Building a modest mic-kit.

It’s been almost two years back in Melbourne and I’ve collected guitars, an amp and effects pedals. Slowly building up a studio again, kinda from scratch. The next logical step was to find a way to record myself.

I already have an OK firewire sound-card and Logic Pro X plus plenty of great audio plugins. I did some research about cab simulation technology (by the likes of Two Notes) and amp modelling (Fractal Audio, Line 6, Kemper, etc) but that is a very expensive way to get some audio onto my laptop.

Something felt right about choosing an analog route and it’s been a much cheaper way to document my guitar playing. I bought an sE 2200a IIC from a mate first of all, plus a mic stand for recording vocals. Then I found a secondhand Shure SM57 in great condition at Music Swop Shop and bought a small boom stand for it so I could record my amp.

I decided that I also wanted to try my hand at recording acoustic guitar so I did some Googling and found some articles on recording acoustic guitar in stereo. At first I used both the mics I owned (with an addition small boom stand) but today I picked up a new sE7 from Manny’s which I got on sale for a great price. I’ve just done a quick test with my guitarlele to see how it sounds and I have a long way to go to getting a decent sound with it, but it’s fun to have a go.

Rick Beato has a good combo amp micing video that I watched last night and I am keen to experiment with that. Rick sparked my interest in getting a Sennheiser MD421 which is now on my shopping list. I really enjoy the videos on his YouTube channel.

I think it will be super nice to have a small mic-kit in my home/bedroom studio. It seems that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have some useful mics around to play with.

sE7 and sE2200a II C with Anuenue Guitarlele

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