2 Ways to Record Electric Guitar with Spire Studio

By Ben Andre, Spire Contributor | November 27, 2018

Recording Electric Guitar with Spire Studio

If you’re a guitar player, you know how important a great electric guitar sound is. Let’s take a look at two ways to record electric guitar for a great sound with Spire Studio.

Mic up your amp

If you have a guitar amp and love the way it sounds, the thing to do is mic up your amp, a traditional and time tested way to record.

Here’s what to do:

1. Create a new project

2. Place your Spire Studio 6” in front of your amp’s speaker

3. Hit Soundcheck on your Spire Studio, and play your guitar to have it automatically set your level

4. Start recording

Here’s a short example of a guitar amp recorded with Spire Studio’s built in mic:

One of the great things about micing up your amp is that it provides you with a few tools to tailor your sound beyond just the amp itself.

One way to tailor your sound is by positioning your Spire Studio at different distances from your amp to find your preferred balance of room sound (that is, how much reverberance from your room makes it into the mic). The further away you place your Spire Studio, the more room sound, and the closer you place it, the less. Of course, not all rooms sound great, so you may want to experiment with which rooms and positionings sound the best for your song.

Another way to fine tune your sound is by experimenting with your Spire Studio positioning relative to your speaker. Placing it closer to the outside edge of the speaker captures a warmer sound, while placing it closer to the center captures a brighter and more present sound. Just note that the difference in sound from these positionings will be more pronounced the closer to the speaker your Spire Studio is.

Pro tip: Your amp’s speaker cone isn’t always located in the center of the grille! Try shining your phone’s flashlight right up against the tolex to locate its position if you’re not sure where it is.

Plug directly into your Spire Studio

Another great (and quieter) way to record electric guitar is to plug it directly into your Spire Studio and take advantage of its great-sounding amp simulator recording effects.

Here’s what to do:

1. Create a new project

2. Plug your guitar directly into Spire Studio’s ¼” jack

3. Hit Soundcheck and play your guitar to have it automatically set your level

4. Choose your favorite recording effect and tweak the settings to your liking

5. Start recording

Here’s a short example of a guitar recorded direct into Spire Studio with the Verb ‘65 Amp effect:

Left to right: Verb ‘65 amp effect | Tube 30 amp effect | Bass amp effect
Left to right: Verb ‘65 amp effect | Tube 30 amp effect | Bass amp effect

As with everything that comes with music and recording, we have to make a lot of choices about how we do things. From where to set the tone knob on our amp, to which pickup to use, to how to position the mic, or even if we should use a mic as all, it can all be overwhelming. The most important thing is to not get too caught up in these things and just to create.