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Micing Live Performance

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 3:00 am
by preachingblues
OK, gear question here. I'm going to start playing out locally very soon and I need to be able to mic guitars for live performances. I have an Taylor acoustic-electric for fingerpicking blues, but I absolutely NEED to mic my resonator for live performance and I have another acoustic that I'd like to be able to mic as well.

Ideally, I'd like to buy a condensor mic that allows me to mic the guitar and get a good sound. It would be nice if I could use one mic for guitar and vocals, bluegrass style. Honestly, I'd like to find a mic that could do both. I'd like to be able to use just the one mic if I want, or use a separate vocal mic and just mic the guitar. Is there something out there that could do this fairly well?

So I need recommendations for a condensor mic for performing.

Re: Micing Live Performance

PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 4:49 am
by oleman

Pretty pricey....

Radio Shack has a clip on mic that is under powered, about $20. but sounds pretty gnarrly on my reso. run into a SS fender amp. Some feedback.

Sometimes I just tape a Shure58 to the bridge of my doghouse and get a nice warm sound. Should work for mic a guitar.

Re: Micing Live Performance

PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 6:10 pm
by 1dustyeod
When all else fails...... watch the professionals. Get yourself a copy of "Clapton.... Unplugged" and look at the way they mike his guitars..... Placement is the key. Not necessarily the type of mike.... and NEVER point them into the soundhole.

:) 8) :roll:

Re: Micing Live Performance

PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 5:24 pm
by texas blues
For just the guitar I use an Audio Technica AT2021 condenser aimed more or less at the high end of the fretboard where it joins the body of the guitar. For using one mic for both vox and guitar, you might try the AT 2020 which is a large cardoid condenser mic. It's pretty sensitive and pics up everything. You will have to move it around to find the distance it works best at, depending on the room.
Cheers, TB.

Re: Micing Live Performance

PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 10:46 am
by oldbluesdude
:D Hi I've been using a Shure sm57 on my Duolian for years
with great sound,just point it at the lower f-hole,


Re: Micing Live Performance

PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:18 pm
by 1dustyeod

Re: Micing Live Performance

PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:05 pm
by jpfeiff
If you're on a tight budget, you might look at the Behringer B-5 condenser. Don't thnk it will work that well for your vocals, but I've been using one for both live micing and recording and have been real happy with it--and it costs less than 100 bucks.

Re: Micing Live Performance

PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:49 am
by stumblin
I recently got me one of these babys.
It sounds fantastic, and they're going for between seventy and a hundred pounds. It works for resonators, acoustic guitars, banjos, ukuleles, you name it. It also fits in a regular size mic holder, unlike some of the other condensers I've seen.
No good for vocals though, so you'll still be in a two mic situation.

Re: Micing Live Performance

PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:03 am
by mnozzolio
Here's an MXL V63 condenser from Musicians Friend $99. ... sku=273158

I have one and have used with a bluegrass band (one mike setup, though like most bands, we added wing mics to pick up some of the side instruments).

For solo work, it's great. Picks up both vocals and dobro, and I stand when I play, though I play lap-style. It'd work even better if you play seated, I bet.
It does require phantom power. My rig doesn't have phantom, so I purchased a small phantom power unit for $20 or so.

Re: Micing Live Performance

PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 5:48 am
by bottleneck
condenser mic for both voice and guitar is a nice idea.however it is difficult to get it to work with lower quality PA's and soundmen or loud audiences.

i always suggest(i've said it here a million times,i'll say it again)BEFORE BUYING FANCY ASS MICS one should own a 57 and a 58.

like old bluesdude said,a 57 pointed at the lower f hole.58 for vocals.better yet is a 57 at the cone,a 57 at the soundholes and a 58 for voice.

it is always good to have a 57 or 58 around,either can be used to mic instruments,voice ,amps etc.