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Microphone Setup

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Jonathan Fisher, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. Are any of you using microphones only to amplify your sound? If so what are you using?

    I have been using a Sure Beta 56a microphone padded and set under the bridge and running it through a D-Tar Solstice pre-amp to a JBL powered monitor. It sounds great and is loud enough to be heard with loud drummers. I have also been using an MXL large diaphragm condenser mic to a PA system with no amp which also sounds great in certain settings. I have been looking to buy an Electro Voice re20 next. After hearing how great these microphones sound, I just can't use pick ups anymore.

    Please let me know your thoughts.
  2. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    I've had my tried my share of miniature condenser microphones. Currently, for FOH I'm fond of the DPA 4099B. It's easy to mound, especially with the new DVote version. I have moved to an Ehrlund EAP and Preamp for most of my gigs. It's a surface mounted "linear microphone" that sounds very natural on my bass. Unfortunately, they just took a considerable price bump. Gollihur Music does offer them on a trial basis, where you can audition one and return it within 7 days.


    If I had unlimited funds I would probably go with a Schoeps CMC6 + MK41 Capsule. I've heard Larry Grenadier use that set up live. It sounds wonderful. He also uses the "Really Nice Pre Amp".
  3. samriley


    Jul 14, 2008
    For the last 14 years I've been using an omnidirectional mini mic made by the Leon Audio Company here in south oz. I've tried various ways of mounting it and I still blu-tak it to the belly on the edge of the f hole. I've tried the DPA rubber clip with my mic but I find that as soon as I clip it onto the strings above the tailpiece it immediately has a dampening effect on the acoustic sound. Great idea but doesn't work. I'm using a little GK 10" amp. Setup works great for me. Great natural woody sound. Plenty of volume but when I need to be louder I use the EV re20 on the f hole thru front of house. I'm very happy with this setup. I can still get the true acoustic sound of my bass at any volume. Some sound techs look at me strangely when I want to mic the bass but it works for me. Good to hear others are into the mic thing
  4. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
  5. Nathan Levine

    Nathan Levine Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2008
    Anchorage, AK
    +1 for ribbon mics.
  6. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Augusta GA
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    I've been using a Sennheisser MD-409, which I like, but I don't put it through an amp, just the house PA. Same thing, wrap it in foam and put it between the bridge feet.

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