"The Integral is a very exciting new product especially for sound engineers and those that are looking to mic up guitar cabinets"
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Integral Microphone vs Shure SM57! @The Guitar Show 2018
Richard Smith of INTEGRAL Close Miking from SamSyetems
Sam Systems 2012 Ltd was formed in the UK in 2012 as its title suggests. The company was created to design, test and manufacture a new concept in close miking for Guitar combos and speaker cabs and the product subsequently came into being and was branded INTEGRAL. The brand was first launched at the Frankfurt Musikmesse in 2017 to great acclaim with product becoming available in July of that year...
Miking up amplifiers on stage to go through the mixing desk to the Public Address system has always been a major logistical exercise, with switchovers and different bands requiring different setups. Then there’s the effect - stands and boom arms appearing from every conceivable corner, not to mention the need for an army of space..stage crew. And that’s all before you find the ‘sweet spot’ with each individual amp face! Now all that tiresome and frustrating procedure could be a thing of the past...
There's consistency of sound every time!
Samsystems’ Integral IM10 - IM12 is billed as an alternative concept to conventional close-cabinet
miking methods and received positive reviews at Musikmesse in Frankfurt.
For over 60 years, guitar players and sound technicians have struggled with the whole perception of miking up a guitar cab or guitar combo, and are all too familiar with the related pitfalls that occur, both live and in the studio.
These include time to set up awkward weighty mike stands, far too long spent with sound engineers at sound checks to find the sweet spot, the drooping mike stand and more recently, installing sound-deflecting screens to eradicate overspill from other instruments. Installed in minutes as a ‘fit and forget’ concept...
Problems solved with Samsystems Integral concept!
The advantages are so obvious one must ask why nobody has done this before!
At close range, microphone placement is a big variable to consider, with audible differences from a centimetre or two of movement, so all it takes is a small nudge to turn a great guitar sound into one that’s mediocre. It’s something that can easily be fixed in a recording studio, but on a live stage, it’s a last-minute repair at the desk, leaving the guitarist with an onstage tone that’s less than ideal and resulting in a less involved performance.
So consistency from one night to the next is very desirable and now there’s a way to achieve it with the new IM integral microphone system from SamSystems.
Save setup time and space on busy stages with this crafty guitar-amp miking solution!
Miking a guitar amp, whether live or in the studio, is a blend of art and science. The SamSystems Integral 10 and Integral 12 models offer a convenient alternative to setting up a mic and then hunting for the best mic position. As their names might imply, the Integral 12 is designed for use with a 12-inch speaker and the Integral 10 for a 10-inch speaker, but they seem identical in other respects. In essence, the Integral offers a way to close-mic a speaker from inside the cabinet but with the mic still in front of the speaker cone. Installation is simple...