Topic: DI vs Room Mic vs Direct Mic vs Line Out
I'm now in a position where I can record 8 simultaneous tracks, so I've been doing some experimenting with various recording setups, and now I can do blind tests.
I ran my Epiphone Dot directly to my Kustom 12 Tube. From the amp I ran the Line Out to one channel, and then I set up a CAD GXL 2200 Condenser Mic about 4' from the amplifier cone and ran that into another. Then I played some noodles with the amp set up clean and compared the results.
The were striking. The room mic required no reverb or any other post processing at all. The Line Out DI sounded like what you would expect from a DI recording. Kind of flat and in need of verb to give the tone some space.
When I get some more XLRs, I'll close mic the amp with my Shure SM-58 just for comparisons sake, and find a way to post the results so you can hear them. In the mean time, I'm a fan of large condenser mics.