Understanding Microphones (Guitar Lesson)


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Chris Liepe

Understanding Microphones

Chris demonstrates how microphones work and how to choose the right microphone for a specific application.

Taught by Chris Liepe in Recording and Micing seriesLength: 12:26Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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mkettlermkettler replied on August 25th, 2015

I have an Apex580 that has a pad switch -10db & -15db, what applications are these best for?

rdennyrdenny replied on August 24th, 2015

Very helpful thanks

CraigMR76CraigMR76 replied on August 29th, 2012

Great info Chris! Now I know which type of microphone I want but it's going to be tough deciding on a specific model. I never knew there were so many different mics out there.

azziazzi replied on July 9th, 2012

Hi Chris, excellent job. I have a hypercardioid, "heritage" from my brother. I think it´s even more powerful to catch sounds that comes from front than the cardioid pattern. Perfect for live situations. I have a doubt. What´s the best for vocal recordings at home studios, cardioid or hypercardioid? And why?

cyborgrabbitcyborgrabbit replied on February 13th, 2012

Dynamic mics are better for loud, screaming heavy metal vocals, right? I was going to get the Shure SM7b dynamic mic. I heard it was really good for heavy metal vocals.

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on February 20th, 2012

for non melodic screaming... yes, dynamics will work very well. I use a regular SM57 for screams. Anything with a melody... your better off with a condenser

thebraverygirlthebraverygirl replied on April 18th, 2011

Thanks for doing this series - learning so much more about recording, lots of great info!

merischinomerischino replied on April 16th, 2011

Hey Chris thank you so much for this. I have mic purchase on my backburnger, have had for a long time.Main reason for that was I didn't understand the first thing about them or my needs. This lesson really helped me out.

YucatanEdYucatanEd replied on April 16th, 2011

I finally understand what I've been doing wrong when mic-ing my amp. I've been using a condenser mic - no wonder it always sounded way too loud and I had to constantly lower the recording volume. I should have been using a dynamic mic (which I have) the whole time. But I used the condenser because it looked cooler. Thanks for disabusing me of that silliness. Looking forward to more of this series Chris!

darkailerondarkaileron replied on April 14th, 2011

I feel this series will transform me into a total recording newb to a full-fledged audiophile. Thanks for doing these Chris! I just wish we could get some audio examples of what you've been explaining.

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on April 14th, 2011

that would have been a good idea for this lesson... talking around the mic to demonstrate the different polar patterns... Maybe we'll add that to the supplemental content here soon

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on April 14th, 2011

Audio Samples and demonstrations begin with the next lesson I believe. I actually set up mics on the guitar amps, play through them, move the mics, record things and discuss differences in the sound. We had to get some basic explanations things out of the way... now the fun shall begin :)

Recording and Micing

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Understanding the basics to recording and micing your guitar can help you develop as a musician. Gain a grasp on how to create your own personal studio



Lesson 1

Introduction and Getting Started

Welcome to lesson 1 of the Recording and Micing series! Here Chris provides some information essential to getting your home studio up and running.

Length: 15:50 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Setting Up Your Space

Setting up your space for optimal audio recording and play back is key to creating a successful home studio. Chris explains how to create the best possible environment in this lesson.

Length: 27:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Understanding Microphones

Chris demonstrates how microphones work and how to choose the right microphone for a specific application.

Length: 12:26 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Direct Recording

Chris explains how to successfully record through some direct recording techniques. When done correctly, you can record a clean signal from your guitar with no microphones.

Length: 8:33 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Electric Guitar / Amp Micing Techniques

Chris liepe unlocks the wonders of micing an electric guitar amplifier. He explains how to find a speaker's "sweet spot" as well as the differences in tone between various common micing techniques.

Length: 21:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Acoustic Guitar Micing Techniques

Chris Liepe teams up with Jim Deeming to present proper acoustic guitar micing techniques. Chris covers both single and dual micing placements and explains why each position is effective for certain situations.

Length: 20:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Acoustic Recording Options

With the help of Jim's playing, Chris has rigged up Jim's guitar three different ways and demonstrates the different qualities of sound you can get by recording with a direct line in, micing the amp, micing...

Length: 6:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Layering Multiple Guitar Tracks

With Jim playing 3 different sequences to overdub on top of one another, Chris will record them using 3 different micing techniques with 2 different guitars to create 1 final track.

Length: 14:07 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Effects Signal Routing

Chris takes a step back from electric and acoustic micing to demonstrate the proper way to route your effects to achieve the best possible sound.

Length: 14:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Direct Guitar Recording (Using a DAW)

Chris uses a Pro Tools session to demonstrate not only how to create a solid lead guitar sound within your home DAW, but how the basic tools and tips that he demonstrates can be applied to any software...

Length: 30:12 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Direct Guitar EQ Basics

Chris Liepe reveals the basics of how to properly understand and utilize EQ tools within a DAW to define and enrich your overall guitar sound.

Length: 40:17 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud JamPlay.com instructors.

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