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Tips & Techniques:Elec Gtr - - SM7 trick

Recently, a lot of people have been recording guitars with one dynamic and one ribbon. Usually a SM57 and a Royer R-121. I have found great success with (2) SM7b mics.

What I do is take the grill off one of them to expose the metal and the capsule (yes the foam grill on your SM7b pops right off and can easily be put back on). I position that mic in the center of the 12" speaker approx. 1-2" back. Then I take another SM7b and seat it to the right of the foam-less mic so it is position on the edge of the same speaker cone at the same (1-2") distance. The center SM7b is brighter since it no longer has the foam and the other one is darker. The SM7b is a thick sounding mic that can take a lot of SPL, so it is easy to eq and sounds great! I usually record with Neve 1073, or 1081 micpre/eqs and no compression. For thick heavy guitars, I usually prefer this mic setup over the R-121 and 57 setup. Taking the grill off the SM7b opens up a new world and makes them sound like (2) different microphones that complement each other very well. I hope you get to try it some time!!
Created by 84K, 5th March 2008 at 09:25 AM
Last edited by mw, 27th March 2012 at 03:05 PM
Last comment by robbie_rekless on 25th September 2008 at 08:09 AM
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Old 25th September 2008
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if you like doing the 57 - r121 thing on gtr, (i do too) switch out your 57 for a shure unidyne. They are the father to the 57 and sound SO much better. the output is lower so you dont need to pad as much, (a good thing in my book) and there wicked cheep on ebay cuz no one knows what they are. If you cant find one you can take your 57, (older ones are better) and remove the transformer, (theres an articile in tapeop on how to do this) and you'll get close to the rule gtr sound your looking for

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