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Re: Mic'ing your bass

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:08 pm
by PlyGuy
Kojack wrote:
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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I have the ATM-35 too, and like it very much. We have one at the Pennyroyal also and everyone who uses it, likes it.

Re: Mic'ing your bass

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:09 pm
by lowendrick
rkparrish wrote: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?
I keep experimenting. Haven't settled on the perfect spot. Its usually not right at the f-hole, although that has worked best on at least one gig.

Re: Mic'ing your bass

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:01 pm
by RobRavlin
Lowend, you probably didn't mention you had friends in the nuke bussiness?

Re: Mic'ing your bass

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:05 pm
by bustamelon
Live, I usually do go right (and I mean RIGHT) up to the ff, within a centimeter anyway, but at a 45 deg angle out and down, treble side, upper opening with the dynamic mic. This way, it doesn't necessarily get the best sound possible, but the gain on the board can stay relatively low and there is zero feedback issues.

... but now you all have the gears in my head turning again, so I'll have to try experimenting.

Studio is a different story, and is never the same twice.
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Re: Mic'ing your bass

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:10 pm
by lowendrick
RobRavlin wrote:Lowend, you probably didn't mention you had friends in the nuke bussiness?
:o I do?

Re: Mic'ing your bass

Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:19 am
by RobRavlin
Busta, did you have to post the pic of your baby? That's teasing...... :D

Re: Mic'ing your bass

Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:19 am
by Gufenov
Kojack wrote: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.
I tried this mic at a festival, run through the sound board, and loved it. I'm wondering if / how I can run it through an amp? I have a Fender Bassman 250 and it has a dual setting on the input for high / low impedance. I also have XLR to 1/4" adapters. Any experience with this?

Re: Mic'ing your bass

Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:28 am
by bustamelon
RobRavlin wrote:Busta, did you have to post the pic of your baby? That's teasing...... :D
Well, I wanted to show the mic clipped on. Of course, you can't see it very well...

Re: Mic'ing your bass

Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:49 am
by rkparrish
i have heard you can't mix condenser and dynamic mics on stage. we had a small festival and one of the bass players brought a small condenser mic for his bass. it caused problems with the sound and gave the sound guy a fit. next band went back to a dynamic mic and everything went back to normal. anything to this or just a weak sound man.

Re: Mic'ing your bass

Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:16 am
by ElwoodGruff
From my experience, it's just a soundman who didn't want to fool with tweaking the sound to get it right for the condenser.

I've played in various configurations using both types of mics, it just took extra tweaking. And I've seen many professionals use a condesor for everyone to stand around and then a couple SM57 for people to step up to to take solos.

It's easier if you have all the same kind of mics, especially if you're not used to using the other kind. Just sound to me like a lazy or inexperienced sound guy.