How To Record Electric Guitar With the KU4

Audio Samples and Techniques Using the AEA KU4

Extensive, detailed top-end and a supercardioid polar pattern make the KU4 a great choice to capture the sound of an electric guitar. The KU4 is the brightest AEA mic in the line and performs well across any genre and in almost any recording environment.

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Close Miking

To effectively record electric guitar, we recommend positioning the KU4 1 to 12 inches from the center of the speaker. Low-end proximity effect can be controlled by moving the microphone closer or farther from an amp. The KU4’s supercardioid polar pattern allows greater flexibility in placement by rejecting excessive bleed from other instruments while isolating the desired source signal.

The near-field design of the KU4 allows it to be positioned quite near the source, similar to a conventional dynamic microphone. Internal mechanics roll-off the low end of a signal before it reaches the ribbon, yielding balanced response between 4 and 18 inches from the source. The ribbon within the KU4 is well protected by precision fabric and is virtually impervious to loud volumes and can take 140dB SPL at 1 kHz.

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