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Old 01-31-2018, 02:18 PM   #11
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I'll do a small TL;DR:

(1) You want to record your amp and it's got no DI out or similar. In studio situations, sometimes there's more than one mic (e.g. one mic directly on the speaker cone, another mic on a different speaker midway between cone and rim) so that you can mix the different sounds together to your liking.

(2) Your amp is not loud enough for the gig you are playing. The sound engineer mics it into the PA.
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:33 PM   #12
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The purpose of miking an amp is so that you can record it a dozen different ways, none of which sound like what you hear.
I once attached a microphone to a hat so that it would pick up the same sound that my ear gets. It still sounded different.
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:41 PM   #13
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Another thing that came to mind. From the guitarists I speak to and the ones I follow on YouTube, I feel like the trend goes towards carrying less gear to and from gigs.

I might be wrong but I think I recall Dream Theaters John Petrucci recently say that he's not a big fan of huge 4x12 stacks anymore, and he's going into a single 2x12 that's properly mic'd into the PA. Saves a lot of hassle and costs (in both acquisition and logistics).
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:03 PM   #14
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FYI, just because an amp has a direct output for recording doesn't mean you should not consider mic'ing the cabinet. You can actually get very different sounds. In fact the best my amp (which has a DI) ever sounded was mic'ed up, not by me but by a sound guy who really knew what he was doing. When I heard the recording later, I could hardly believe it was my amp.
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Old 01-31-2018, 11:09 PM   #15
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A couple of reasons for putting a mic in front of an amp.

Not all amps have a dedicated line out that can connect directly to a recording or PA system. A mic is the only way to get the amp's sound into a recording or PA system in this situation.

The reason for putting the mic so close to the amp is so the mic does not pick up a lot of "room noise" such as the sound of other amps and/or drums, or sound echoing/reflecting off the walls and ceiling of the room. The closer to the speaker you put the mic, the less sound the mic will pick up from other sources.

If you are playing in an area where you are not recording and the volume of the amp by itself is loud enough for the audience to hear it properly, you don't need a mic.
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Old 02-01-2018, 12:58 AM   #16
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FYI, just because an amp has a direct output for recording doesn't mean you should not consider mic'ing the cabinet. You can actually get very different sounds. In fact the best my amp (which has a DI) ever sounded was mic'ed up, not by me but by a sound guy who really knew what he was doing. When I heard the recording later, I could hardly believe it was my amp.
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Old 02-01-2018, 03:38 PM   #17
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I mic my 15 watt amp for almost all my gigs. Much better distribution of sound and I am not blowing away the chick singer standing next to me a I get a mix of sound from the amp when I stand near it, and from my monitor when I am on the mic singing.

The few times I have been on a good recording studio they miced the amp as well, experimenting with different mics and positions to get the sound the engineer/producer was after.
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