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Tips & Techniques:Elec Gtr and Bass - Multi-Mic Phase Alignment

When recording an amplified instrument with more than one close mic, send a click track through the amplifier (this can be achieved any number of ways; I prefer using an MPC-style click feeding the head's FX return). You can use this click to either visually line the tracks up in a DAW after they've been recorded (great for phase-aligning DI signals with microphones), or, if you blend mics to tape, flip the polarity on one mic and adjust it until the click disappears. Just be careful not to send the click in the amp too loud or you could cause some damage.

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Created by bgrotto, 12th January 2008 at 06:31 PM
Last edited by mw, 27th March 2012 at 03:05 PM
Last comment by dangoudie on 17th May 2009 at 08:49 PM
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Old 28th January 2008
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that´s a great sugestion... i´ll be sure to try it out... thanks
Old 17th May 2009
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This also works well using white noise although it does tend to screw with your sanity after a bit if you don't find the spot quickly.

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