I have been capturing a few of my pedals since I got the QC and while I’m still perfecting that process, I am beginning to think about how I shall best approach the task of capturing my various amp heads separately, i.e. without cab and mic etc, so that I can freely combine with IRs or other captures afterwards.
Not to start a theoretical discussion on the interaction between the observer and the observed or even quoting Niels Bohr, I guess it is pretty obvious that an amp is hard to capture at working conditions without it being connected to some kind of load with which it inevitably interacts and which impacts the sound. Accordingly, my question is; how can this be done as neutral as possible in practice?
The manual proposes two ways of capturing amps, i.e. to mic it up in the traditional way using a normal cab and a mic or to use the direct/recording out of the amp. I guess both will work fine per se, but neither method seem ideal if you ultimately want to capture the “pure” amp sound for the purpose of combining it with another cab/mic/IR. Obviously, I could use one of my external attenuators too, which all sound great, but are also not particularly neutral sounding by default at least.
I am sure, I’m not the first to think about this, but I didn’t find the info I was looking for, so I thought I’d throw the question into the round here so we can share best practice on the matter.
Anyone who would care to share how they do it?