Hi everyone. I am looking to experiment with blending my Realist pickup with a microphone. I tried putting an SM57 on a boom stand, and plugging it into my GK800RB with 12" avatar NEO cabinet using an XLR to 1/4 cable, just to see what the mic alone would sound like, because I don't have a device to blend the pickup and mic yet. I could not get hardly any sound from the mic, even with the amp cranked. I put it in every different place next to the bass and it didn't really make a difference. Any advice?