I tried searching, didn't turn up anything of promise, forgive me if this has been discussed already. Essentially, I feel that the topic of micing an amp has pretty much been boiled down to a science on this forum. There's no shortage of information on that here. What I can't seem to find, is a good guide to mic'ing vocals that discusses placement. So perhaps I just need to ask. The vocalist is female, singing clean prog metal type stuff...I feel like she sounds like a cross between Annette Olzon and Katy Perry. We have for recording an SM58 into an M-Audio Fast Track...we actually have the mic in a closet surrounded by clothing, which seems to tame the admittedly bad room acoustics rather nicely. What I struggle with, though, is actually figuring out the optimal placement, you know? There's not some infamous "inch off grill, inch off center" kind of thing for this stuff. I've tried searching around on Google, found a lot of people saying six inches back is optimal, but then I found people HERE saying that no more than two inches is optimal. Then another person contradicted that, saying it would cause too much proximity effect through something like a 58, which seems to echo my experience. Are there any definitive starting ideas you guys would be willing to share? P.S. Sorry for my English.