Mic'ing your bass

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Mic'ing your bass

Post by ElwoodGruff » Sun Aug 29, 2010 8:45 am

OK, since there are no posts in this section I'm gonna start here too, just like I did in the band section before. :D (I just really don't likeseeing no threads in a section.)

99% of the time I use a pickup or we played unamplified. But occasionally I have to mic my bass, and I got to thinking about how everyone else does it. So...

What is the best way you've found to mic your bass?

I've always found a Shure SM57 wrapped in a handerkerchief and wedged behind the tailpeice is best for me.

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Re: Mic'ing your bass

Post by wineaux » Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:42 am

I'm a fan of the H-clamp sold by Bob Gollihur. Expensive, but it keeps the mic in the sweetspot no matter how much I move around. I use it with an SM57. One of these days, I'm going to attach a bigger shock mount and see if a large diaphragm mic will work with the clamp.
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Re: Mic'ing your bass

Post by ElwoodGruff » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:25 pm

I liked the soundI got using the H-Clamp, but I move around so much it wouldn't stay on; so I sold it.

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Post by lowendrick » Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:46 pm

ElwoodGruff wrote:I liked the soundI got using the H-Clamp, but I move around so much it wouldn't stay on; so I sold it.
:D Yeah, I love my new (used) H-clamp. I move around a bit, but I guess not too much. Played a completely insane hippie festival on a farm in the middle of nowhere last night. Was supposed to go on at 10PM but they ran late and we didn't get on until 11:45PM. Soundman was in no mood for complicated rigs so I kept my AI amp in the car, clipped on the h-clamp with a Audix D2 and was good to go. Handed the soundman my XLR cable and went straight to the board. The band used a large condensor for vocals and 2 SM57s for instruments. Sounded really great. Incredibly clear and natural. But I'm guessing all those tripping hippies barely noticed the quality of the sound.
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Re: Mic'ing your bass

Post by UnderBoss » Sun Aug 29, 2010 8:21 pm

lowendrick wrote: Yeah, I love my new (used) H-clamp. I move around a bit, but I guess not too much. Played a completely insane hippie festival on a farm in the middle of nowhere last night. Was supposed to go on at 10PM but they ran late and we didn't get on until 11:45PM. Soundman was in no mood for complicated rigs so I kept my AI amp in the car, clipped on the h-clamp with a Audix D2 and was good to go. Handed the soundman my XLR cable and went straight to the board. The band used a large condensor for vocals and 2 SM57s for instruments. Sounded really great. Incredibly clear and natural. But I'm guessing all those tripping hippies barely noticed the quality of the sound.
lowend,
I've been watching for a good deal on an Audix D2. You sound very happy with yours. Out here in the mid-west, we do a little cow-tipping now and then, but tripping hippies just sounds mean.
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Post by lowendrick » Sun Aug 29, 2010 8:30 pm

UnderBoss wrote:
lowendrick wrote: Yeah, I love my new (used) H-clamp. I move around a bit, but I guess not too much. Played a completely insane hippie festival on a farm in the middle of nowhere last night. Was supposed to go on at 10PM but they ran late and we didn't get on until 11:45PM. Soundman was in no mood for complicated rigs so I kept my AI amp in the car, clipped on the h-clamp with a Audix D2 and was good to go. Handed the soundman my XLR cable and went straight to the board. The band used a large condensor for vocals and 2 SM57s for instruments. Sounded really great. Incredibly clear and natural. But I'm guessing all those tripping hippies barely noticed the quality of the sound.
lowend,
I've been watching for a good deal on an Audix D2. You sound very happy with yours. Out here in the mid-west, we do a little cow-tipping now and then, but tripping hippies just sounds mean.
:lol: maybe i shoulda said "trippin"
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Re: Mic'ing your bass

Post by bustamelon » Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:35 pm

Another nod for the H clamp/D2 combo...
Rick I don't know if I knew you got one of those. I guess you're happy with it on your bass? Which bass, btw?

.... and what festival was that?
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Post by lowendrick » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:24 am

bustamelon wrote:Another nod for the H clamp/D2 combo...
Rick I don't know if I knew you got one of those. I guess you're happy with it on your bass? Which bass, btw?

.... and what festival was that?
Busta, you were the one who pointed out the D2 on sale I believe. I've been using it on both my Meisel and Upton with good success.

The festival was the Elemental Energy Festival in Morris CT. I played with Katie Wilson and the Two Time String Band. We'll have to talk sometime. That festival is something else.
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Re: Mic'ing your bass

Post by Kojack » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:19 am

I'm a big fan of pickups for their convenience and consistency. I have fewer concerns with feedback, and I don't have to worry about keeping the bass targeted to the mic whilst trying to dodge the mandolin player or keep a stray fiddle bow from going up my nose. The H-Clamp is one good solution to inconsistent mic placement. It allows you to match a microphone you really like with a consistent mounting system.

My personal choice has been the ATM-35 [shown below]. It's small, dependable, easy to carry, easy to set up and I can clamp it in an f-hole and forget about it. I'm a big fan of idiot-proof equipment, and the ATM-35 gives me that. Some may be concerned that a small-diaphragm condenser is a compromise that doesn't capture the full sound of an upright. That may be the case. But I've been satisfied with the results.

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Re: Mic'ing your bass

Post by rkparrish » Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:51 pm

really glad this thread popped up. when you mic your bass do you mic over the f hole or over the body of the bass and why?
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