Here’s how I used to approach mic placement in my home studio when I was getting started: I’d put the mic where I thought it should go, get some signal, and then say “Well it sounds alright to me,” and I’d hit the record button. But the big problem here is that I was doing what so many of us beginners do: we settle.
We put up a mic on our guitar amp and say “Well it sounds like a guitar amp!” and then move on. It wasn’t until further along in my quest for sonic greatness that I stumbled on the simple hack to avoid this complacency and ignorance. And I’d like to share it with you today.
The Two Position Rule
When I first began recording I thought mic technique was simple: just put the mic in front of your sound source and hit record. The better the mic and preamp, the better the sound, right? Boy was I wrong. Although not difficult, mic technique is less about the gear you use and more about getting the mic already have in the optimal spot for the desired sound in your head. And as we looked at earlier this week, there are multiple ways to get more out of your current lineup of mics.
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