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    How to record electric guitars

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    Use a real amp - preferably one with tubes
    Turn it up as loud as you, your neighbors, and the law can stand
    Mic the speaker(s)
    Press record
    Play well
    Done

    Anything less is unacceptable

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    Sorry, is this a question? Shame this only applies to some genres of music.
    Is the amp important to the guitarist? I know quite a few who record the output of their guitar and pedals, and NOT the amps contribution.
    Miking speakers is fine, if it does a good job, the cab doesn't rattle, and the room adds nothing.
    I like to adjust the levels before I press record, but hey - maybe it doesn't matter.
    Play well could be a problem if it's turned up to Spinal Tap levels.
    Do it again, and again and again, and at some point say it's done - even though you know it isn't, but want to keep your sanity!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    Shame this only applies to some genres of music.
    Bullshit. Everything you just said is defeatist, settling for mediocre bullshit. Name one genre that it doesn't apply to. Go ahead. Name one genre where recording good guitar tracks doesn't require a good amp working at peak performance while being played well. Name one legendary guitarist or guitar track done without any "amp contribution". If a little bit of volume intimidates you and makes you play poorly, then just stop and do something else. You're not ready to record anything.

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    Yeah, I'm going t stop using an amp because it might rattle.
    Last edited by RAMI; 04-26-2015 at 14:46.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    Is the amp important to the guitarist?
    In my humble opinion, the amp is very important to the guitarist, as much so as the guitar itself....

    And, FWIW, my 4x12 cab recently developed a rattle in one of the handles on the side, so I took a screwdriver & tightened it up...done...took about 2 minutes to fix, if that long.....

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    Seriously guys. Don't even bother. Trust me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAMI View Post
    Seriously guys. Don't even bother. Trust me.
    Advice taken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAMI View Post
    Seriously guys. Don't even bother. Trust me.
    Lol seerously lik good on rami lol
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    Went out yesterday all day long and spent 125 quid on a bender (not literally a bender )

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    Be careful guys, loud noises will scare you and make you play badly.

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    I was watching an interview with Eddie Van Halen, he was talking about how he used a transformer with a pot to regulate the voltage (between 70 volts-90) so he could get the sound he wanted, but at a lower volume by regulating how much AC the amp received.

    Any of you guys tried that?
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