Recording Electric Guitar Video Series with Ross Hogarth and Tim Pierce

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Grammy winning Engineer/Producer Ross Hogarth and session guitarist extraordinare Tim Pierce joined us to create an 8-part video series featuring an in-depth look at Hogarth’s electric guitar miking techniques. These videos are an excellent opportunity for recording engineers at all levels to learn new methods or brush up on some great guitar miking techniques.

 

Recording Electric Guitar, with Ross Hogarth and Tim Pierce. Session 1 of 8.
Divided by 13 amplifier into a Marshall 4-12 cabinet.

Introduction to blending a Royer Labs R-121 ribbon microphone with a Shure SM57 dynamic mic on electric guitar.

 

Recording Electric Guitar with Ross Hogarth & Tim Pierce. Session 2.
Marshall JCM 800 amplifier into a Marshall 4-12 cabinet.

R-121 and SM57 blend vs R-101 & SM57 blend

Two microphone blends are compared; a Royer Labs R-101 ribbon microphone and Shure SM57 dynamic mic, and a Royer R-121 ribbon microphone and Shure SM57 dynamic mic.

 

Recording Electric Guitar with Ross Hogarth & Tim Pierce. Session 3.
65 Blackface Fender Deluxe

session 3

Blending a Royer Labs R-121 ribbon microphone with a Shure SM57 dynamic mic on a combo amp.

 

Recording Electric Guitar with Ross Hogarth. Session 4.

session 4

Microphone Placement Techniques

In this video, Ross demonstrates his dual microphone positioning techniques on a guitar cabinet, then uses an open speaker to clearly show where to put mics and why he likes these positions.

 

Recording Electric Guitar with Ross Hogarth & Tim Pierce. Session 5.
Supro combo with 15-inch speaker.

Session 5

Another example of blending a Royer Labs R-121 ribbon microphone and a Shure SM57 dynamic mic, this time on a beautiful Supro combo amp with a 15-inch speaker. Very nice, warm vibrato on this amp.

 

Recording Electric Guitar with Ross Hogarth & Tim Pierce. Session 6.
Diezel head into a Marshall 4-12 cabinet.

In this video with Tim playing drop-tuned guitar, we compare an R-121 & 57 blend and an R-101 & 57 blend on a cranked up Diezel head through a 4-12 Marshall cabinet.

 

Recording Electric Guitar with Ross Hogarth & Tim Pierce. Session 7.
Magnatone Stereo Combo Amp

Session 7

Ross uses the R-121 & 57 blend on a great old Magnatone stereo combo amp, with an SF-24 stereo ribbon microphone centered 1-ft back from the amp to capture excellent stereo guitar tones.

 

Recording Electric Guitar with Ross Hogarth & Tim Pierce. Session 8.
Supro combo with 6-inch speaker.

Session 8

This video of an R-121 ribbon microphone on a Supro combo amp shows the amazing tone and size you can get from properly miking a small amplifier.

 

Mark Holdaway

Kalimba – R-122V

Recorded and mixed by Tim Weed
Recorded at Banjambo Studio.

Recording chain: R-122V’s to Prism Orpheus preamps, A/D at 24/96 into Digital Performer 5.13. No EQ or compression.

Kalimba: Two R-122V’s used on four tracks of Kalimba. Positioned slightly off axis 6″ to 10″ from small Kalimbas. Two R-122V’s on Bass Kalimba, one at 6″ centered for proximity effect and one at 5′ directly above.

“Star Hop” (Mark Holdaway)

 

 

 

Pirates of the Caribbean Score

Drum Overhead – R-122V

Score recorded and mixed by Alan Meyerson
Recorded at Sony Scoring Stage, Culver City, CA.

Recording chain: R-122V’s to Grace 801 preamps. Recorded to Pro Tools HD using Digi 192 converters.

Isolated drum tracks excerpted from the Pirates of the Caribbean score. Three drummers (Vinnie Colaiuta, Abe Laboriel Jr. and JR Robinson) playing simultaneously with nothing but one R-122V over each kit and a kick drum mic on each kit.

Drummers: Vinnie Colaiuta, Abe Laboriel Jr., JR Robinson

a) Isolated drums: overhead and kick mics only.

 

b) Same track as “a,” with room mics added.

 

 

Alan Meyerson

Woodwinds – R-122V

Recorded and mixed by Alan Meyerson
Recorded at Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London, England.

Woodwind Section: Two R-122V’s on woodwind overheads.

Recording chain: R-122V’s to Neve 1081 preamps to Apogee 8016 converters to Pro Tools HD. No eq or compression.

From Alan Meyerson’s “Scoregasm” Music Library recordings.


LAGQ

Acoustic Guitar, Classical – R-122V
Flute – R-121

Recorded and mixed by Robert Friedrich
Recorded at Skywalker Sound Studios, San Rafael, CA.

