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GUITAR CAB MIC SHOOTOUT – With Celestion, Blackstar, Zilla Cabs and sE Electronics

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1:19 – Shure SM57
4:35 – Shure SM57 TapeOp Mod
7:43 – Audix i5
10:50 – Shure SM7B
15:14 – Shure SM58
18:30 – Sennheiser MD421N
22:30 – sE Electronics VR1
25:55 – sE Electronics R1
29:32 – sE Electronics sE5
32:54 – sE Electronics sE1a
36:34 – sE Electronics Gemini II
40:24 – Blue Ball
44:16 – AKG D112
47:40 – Sennheiser e825
51:33 – Sennheiser MKH416 (WARNING – SOUNDS AWFUL)

This series is an attempt to show how different speakers affect guitar tone in heavy Rock and Heavy Metal. We’re showcasing Celestion speakers, namely the Vintage 30, EVH, Lynchback, K100, and Creamback M, H and Neo.

The guitar parts used are from “Daemons” by The Dead XIII – playthrough video here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuEwG…

The guitars were recorded through Blackstar 1046L6 amps (and we took the DI tracks from after their pedal rigs) and re-amped through the same amp, with the Crunch, OD1 and OD2 channels used in the same settings as the Dead XIII guitarists used on the live performance day.

The Cabinet used was a Zilla Fatbaby 1×12 with a Celestion Vintage 30 8 Ohm.

EVERY MIC WAS PLACED AT THE EDGE OF THE CAP 1CM (roughly half an inch) AWAY (except where not possible, such as the Shure SM7B where the huge grill on the mic means the capsule was a little further back – that mic was placed as close as possible to compensate)

NO EQ WAS USED AT ALL. No compression, no nothing. If you want to EQ your guitars to fit into a mix, that’s understandable but we wanted you to know what they sound like straight off the desk.