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Dual miking in Torpedo Remote and Wall of Sound
This is the most talked-about technique when miking an amp, but what makes it so great? It gives more depth to your tone through the combination of placing the mic at different locations around the cabinet.
We have all tried recording our beloved amp in our music room, at home. Not many of us have the luxury of having two different microphones of great quality, enough inputs on the interface, and enough time to set up all the equipment. With the DynIR technology, you can easily dual-mic your amp. The following steps will give you the right start to get your best amp tone ever.
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Dual miking is the first step in eq-ing your guitar sound. Each DynIR cabinet comes with a dedicated collection of 8 mics. With Torpedo hardware such as the Torpedo C.A.B. M+ and Captor X, you will be able to use two mics on a single cabinet.
- Start by choosing a mic that you are used to for Mic A. If you do not have much knowledge in miking, select a dynamic mic such as the Dyn57 (inspired by the Shure SM57). This mic has a nice grit, great mids, and is a good starting point. It is also the mic you are most used to listen on records and at shows.
- Mute Mic B, the reverb, the EQ, and all the other effects.
- Move Mic A around the cabinet until you found the place where most of the tone you wish to have. Mic A will be the foundation of your sound. Picture in your head what is missing in your tone now (you need more bass or more presence, etc.). Mic A's level is at 0 dB for the right gain structure.
- Unmute Mic B and choose a mic. Place it close to the cabinet, and scroll them one by one until you find one that has the characteristics your tone is missing right now.
- Move Mic B around the cabinet to get the part of tone you need (more bass or more presence, for example). Once found, turn the level of Mic B all the way down.
- Unmute mic A. Raise the level of Mic B until you start feeling it, slightly hearing it. Mute Mic B occasionally to hear its contribution to your overall tone. Chances are you will not have the same level for Mic A and Mic B, and this is normal.
You now have your global sound with dual-miking. You will now add reverb and the other effects should you need some more subtle adjustments.
Spread your sound around in Wall of Sound
When recording with a single mic, you will get precision. The sound is precisely in one spot in the mix. If you pan at 9 o’clock, there is no mistaking where the track is. But there is no width to the sound.
Dual-miking helps you get more width by spreading your guitar track through 2 mics with Wall of Sound. You will lose some of the precision of where the guitar is in the mix, but it will wrap the listener depending on how much you spread it. It is the easiest way to use dual miking. To get your global sound with two mics, you will go through all the steps outlined above. You will fine-tune the width of your guitar sound with the pan knob.