Room mics with Wall of Sound

Room mics with Wall of Sound

Did you know that you can add up to 50 cabinets in the Wall of Sound on a single guitar track? Sounds way too much doesn't it? and you are right.

But adding more cabinets on one guitar tracks can give you access to professionnal studio miking techniques.

Reverb vs Room miking

Reverb is by definition the sound that one space makes when excited by an audio source.

Room miking is a technique used to record the sound of the amp blasting in a space (usually a studio room or a hall) with a microphone or 2 microphones placed far away from the amp to record the sound of the space. In a certain way it is a reverb but in a mix it is a technique used to give more air and width to a guitar track while keeping the presence of the track.

The difference between reverb and room mics comes from that usually a reverb can be completely decorrelated from the original recording. For example, you have recorded your guitar amp in a small living room, and use a cathedral as your reverb. Room mics would be the sound of the living room with the amp playing.

Create Room mics with the WoS

To create room mics in the Wos it is a very simple procedure.

You add 2 more cabinets in your WoS instance. You will then have 4 cabinets running at the same time. The upper line of cabinets will be our close miked cabinets.The bottom line are going to be the far miked cabinet.

WOS room mics 1

Choose the 4 same cabinets and the same room.

Wos Room mics 2

For the 2 added cabinets, choose the same microphones. Usually room mics are condenser mics.

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Place the microphone the further away from the cabinet and the most off centre as possible.

Pan one cabinet hard left, and the other hard right .

Wos room mics pan

Set the level of each room miked cabinets so that you can feel them, hear them a bit, but they do not interfere with your closed miked sound.

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And there you have your room mics in the WoS.

Here are preset examples with room mics.