Recording the Electric Guitar - The Science and the Myth
The typical starting approach at the guitar amp: Shure SM57 microphone, slightly off center of one of the cones of a driver, up close and almost touching the grille cloth. Oh, and angle the microphone a little. Ask veteran engineers why this microphone placement strategy is so common and a range of justifications follows, from seemingly scientific explanations, to vague guesses, to an honest, “I have no idea. I’ve always done it that way. Everyone does.”
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Stokowski and the Evolution of Recording Techniques
Leopold Stokowski was active as a recording artist from 1917 until 1977—virtually the entire period of the recording of music by analog technology.
Technical Committee on Recording Technology and Practices
The committee offers the expertise of its international members, representing the professional studio community, to the research, development, and manufacturing segments of the Society. It aims to collaborate with other technical committees in establishing equipment evaluation and testing procedures that reflect the real-world conditions of professional use. It seeks to evaluate and recommend procedures and practices relevant to production, as well as to suggest new tools and areas of investigation essential to the advancement of professional audio production. The committee intends to become a forum that networks members of other professional organizations.
Technical Document: Delivery of Recorded Music Projects