I have some strange questions for you all.
I’m planning on writing a song for my wife kind of as a surprise (depending on when I finish it). I primarily play country music and acoustic guitar. I’m planning on “stretching” with this and writing a rock song for my wife (she likes rock, mostly). I’m planning on making it either in a hard rock or power metal style (a lot of fifth chords, for instance) if at all possible. I would try to go “old school” Metallica (black album and back) style, but I’m nowhere near that talented. I’m barely talented enough for the music I do try to do myself.
So I have a couple of questions about micing amps.
I have the following mics to choose from:
- AKG P170
The P170 and MK319 are condensers.
I have two amps, both are Crate amps. One is a small 10 watt amp, the other is a 30 watt amp. I’d like to get a completely different amp, but that’s for another thread and another day.
I’ll be doing this in my garage, and don’t want to crank my amps too loudly. I don’t want to attract attention.
I won’t be releasing this song, obviously, and it’ll be a “one-off”. So is there a particular mic/amp combination you would use in this scenario? I’m probably going to use the MK319 for vocals, though I may go with the 58.
Although as far as micing an amp goes, I’m wondering if I couldn’t just run directly from my guitar, to my amp, to my audio interface, into Audacity, and just record that way.
Also, I have two guitars I’m thinking about using for this, at least for the guitar parts. I’d rather use one or the other, but I could, in theory, use both.
One is a Fender Telecaster, and the other is a Gibson LPJ. So for an application like this, is it then just about “what sounds good to me”? I could really see this performed with either guitar.
I do have a bass guitar, too, and I’m probably going to come up with a relatively simple bass line for it (probably, again, based around roots and fifths), mainly because I’m not good at bass, either. As far as drums for the song, I’m probably gonna put together a drum track with Hydrogen.
Thoughts? Tips? Suggestions?