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Just did a short vid with some samples when recording with a mic/line in. Might be interesting for anyone who wants to record themselves, and wonders about how does different things sound. Its also kinda a show off of the Vox Valvetronix, all FX's and everything comes fram that amp alone. I think its pretty amazing anyway!  :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekcdBoZQ9TE


personally, I think that the mic sounds better. sounds more alive in a way. what do you think? and why?
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Re: Recording Electric guitar, Mic vs direct line recording, A/B test
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2009, 04:59:35 pm »
Direct sounds lifeless by comparison to mic. like it's missing whole frequency ranges or being played through a tiny radio speaker.

It might have something to add when mixed with a mic signal, but given the choice of one or the other, i'll always go with mic.
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Re: Recording Electric guitar, Mic vs direct line recording, A/B test
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2009, 09:55:49 pm »
mic'ed sounds better to me too; line out is a bit more... "clinical", the mic sound is wider
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Re: Recording Electric guitar, Mic vs direct line recording, A/B test
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2009, 11:48:07 pm »
+1 for the mic - definitely a fuller sound.

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Re: Recording Electric guitar, Mic vs direct line recording, A/B test
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009, 11:49:54 pm »
The mic sounds much better to me as well.

That's also a really good sounding guitar.

I still can't believe you can play that well after only two years.

Quite impressive.
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Re: Recording Electric guitar, Mic vs direct line recording, A/B test
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2009, 01:18:03 am »
Cool, good to get confirmation about my feelings. I agree with you all, gonna try to use a mic from now on. Only drawback is that in order to get a good sound, I need my amp so loud that I need headphones to protect my ears. And also I cant sit right next to it because of the feedback. but no big problem really. on the other side now I can try to record something with my acustic-ten-year-old-never-changed-strings-once-with-crazy-high-action-children-model-guitar....which might be interesting!  :D

Guitar sounds good yes, but I have to give some credit to the Vox too. For a moddeling amp, its simply wonderfull!

Thanks very much for compliments on my playing too!  :) its only two years, yes, but I have, at least the last year now, played every single day when possible. I believe that if you put enough hours and effort into it, you cant avoid getting better! its so fun to feel the improvements...soon heading into my third year of playing now...wonder what that will bring....hopefully some chicken picking ;D
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Re: Recording Electric guitar, Mic vs direct line recording, A/B test
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2009, 11:27:50 am »
Yeah, mic'ed always sounds better and so it does in this case.

If you ever feel like it, you should check out the sound samples from Thomann. On some amps they have mic and line samples for comparison. I've listened to a lot of those and have yet to find an example where the line tone is on par with the warmth and complexity of the mic tone. I suppose you'd have to have a very crappy speaker or mic to make it sound worse than the line.

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Re: Recording Electric guitar, Mic vs direct line recording, A/B test
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2009, 12:12:18 pm »
  Stick to the mic man. :)
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Re: Recording Electric guitar, Mic vs direct line recording, A/B test
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2009, 12:43:11 pm »
marcusmarkus is personally responsible for 70% of my VOX VT100 GAS...

I'm already in the "leaving subtle hints for my wife" stage

though..

the "my on being born" stage is in +-55 days as well ...
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Re: Recording Electric guitar, Mic vs direct line recording, A/B test
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2009, 12:56:34 pm »
@Linsin: thanks for the link, its interesting to hear the differences.

@LievenDV: hehe, cool! If I get a chance I'll do a quick sample of a blues tone too, so you can hear that also...Just realized its just rock and clean here. How could I forget blues!!!??? :o
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Re: Recording Electric guitar, Mic vs direct line recording, A/B test
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2009, 04:49:21 pm »
HP output is overwhelmed with hi-tones, which is awful.
If you wanna line recording, try software speakosims - amplitube 2, guitarrig 4 (you need to switch off amp emulation in the software and leave cabinet/mic emulation).
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Re: Recording Electric guitar, Mic vs direct line recording, A/B test
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2009, 04:08:30 pm »
@Linsin: thanks for the link, its interesting to hear the differences.

@LievenDV: hehe, cool! If I get a chance I'll do a quick sample of a blues tone too, so you can hear that also...Just realized its just rock and clean here. How could I forget blues!!!??? :o

you're as crazy of Slash as I am from Jimi so some blues osunds would be very welcome!
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Re: Recording Electric guitar, Mic vs direct line recording, A/B test
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2009, 06:04:16 pm »
Screw the sound, you [censored] ROCK IN THE FIRST SOLO

/mic is WAY better ;)

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Re: Recording Electric guitar, Mic vs direct line recording, A/B test
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2009, 07:14:00 pm »
hehe, thanks Warlock! I must admit that this is probably the one solo I play best. I hope to get all my playing to that level!

anyway, I did some blues/low gain tone test stuff here, as promised:

http://www.4shared.com/file/172161119/c3610ed1/blues_tone_test.html

 tried to jam a little with first the neck pickup, then bridge and some wah-ing at the end.

note: im never ever out of timing, im just..hmm..well...playing with feeling! yeah, thats it.... ;D
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Re: Recording Electric guitar, Mic vs direct line recording, A/B test
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2009, 12:05:42 pm »
hehe, thanks Warlock! I must admit that this is probably the one solo I play best. I hope to get all my playing to that level!

anyway, I did some blues/low gain tone test stuff here, as promised:

http://www.4shared.com/file/172161119/c3610ed1/blues_tone_test.html

 tried to jam a little with first the neck pickup, then bridge and some wah-ing at the end.

note: im never ever out of timing, im just..hmm..well...playing with feeling! yeah, thats it.... ;D

Neck hits the classic blues mark for me, bridge is more sort of blues-rock i feel and wah is as wah does ;D
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