Acoustic Guitar: Four guitars recorded with four R-122V’s. Mics 1 to 2 ft from guitars.
Flute: One R-121 on flute, at 1 ft distance.

Recording chain: All mics fed to AEA TRP mic preamps, then directly to Sonoma DSD recorder (console was bypassed).

“Mas Que Nada” (Spanish Lyric Version – Jorge Ben/Emily Cranz) Peer International Corp. (BMI)

 

 

 

Paul Galbraith

Classical Guitar – R-122V

Recorded and mixed by Al Schmitt
Recorded at Capitol Studios (Studio A), Hollywood, CA.

Recording chain: All mics into Upstate Audio preamps and direct to Pro Tools HD at 24/192.

Classical Guitar: Two R-122V’s as main mics on solo classical guitar, approximately 3 ft high, 30 inches apart and 3 ft back from the guitarist. AKG C-12’s as room mics and Sennheiser MKH-800’s as ambient mics.

a) “Presto from Piano Sonata #2 in F major” (Mozart)

 

b) “Bajo La Palmera” (Isaac Albeniz)

 

 

 

Allen Toussaint – Full Mix and Isolated Tracks

Piano – SF-24
Upright Bass – R-122V

Recorded and mixed by Kevin Killen. Producer, Joe Henry.
Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, NY.

Recording Chain:
Piano – SF-24 positioned at the edge of the piano lid, center of the piano. SF-24 into Neve 8088 console preamps. 1 dB boost at 16K using Millennia NSEQ-2 stereo equalizer in tube setting. Recorded to ProTools.
Upright Bass – R-122V into Neve 8088 console preamp. 1/2 dB boost at 12K using a Pultec EQP-1A, and 1 dB compression. Recorded to ProTools.

“That’s My Home” (Sydney Robin)

a) Full Mix

 
 

b) Isolated Piano: SF-24 on piano


 
 

c) Isolated Upright Bass: R-122V on upright bass


String Quartet – Microphone Comparisons

Strings – SF-24, R-122, R-122V
Microphone Comparisons – SF-24, R-122, R-122V, Schoeps CMC6-U small diaphragm condensers.

Engineer: Ron Searles
Recorded at CBC Studios, Toronto, Canada

During an AES event in Toronto Canada, a cluster of microphones was set up over a string quartet for listening and making comparisons. The cluster included one SF-24, two R-122’s, two R-122V’s, and two Schoeps CMC6-U’s (set for omni), 6 ft high and 8 ft back from a string quartet.

Recording Chain: All mics fed into Universal Audio 8110 preamps. Recorded flat with no EQ or compression to ProTools at 96K.

Special thanks to Dave Dysart, HHB Canada for arranging the event.

a) Single SF-24

 

b) Pair of R-122’s

 

c) Pair of R-122V’s

 

d) Pair of Schoeps CMC6-U’s

Jamie Laval & Ashley Broder – Full Mixes and Isolated Tracks

Mandolin – SF-24 (one side of microphone only), R-122V
Fiddle – R-122V

1) “The Bridge of Cally” (Jamie Laval)

Engineer: Jay Manneschmidt

Instruments recorded live, within 6 ft of each other, with separation achieved by using microphone’s null points.

Recording chain: SF-24 and R-122V through Gordon preamps, into Lavry Gold A/D converters and recorded into Sequoia/Samplitude at 88.2 KHz. No EQ used.

1 a) Full Mix

 

 

1 b) Mandolin
Mandolin: SF-24 (only one side used, for a mono recording) twelve inches from mandolin, pointed at the 12th fret.

 

 

Violin
Violin: R-122V twenty-two inches away from violin, slightly above the strings and 45 degrees left of center from the “F” holes.

 

 

2) “Levantine’s Spinning Barrel” (Laval, Broder)

Engineer: Peter Cutler.

Recorded during live broadcast on the Los Angeles radio show FolkScene.

Mandolin & Fiddle: Two R-122V’s; one in front of the mandolin (pointing at neck/body joint) and one above the fiddle. The null points of each mic were positioned to reject bleed, giving each instrument isolation from the other while being played in close proximity. (See photos)

 

 

 

Devotchka – Full Mix and Isolated Tracks

Violin – R-122V
Strings – R-122V

Recorded and mixed by Craig Schumacher
Recorded at Wavelab, Tucson, AZ.

Recording chain: R-122V’s into True Systems preamps. no compression or EQ. Recorded to Pro Tools.

“Transliterator” (Devotchka, Urata)

a) Full Mix

 

 

b) Isolated Violin: Stereo pair of R-122V’s over a violin

 

 

c) Isolated String Section: Stereo pair of R-122V’s over a string section.