Mic set ups for your bands.

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Mic set ups for your bands.

Post by Basshawg » Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:45 pm

O.K.,
Here's another topic of conversation. Do you use single mics to sing into, or condenser? Maybe I should say, what is your preference. I know at some venues, you don't have a choice. But, if you did, what would it be??

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Post by kay8013 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:32 pm

We prefer 3 large diaphragm condensers,

One in the middle, a little over four and a half feet high for vocals which also picks up the guitar pretty well,

The other two, one on either side of the middle one, about three feet out, and about waist high for the banjo, dobro & mando.

If the venue is right, the combo above will pick up my bass, if not, I'll use an SM 58 in my home made rig over the sound hole, or simply in the tail piece.

We've tried multiple mics, and its always a struggle for us to hear each other. :?
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Re: Mic set ups for your bands.

Post by ElwoodGruff » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:23 am

We have 2 setups.

SMALL VENUES ad Street Fairs:
1 or 2 Condenser Mics (depends on the room etc) for vocals and all other instruments and my Bass through my Acoustic Image


LARGER or louder VENUES (most of our shows):
4 Separate vocal mics
2 Instrument Mics (Openback Banjo & Washboard)
Guitar, Mando, and 3 Finger Banjo all have pickups and are run direct
Bass through the AI


What do I prefer??
Well, I'm one of the 2 who does 99% of the PA so I prefer the first setup since it requires less work. :D
But it is much easier on my voice when we are using individual vocal mics and I don't have to compete with a banjo and a D-28 for volume. :D

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Post by bustamelon » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:44 am

Almost always separate mics for every voice and every instrument. It's a bit of a PITA to setup every time but it allows for the most control, and we're not well-versed at dancing around a single mic. :)
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Post by lowendrick » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:57 am

Well, I'm playing with about 4 bands these days and they each prefer something different. I like it best when a band is focused around a large condensor even if we supplement with some additional instrument mics. That seems to be the most common setup I experience these days. It does require good coereography (sp?) and its often more difficult than it seems. Also, I find it can be challenging to get that condensor hot enough depending on the room dynamics. It can be a noise or feedback nightmare.
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Post by timsurrett » Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:46 am

Hey Rick! For some reason It won't let me respond to your message. I'll keep trying!
By the way, we use 2 set-ups... 2 big condensors with 2 instrument mics,or, individual mics at festivals.

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Post by timsurrett » Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:26 pm

I guess I need to be authorized to respond. Tim

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Post by hickorysmokebbq » Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:25 pm

As the bass player. I do not like being a roady. We started out with multiple mics. We are now using a single condenser mic AT3035 running into a Behringer DSP110 inline for feedback control. We mostly use the peavey escort 3000 for pa. The DSP110 has a setup mode that will automatically generate feedback sources and configure the notch filters to eliminate the feedback. There is also a mode to automatically detect feedback. Still trying/tweaking. It has worked well so far. We are still working on the "Dance" around the mic as well. But this way "We" control the blend. Not the soundman. :ugeek:
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Re: Mic set ups for your bands.

Post by Basshawg » Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:50 pm

This is a great thread! I mean, hearing what folks prefer. I think everyone has experienced the singles vs. the condenser mic. Goods stuff, keep it going.

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Re: Mic set ups for your bands.

Post by UnderBoss » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:06 am

Haven't been gigging for a while, but the new group that were forming is probably leaning towards individual mics. Previously Ive played in groups using both methods. My own preference to watch is the single mic set up and the "dance". I like to see the interplay between the musicians and sometimes with a group spead out to individual mics my attention is drifting around the stage and I am sure I am missing some really good "moments" of interaction.
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