Mark your speaker grill for mic placement
Placing a mic ona speaker cab for recording isn’t rocket science or voodoo, but people have their preferences, sometimes with multiple mics in play. Let’s start with a basic winner though. The most commonapproach is to use a dynamic mic as they are rugged enough to place close to speakers as they can handle the high sound pressure levels. The simplest method of mic’ing an amp is to place one dynamic mic close to the speaker. Start by facing the mic directly at the centre of the speaker (or one of the speakers if there are two), almost touching the grille cloth. Keep the mic at that distance and now experiment through the monitor headphones in moving it from the centre of the speaker’s cone to the edge of it. The changes you make now greatly affect the tone. Dead centre will be a direct, punchy tone but positioning to the edge of the cone will produce a darker tonality. Angling the mic up to 45° will also affect the tone. Experimentation is key to fine tuning here. And once you’ve found your ideal spot, it’s worth marking on the speaker cloth with tape for future reference.