound of my bassman 59 with a Coles ribbon mic.

Best regards.

delcosmos.
I used it on a Larry Carleton, Robert Fripp and dimed tweed champ distortion sound. Worked perfectly for each. Three different guitars, three different amps: fleck arctic monkey through a 65 amps lil' Elvis, Les Paul through an Indigo McD and a tele custom through the tweed...
Old 23rd January 2013 | Show parent
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3 Reviews written
🎧 15 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by astralpen ➑️
I used it on a Larry Carleton, Robert Fripp and dimed tweed champ distortion sound. Worked perfectly for each. Three different guitars, three different amps: fleck arctic monkey through a 65 amps lil' Elvis, Les Paul through an Indigo McD and a tele custom through the tweed...
Nice!

I will try it.

Best regards.

delcosmos.
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