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    I currently have a few SM57's that I've been using for just about everything. I still am not getting the sound I want from the 57's. Does anybody know what type of condensor mic would sound good micing a Crate amp?

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    I had the same problem, my sm57 wasn't giving me the sound I wanted. I switched to a Sennheiser MD421...MUCH better.

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    For about $550, the AT4050 is a great instrument condenser that can tolerate higher db's.

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    Your tone might not be the mic, but the amp. I'm sure Crate's are not really considered the best quality amps. The absolute BEST deal in amps is an early 70's Fender Deluxe Reverb. You can go to a guitar show and get one for about $550 or 500. They're only 15 watts, but the thing smokes. It's not really loud enough for practicing with a band (You need a Vibroloux for that, it's about 15 watts more), but for practicing at home and recording without drums at the same time it's absolutely the best. To elaborate a little more about the Vibroluox, it's similar to the Deluxe Reverb but it weighs considerably more. It's going to run you about $100 or 150 more, but for most people, it's worth it. I think I've rambled enough now (I'm a guitar and ampaholic). GOOD LUCK!

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    Before I'd spend $$$ on an expensive mic to record a Crate amp, I'd put my money on a Line6 POD. Its less than a good mic($275)and
    you'll get better tones and more flexibility than with the crate, no matter what mic you use.

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    Thanks for all the great responses. I already own the POD, but for some reason I still don't get the best tones. I use the POD direct A.I.R, but it still doesn't sound good. Could it be because I'm going from an analog mixer to digital sound card?

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    LTG:
    Here's the big question.
    Do You like the POD tones you get using as a practice amp ( i.e. no line outs ) and if so, do you get the same tones when recording ? If not, somethings not hooked up correctly. If you don't get the stereo line outs into your mixer correctly, the POD tones will be squashed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkbolivianwonde View Post
    But I would say the MXL 990 is a cheap condenser mic, and it does a nice job.
    It's a pretty grainy sounding mic...though I guess if you like the extra grit in your tone, it could work. I bought one during an MF sell-off a few years back...tried it...put it back in its plastic box, and it sits waaaaaaay in the back of my mic locker.

    Try a Cascade Fat Head ribbon...not expensive, but much better for electric guitars/cabs.

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    about the amps

    MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shock Mount. Inexpensive and does a nice job. Now about the guitar kid amp comment, I guess I'm a little late to this tread, but in case anyone stumbles onto it, The princeton reverb is the 15 watt amp, the Deluxe reverb is 24 watts, and the Vibrolux Reverb is 35 watts. And believe me, even the little Princeton is more than capable when it comes to practicing with a band, or even small to medium gigs. I have to keep my princeton turned down to 3 or 4 so I don't drown out the rest of the band, which is a shame because the real tone starts shining at around 6 or 7. Heck, last week I saw a guy play a concert with over 1000 people in the audience, and he was using the Princeton Reverb. And if the sound gets lost on a larger stage, slap a mic on it, just to get back to what this thread is about. Maybe an MXL 990?

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